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Perl 5.14.0 Solaris failing tests May 19, 2011

Posted by claudio in Uncategorized.
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I’m preparing –together with the nice people from OpenCSW— a bug report for p5p with information about the failing tests for a Solaris10-Sparc-64-bit-threaded perl.

In case you wonder, most failing tests are related to threading. But even when building a non-treaded version there are some failing tests (Failed 10 tests out of 1961, 99.49% okay). The threaded 32-bit version passes all the tests. The Solaris9-Sparc-64-bit-threaded perl seems to build and test fine as well, but I need to verify it (e.g. that we are testing exactly the same thing).

Ping me here in case you have this combination working. Patches to p5p are always better than bugs rapports :) . Mental note: “I will test the RC releases on other OSes than GNU/Linux next time”.

Blastwave is dead, long live OpenCSW and … Blastwave! November 18, 2008

Posted by claudio in Uncategorized.
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damnLet’s face it. GNU/Linux is miles ahead of Solaris when talking about an integrated package management. The combo dpkg/apt-get on Debian and derivatives and even rpms are killer features for many sys-admins and users. The huge well-maintained software repositories are amazing.

Solaris pkg-system (SVR4 packages) and patch-system (individual patches and patchclusters) feel like ancient history. On a fun day I’ll end up writing a perl wrapper for pkgadd and co. (pkgrm, pkginfo, patchadd, patchrm…) to accept parameters in latin…

If you don’t feel like compiling from source dozens (hundreds?) applications and libraries you can always count on kind-of-sponsored-by-SUN sunfreeware. However, dependencies are handled by looking in a web page which dependencies the package has. And which dependencies the dependencies have on an other page, and… You get the picture.

Blastwave to the rescue? The last months have been sad for the Solaris community.



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