Request for Testers: gsoc_nci branch

James E Keenan jkeen at
Tue Nov 16 03:14:09 UTC 2010

Peter Lobsinger wrote:

> I intend to merge this soon after the 2.10 release is cut.

Peter, please see the attached patch, which I have pushed to the 
gsoc_nci branch.

As the branch stood, config/auto/ failed to gracefully handle 
the case where libffi was installed but pkg-config was not.  I 
discovered this the hard way:  After submitting one smoke report from 
linux/i386 without having libffi installed, I installed the libffi 
debian packages needed.  But I didn't know that pkg-config was also 
needed, so 'make' failed horribly.  Once I installed pkg-config, 
everything DWIMmed.  I refactored some code to make the internal method 
testing for pkg-config itself be testable in t/steps/auto/libffi-01.t.

Also, there was an error in the number of tests in the plan for 

Thank you very much.
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