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[perl #24259] POD of UNIVERSAL is dangerous

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October 22, 2003 19:20
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[perl #24259] POD of UNIVERSAL is dangerous
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To: perlbug@perl.org
Subject: POD of UNIVERSAL is dangerous
Reply-To: micaja@de.ibm.com
Message-Id: <5.8.0_4564_1066733734@SCHNARCHNASE>

This is a bug report for perl from micaja@de.ibm.com,
generated with the help of perlbug 1.34 running under perl v5.8.0.


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[Please enter your report here]

The POD of UNIVERSAL has this line as example:

 use UNIVERSAL qw( isa can VERSION );

This should be either removed or there should be a remark like this:

DANGER! "use"ing UNIVERSAL WILL break many CPAN modules. Do not do
this, use "*isa = \&UNIVERSAL::isa;" instead or expect hard to trace
error pop up...

example:

 $ perl
 use IPC::Run;

 use Net::SFTP;
 "SSH2" is not exported by the Net::SSH::Perl::Buffer module
 Can't continue after import errors at
/usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.0/Net/SFTP/Buffer.pm line 6
 BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at
/usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.0/Net/SFTP/Buffer.pm line 6.
 Compilation failed in require at
/usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.0/Net/SFTP/Attributes.pm line 7.
 BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at
/usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.0/Net/SFTP/Attributes.pm line 7.
 Compilation failed in require at
/usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.0/Net/SFTP.pm line 8.
 BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at
/usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.0/Net/SFTP.pm line 8.
 Compilation failed in require at - line 3.
 BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at - line 3.

and:

 $ perl
 use Net::SFTP;

 use IPC::Run;

 $

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Flags:
    category=docs
    severity=low
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Site configuration information for perl v5.8.0:

Configured by Gerrit at Fri Aug 29 11:53:54 CEST 2003.

Summary of my perl5 (revision 5.0 version 8 subversion 0) configuration:
  Platform:
    osname=cygwin, osvers=1.3.22(0.7832), archname=cygwin-multi-64int
    uname='cygwin_nt-5.0 ismene 1.3.22(0.7832) 2003-03-18 09:20 i586
unknown unknown cygwin '
    config_args='-de -Dmksymlinks -Dusemultiplicity -Duse64bitint
-Doptimize=-O3 -Dman3ext=3pm'
    hint=recommended, useposix=true, d_sigaction=define
    usethreads=undef use5005threads=undef useithreads=undef
usemultiplicity=define
    useperlio=define d_sfio=undef uselargefiles=define usesocks=undef
    use64bitint=define use64bitall=undef uselongdouble=undef
    usemymalloc=y, bincompat5005=undef
  Compiler:
    cc='gcc', ccflags ='-DPERL_USE_SAFE_PUTENV -fno-strict-aliasing',
    optimize='-O3',
    cppflags='-DPERL_USE_SAFE_PUTENV -fno-strict-aliasing'
    ccversion='', gccversion='3.2 20020927 (prerelease)', gccosandvers=''
    intsize=4, longsize=4, ptrsize=4, doublesize=8, byteorder=12345678
    d_longlong=define, longlongsize=8, d_longdbl=define, longdblsize=12
    ivtype='long long', ivsize=8, nvtype='double', nvsize=8, Off_t='off_t',
lseeksize=4
    alignbytes=8, prototype=define
  Linker and Libraries:
    ld='ld2', ldflags =' -s -L/usr/local/lib'
    libpth=/usr/local/lib /usr/lib /lib
    libs=-lgdbm -ldb -lcrypt -lutil -lgdbm_compat
    perllibs=-lcrypt -lutil -lgdbm_compat
    libc=/usr/lib/libc.a, so=dll, useshrplib=true, libperl=libperl.a
    gnulibc_version=''
  Dynamic Linking:
    dlsrc=dl_dlopen.xs, dlext=dll, d_dlsymun=undef, ccdlflags=' -s'
    cccdlflags=' ', lddlflags=' -s -L/usr/local/lib'

Locally applied patches:


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@INC for perl v5.8.0:
    /usr/lib/perl5/5.8.0/cygwin-multi-64int
    /usr/lib/perl5/5.8.0
    /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.0/cygwin-multi-64int
    /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.0
    /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl
    .

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Environment for perl v5.8.0:
    HOME=/home/MichaelJacob
    LANG (unset)
    LANGUAGE (unset)
    LD_LIBRARY_PATH (unset)
    LOGDIR (unset)

PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/cygdrive/c/WINNT/system32:/cygdrive/c/WINNT:/cygdrive/c/WINNT/system32/WBEM:/cygdrive/c/perl580/bin:/usr/bin:/cygdrive/c/Program

Files/UltraEdit:/cygdrive/c/PROGRA~1/IBM/SQLLIB/BIN:/cygdrive/c/PROGRA~1/IBM/SQLLIB/FUNCTION:/cygdrive/c/PROGRA~1/IBM/SQLLIB/SAMPLES/REPL:/cygdrive/c/WINNT/system32:/cygdrive/c/WINNT:/cygdrive/c/WINNT/system32/WBEM:/cygdrive/c/perl580/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/X11R6/bin
    PERL_BADLANG (unset)
    SHELL (unset)




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