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Re: while compiling Perl ...

Susan G. Kleinmann writes:

>Should one expect that the files in the source directory have all
>been edited so that a simple 'make' (or in the case of Perl,
>'Configure') with all the defaults is exactly what should be done to
>reproduce what's in the .deb package, or do the diffs have to be
>applied (and if so, exactly how does one go about doing that?).

The source package should already have the Debian patches applied...
You're supposed to be able to use the per-package debian.rules file:

	./debian.rules build
		- compile everything
	./debian.rules binary
		- create the .deb package
	./debian.rules clean
		- clean everything up

debian.rules is a makefile, but starts with a #! line which causes it
to be fed to make in the right way.

>On the subject of Perl, can anyone interpret this warning message that
>comes from the Perl Configure program:
>*** WHOA THERE!!! ***
>    The recommended value for $d_dbm_open on this machine was "undef"!
>    Keep the recommended value? [y] 
>Does this explain why latex2html fails (i.e., goes into some kind of loop
>and returns no error message, even inside an eval) on dbmopen calls?

Looks believable to me.

Richard Kettlewell  richard@uk.geeks.org  http://www.elmail.co.uk/staff/richard/

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