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Dominic Dunlop
May 3, 2006 08:47
Re: Perl on Win98
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On 2006–04–27, at 04:02, David wrote:

> I hope this is an appropriate list for this question.

Well, it should be, and, as nobody's jumped in ... I try to know as  
little about Win 98 as possible, but:

> I've searched for
> answers to this question and haven't found much info.
> I've compiled Perl 5.8.8 on Win 98 under MinGW, but haven't tried
> installing it because of the numerous failed tests.  My results are
> somewhat comparable to what Greg Matheson reported in this (somewhat
> old) message:
> Failed 83/988 test scripts, 91.60% okay. 5636/116817 subtests failed,
> 95.18% okay.

If your results are similar to those in the cited message, many of  
the tests you're failing are in perl itself, rather than library or  
external modules. I wouldn't install it myself.

What to do? Firstly, please resubmit your post as a bug report -- we  
get automatically nagged if these go unanswered or unresolved. With a  
bit of luck, you might be able to run

perl -Ilib utils\perlbug

(or whatever way your slashes go) to produce a file in the format  
that we prefer, then paste that into mail to If  
that doesn't work try

myconfig  or  sh myconfig

and paste output the output describing your configuration into a free- 
form bug report. (Failing all that, simply paste the contents of  

Secondly, you could try the perl-win32-porters list (although the  
perl-win32-porters tend to read perl5-porters too). Look at the intro  
page first -- 
porters. The thread starting at 
Message/perl-win32-porters/2293717 seems relevant to me -- even if it  
is about XP.

Finally, (if you haven't already) look at the MinGW mailing list  
archives at -- "perl win98" as a  
"match all" search term gets several hits -- although posts like are  
not encouraging. You might also like to ask for help on those lists.
Dominic Dunlop

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