[Bioperl-l] Install help errors

Alex Lancaster alexl at users.sourceforge.net
Sat Jul 5 00:05:48 EDT 2008

>>>>> "CF" == Chris Fields  writes:


>> $ rpm -q --whatprovides 'perl(Scalar::Util)'
>> perl-5.10.0-27.fc9.i386

>> Feel free to Cc me on the bug.  Once fixed in perl 5.10, we could
>> look into backporting the fix to F-8 which still ships with perl
>> 5.8.


CF> Scalar::Util bug reports have already been posted several times,
CF> both with Fedora 8 and RHEL 5:

OK, thanks for the bugzilla pointers.

CF> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=375621

That's a RHEL bug.  Not much a Fedora contributor can do to influence
that bug, unfortunately, hopefully they will fix it in time (also
perl-bioperl hasn't been branched for EPEL, which is "Extras for RHEL"
as yet).

CF> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=335481

That bug seems to have been closed as not a bug, possibly because of
mixing between CPAN and Fedora compiled bits. 

CF> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=434574

This bug seems to indicate that the problem was fixed in
perl-5.8.8-36.fc8 which was released back in March.

CF> The first bug apparently is still pending.  This doesn't include
CF> duplicate reports either.

CF> Unfortunately this appears to be a common issue with Fedora/RH.
CF> I'm not sure why they consistently ship perl with an apparently
CF> broken Scalar::Util (which is part of the perl core lib since 5.8
CF> and is tested for weaken() and other XS-based methods, so should
CF> fail).  The module apparently compiles w/o problems.

If this this can be duplicated on Fedora in Perl later than
perl-5.8.8-36.fc8 then


should probably be re-opened, but at least looking at that bug it
seems the issue *was* fixed in that version, so hopefully Fedora
hasn't "consistently" been shipping a broken version of Perl since


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