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Re: This Week on perl5-porters (20-26 March 2006)

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Craig A. Berry
March 30, 2006 06:30
Re: This Week on perl5-porters (20-26 March 2006)
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In article <>, (David Landgren) wrote:

> More on "Module::Build" on VMS
>    Ken Williams got back to Craig A. Berry's patch from last week for
>    "Module::Build" on VMS, and implemented a new approach to deal with
>    backtick captures. John E. Malmberg and Craig batted it around for a
>    while until it looked ready. John wrapped it up as a new version of
>    "ExtUtils::CBuilder". John noted that there might be issues with older
>    VMS versions that limit command lines to 255 characters, but decided
>    to punt the issue for the time being.
>      Looking good

I think we did resolve the ExtUtils::CBuilder issue, but since the VMS 
port does not currently support the list form of piped open, Ken's 
approach to backtick captures in Module::Build won't work on VMS.  Ken 
expressed disappointment about being led down the garden path by the  
perlfaq8 entry entitled "How can I call backticks without shell 
processing?"  I suggested that for spawning one-liners we borrow from 
the Test::* modules (or even t/; the approach there is less 
elegant than what Ken was trying to do, but I think the platform 
idiosyncrasies have been pretty well worked out and battle tested by 

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