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[perl #38319] Something to double check before releasing 5.8.8

Adam Kennedy
January 24, 2006 08:26
[perl #38319] Something to double check before releasing 5.8.8
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In doing some Windows Perl stuff (for my Perl on Windows competition at I noticed a problem with the included in ActivePerl 5.8.7, which I'm assuming at this point 
is the same as in stock 5.8.7.

The interacts with LWP and ftp.exe in such a way (it's a 
combination of 2-3 conditions) that it means that CPAN mirror selection 
cannot be completed on any Win32 host that HAS the ability to do 
passive-FTP but does NOT have the ability to do full-two-way-FTP.

This means NATs, firewalls, ADSL and cable modem router boxes, Virtual 
PC images, and a ton of other situations.

Since testing of ActivePerl 5.8.8 isn't going to be possible until AFTER 
the release of 5.8.8, I thought I should not it for core Perl.

Please verify BEFORE releasing 5.8.8 that whatever is installed 
CAN deal with the above-mentioned passive FTP situations.

I'm assuming this means checking ftp.exe for false-positive failures (it 
creates zero byte files) and making sure LWP and similar are explicitly 
told to always work in passive mode, at the very least when pulling down 

I've filed bugs against for all the situations I 
could find where it has issues (there's 4 bugs).

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