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Item5363: BuildContrib do not support Windows

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Extension BuildContrib Normal New   n/a  

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Few issues I spotted in Build.pm:

  • : is used as separator in TWIKI_LIBS environment variable. It conflicts with drive letter separator.
  • File::Spec->rel2abs on Windows often end up returning path containing both \ and / separator
  • I believe adding $startdir=~ s/\\/\//g; to the _findRelativeTo help with the above issue
  • I replaced dirname with:

   my $dir='/';
   if ($d =~ /^(.*)\/[^\/]*$/)
   #my $dir = `dirname $d`;

When I quit investigating I was left with that output:

D:\Dev\TWiki\twikiplugins\PerforcePlugin\data\TWiki\PerforcePlugin.txt:  (Not a
versioned resource)

Use of uninitialized value in concatenation (.) or string at
        /TWiki/lib/TWiki/Contrib/Build.pm line 318, <DATA> chunk 1 (#1)
    (W uninitialized) An undefined value was used as if it were already
    defined.  It was interpreted as a "" or a 0, but maybe it was a mistake.
    To suppress this warning assign a defined value to your variables.

    To help you figure out what was undefined, perl tells you what operation
    you used the undefined value in.  Note, however, that perl optimizes your
    program and the operation displayed in the warning may not necessarily
    appear literally in your program.  For example, "that $foo" is
    usually optimized into "that " . $foo, and the warning will refer to
    the concatenation (.) operator, even though there is no . in your

Use of uninitialized value in concatenation (.) or string at
        /TWiki/lib/TWiki/Contrib/Build.pm line 326, <DATA> chunk 1 (#1)
Building a release for Version 16392 (13 Feb 2008) of PerforcePlugin
YESSTHERE: D:/Dev/TWiki/twikiplugins/PerforcePlugi/lib/TWiki/Contrib/BuildContri
YESSTHERE: /TWik/lib/TWiki/Contrib/BuildContrib/TEMPLATE_installer.pl
YESSTHERE: /TWiki/lib/CPA/lib/TWiki/Contrib/BuildContrib/TEMPLATE_installer.pl
YESSTHERE: /TWik/lib/TWiki/Contrib/BuildContrib/TEMPLATE_installer.pl
YESSTHERE: /TWiki/lib/CPA/lib/TWiki/Contrib/BuildContrib/TEMPLATE_installer.pl
YESSTHERE: C:/Perl/sit/lib/TWiki/Contrib/BuildContrib/TEMPLATE_installer.pl
YESSTHERE: C:/Per/lib/TWiki/Contrib/BuildContrib/TEMPLATE_installer.pl
THERE: /lib/TWiki/Contrib/BuildContrib/TEMPLATE_installer.pl
COULD NOT LOCATE TEMPLATE_installer.pl - required for install script generation
at /TWiki/lib/TWiki/Contrib/Build.pm line 1663, <DATA> line 1.
 at /TWiki/lib/TWiki/Contrib/Build.pm line 68
        TWiki::Contrib::Build::__ANON__('COULD NOT LOCATE TEMPLATE_installer.pl
- required for install...') called at /TWiki/lib/TWiki/Contrib/Build.pm line 166
        TWiki::Contrib::Build::target_installer('BuildBuild=HASH(0x1831d28)') ca
lled at /TWiki/lib/TWiki/Contrib/Build.pm line 1711
        TWiki::Contrib::Build::build('BuildBuild=HASH(0x1831d28)', 'installer')
called at /TWiki/lib/TWiki/Contrib/Build.pm line 969
        TWiki::Contrib::Build::target_release('BuildBuild=HASH(0x1831d28)') call
ed at /TWiki/lib/TWiki/Contrib/Build.pm line 1711
        TWiki::Contrib::Build::build('BuildBuild=HASH(0x1831d28)', 'release') ca
lled at build.pl line 51

Mind you, you can see some extra debug output I added in there. I'm just totally unsure what's target_installer sub trying to do by looking up for TEMPLATE_installer.pl all over the place.

-- TWiki:Main/StephaneLenclud - 13 Feb 2008

Summary BuildContrib do not support Windows
ReportedBy TWiki:Main.StephaneLenclud
Codebase 4.2.0
SVN Range TWiki-5.0.0, Wed, 23 Jan 2008, build 16283
AppliesTo Extension
Component BuildContrib
Priority Normal
CurrentState New


TargetRelease n/a

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