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Nicholas Clark
August 6, 2013 16:26
Re: perl v5.18.1-RC2 is now available
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On Tue, Aug 06, 2013 at 05:06:04PM +0300, Niko Tyni wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 04, 2013 at 08:33:45AM -0400, Ricardo Signes wrote:
> > Presented without great fanfare, perl-5.18.1-RC2.
> > This will become 5.18.1 on August 9, unless there are major problems.
> I don't think this is major, but the perl5db.t changes introduced
> a test failure on Linux when the 'man' command is not available.
> (This happens to be the case in our minimal build environments unless
>  a dependency on the corresponding man package is declared.)
>   not ok 116 - perldoc command works fine
>   # Failed test 116 - perldoc command works fine at lib/perl5db.t line 2702
>   #      got ''
>   # expected /(?^:No manual entry for perlrules)/
> It's not perfect, but would it be enough to just skip this test if
> /usr/bin/man isn't present?  See the attached patch.

I think that that's the best solution. We found that it was quite hard to
actually write a reliable test, let alone a portable test. I think that it
doesn't matter if the test is skipped frequently, as long as it still runs
on some platforms.

> Also, something that caught my eye: LC_MESSAGES is spelled wrongly
> in perl5db.t. This is most probably just cosmetic, but attaching
> a patch anyway.


It possibly does matter. :-)
It's certainly worth fixing. And I suspect worth backporting, in case it

Nicholas Clark

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