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Craig A. Berry
December 30, 2003 11:49
maintperl@22000 status on VMS
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With maintperl@22000 using Compaq C V6.5-001 on OpenVMS Alpha V7.3-1, 
I see the following failures (with bug tracking info included where 

lib/ExtUtils/t/Constant..............FAILED at test 27

lib/ExtUtils/t/INST_PREFIX...........FAILED at test 41

no ticket #, but see

lib/Test/Harness/t/callback..........FAILED at test 17
lib/Test/Harness/t/inc_taint.........FAILED at test 1
lib/Test/Harness/t/strap-analyze.....FAILED at test 93
lib/Test/Harness/t/test-harness......FAILED at test 164

lib/vmsish...........................FAILED at test 25
Failed 7 test scripts out of 781, 99.10% okay.

This is a genuine bug in using stat() while the "vmsish 'time'" 
pragma is in effect.

Other serious issues include:

MakeMaker recompiles and reliinks all the extensions when making the 
test target (for reasons different from those that caused similar 
behavior recently on other platforms).  See

Extension building dies on older VMS systems because of portability 
issues with chmod on a directory.  See:

On VAX, the basic test num.t fails because test #47 assumes a greater 
floating point range than is available by default.  See

The MakeMaker issues are probably the most serious ones and are all 
new since 5.8.2.  Patches for most of them exist in some form, either 
in the rt queue or in vmsperl discussions.  I'm a bit confused about 
what I should do given the code freeze deadline, holiday schedules, 
and Nick's understandable reluctance to integrate new things from 
CPAN at the last minute.  I guess I'll take a stab at throwing 
together a consolidated VMS-only patch today and see what happens.
Craig A. Berry

"... getting out of a sonnet is much more
 difficult than getting in."
                 Brad Leithauser

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