[Bioperl-l] Bioperl NT update

Hilmar Lapp lapp@gnf.org
Thu, 14 Dec 2000 14:58:51 -0800

Peter Schattner wrote:
> The test scripts for the clustalw.pm, standaloneblast.pm and tcoffee.pm
> modules check for the presence of the respective underlying programs
> they need on the host machine when in a Unix (or Linux) environment.  If
> they are not found, the respective tests are skipped.  However, under NT
> this approach is untested and probably won?t work.  I suspect the
> underlying programs may not even be available under NT (or Mac).
> I think the best bet would be to completely skip all the tests relating
> to these modules unless the host OS is a Unix variant.  Alternatively,
> the tests could presumably live with precomputed output to be used if
> the Bioperl installation test-harness detects a non-unix environment .
> However I do not know how to incorporate either of these approaches in
> the Bioperl installation.  Can anyone help?

	$ perl -e 'print $^O,"\n";'

(or $OSNAME; see 'perldoc perlvar') lets you figure out the OS of the host.
(Could people using Mac and NT send what it prints on their machines?)

What is the problem with precomputed results?

Hilmar Lapp                            email: lapp@gnf.org
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