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linda w.
March 2, 2003 01:04
RE: CPAN usage question....apropos?
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000101c2e09a$9e2697f0$ least its not just me making another clueless mistake
this time....:-)...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: k@k242.linux.bogus [mailto:k@k242.linux.bogus] On
> Behalf Of Andreas J. Koenig
> Sent: March 02, 2003 12:42a
> To: linda w.
> Cc:;
> Subject: Re: CPAN usage question....apropos?
> >>>>> On Sat, 1 Mar 2003 19:53:05 -0800, "linda w."
> <> said:
>   > Not sure if this is the right forum for this,
> Normally the author of a module decides which forum to use for
> discussion. In this case it's probably OK to bother us because the bug
> may be related to perl directly. CC'd to, the author
> of Devel::SmallProf to hear his opinion.
>   > so have patience,
>   > But just started trying the CPAN shell last
> night...exploring around.
>   > (looking for a way to instrument a program by-line instead of by
>   > proc)...I ran into a module that required module "DB"
>   > (
>   > Thing is, the CPAN shell seems to not recognize its existance.
>   > Try looking under author as such luck.
> DB is not a module, it's a namespace reserved for the Perl debugger.
> Profilers usually hook into this namespace.
>   > Is there something special about this module such that it
> would not
>   > appear in CPAN?  When I tried to build a module that depended on
>   > it (Devel-smallprof), I got errors about it not existing
> on my machine.
> Confirmed. 'make test' on Devel::SmallProf 0.9 fails miserably. Bugs
> on CPAN modules should be reported to and apparently
> somebody has reported this bug 9 months ago.

  > Am I missing something obvious other than manual download of the source
  > and macking it is somewhere in the include path?

  > Perhaps am confused, but isn't that what the cpan-shell is supposed
  > to do for me?

The cpan shell can install properly declared prerequisites for you but
it cannot fix bugs in modules. Devel::SmallProf passes all its tests
with perl-5.6.1 but not with 5.8. I do not know why.


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