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Re: Bug#556386: ITP: libdigest-sha-pureperl-perl -- Digest::SHA::PurePerl - Perl implementation of SHA-1/224/256/384/512

On Sunday 15 November 2009 13:38:01 Jonathan Yu wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 1:28 PM, Peter Samuelson <peter@p12n.org> wrote:
> > [Andres Mejia]
> >
> >> Digest::SHA::PurePerl is a complete implementation of the NIST Secure
> >> Hash Standard written entirely in Perl. It gives Perl programmers a
> >> convenient way to calculate SHA-1, SHA-224, SHA-256, SHA-384, and
> >> SHA-512 message digests. It is functionally equivalent to the
> >> Digest::SHA module.
> >
> > Is there any possible point?  All Debian architectures can build and
> > run XS Perl modules.
> (Note: I have no idea what this particular case is about)
> PurePerl programs are often useful because they have less risk of
> crashing horribly via a segfault. I'm not sure how this applies to
> something as well-tested as the Digest::SHA module or the C
> implementation of the algorithm.
> It should be noted that while all arches can build and run XS modules,
> it doesn't preclude a given arch from being unable to build a module
> properly. In that case, it's convenient to be able to fall back to a
> pure perl equivalent easily.
> Neither of these is really convincing (not to me, and probably not to
> you), but it's the best I could come up with.

Well, really the only reason why I'm even bothering to package this is because 
I'm working on an assignment which I want to make sure builds and runs on 
CentOS and OSX and making Digest::SHA::PurePerl work would be easier for me 
than making Digest::SHA build and run on these other distros. Of course, I 
know I didn't need to debianize this module for this particular purpose, but I 
thought I would take the time to package it anyway.

For anyone willing to sponsor an upload of this module, I have packages ready 
for review and upload at:

Thanks in advance.


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