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7b73750b 1Notes on Perl on the Hurd
c2da85ba 2Last Updated: Sat, 6 Mar 1999 16:07:59 +0100
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3Written by: Mark Kettenis <kettenis@gnu.org>
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5If you want to use Perl on the Hurd, I recommend using the Debian
6GNU/Hurd distribution (see http://www.debian.org), even if an
7official, stable release has not yet been made. The old `gnu-0.2'
8binary distribution will most certainly have additional problems.
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c2da85ba 10* Known Problems
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12The Perl testsuite may still report some errors on the Hurd. The
13`lib/anydbm.t' and `op/stat.t' tests will most certainly fail. The
14first fails because Berkeley DB 2 does not allow empty keys and the
15test tries to use them anyway. This is not really a Hurd bug. The
16same test fails on Linux with version 2.1 of the GNU C Library. The
17second failure is caused by a bug in the Hurd's filesystem servers,
18that we have not been able to fix yet. I don't think it is crucial.
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20The socket tests may fail if the network is not configured. You have
21to make `/hurd/pfinet' the translator for `/servers/socket/2', giving
22it the right arguments. Try `/hurd/pfinet --help' for more
c2da85ba 23information.
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25Here are the statistics for Perl 5.005_03 on my system:
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27Failed Test Status Wstat Total Fail Failed List of failed
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c2da85ba 29lib/anydbm.t 12 1 8.33% 12
7b73750b 30op/stat.t 58 1 1.72% 4
7b73750b 315 tests skipped, plus 14 subtests skipped.
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32Failed 2/189 test scripts, 98.94% okay. 2/6669 subtests failed, 99.97% okay.
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34There are quite a few systems out there that do worse!
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36However, since I am running a very recent Hurd snapshot, in which a lot of
37bugs that were exposed by the Perl testsuite have been fixed, you may
38encounter more failures. Likely candidates are: `lib/io_pipe.t',
39`lib/io_sock.t', `lib/io_udp.t' and `lib/time.t'.
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