Issues with Win32 Perl Modules?

Discussion in 'Perl' started by Terry, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. Terry

    Terry Guest

    Hi all,

    I am helping someone to investigate a problem with a perl tool that we
    are using. The problem is completely random and it does not produce
    any errors.

    The tool is supposed to encrypt some data and transfer them to an ftp
    server (at the moment this is a local directory). However, not all the
    files are encrypted and copied. As a result when trying to get the
    files from the ftp server, we get an error that not all the files are
    present in the remote directory.

    If I run the script again, it will go and encrypt/copy the remaining
    of the files no problem. It is worth mentioning here that the scripts
    are using some shared resources (configuration files in shared
    directories) but only for reading. The nature of the problem suggests
    to me that it is very possible to be a racing condition. I know (from
    the people who implemented the scripts initially) that there is a
    configuration option (that I am not using btw) to disable the usage of
    Win32 Perl modules because they have been known to have some bugs in
    certain versions of perl. However, in the script's documentation it is
    mentioned that if Win32 Perl modules are disabled, the processes will
    not be protected from accessing shared resources.

    I am using Perl version 5.8.1 Build 807. The compiled time options
    are:

    Compile-time options: MULTIPLICITY USE_ITHREADS USE_LARGE_FILES
    PERL_IMPLICIT_CONTEXT PERL_IMPLICIT_SYS

    Are there any known bugs in the Win32 Perl modules in Perl v5.8.1 that
    you might think that are related to the problems that I see?

    Thanks in advance,

    Terry
     
    Terry, Jun 30, 2004
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