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From Seth Gordon <>
Subject Workaround (maybe) for getting Apache::Test 1.13 tested on a stock OpenBSD system
Date Fri, 24 Sep 2004 18:44:54 GMT
There was a message sent to this list on June 29, reporting that 
Apache::Test failed "make test" on an i386 OpenBSD 3.5 machine.  I got 
the same result on a G4 running OpenBSD 3.5.  The error log is:

# cat t/logs/error_log
[Fri Sep 24 12:56:40 2004] [notice] Initializing etag from 
[Fri Sep 24 12:56:40 2004] [crit] (1)Operation not permitted: could not 
chown /var/perl/cpanplus/5.8.2/build/Apache-Test-1.13/t/logs/etag-state

The version of Apache that is distributed with OpenBSD will chroot to 
the ServerRoot by default.  To run httpd in "unsecure" mode, you need to 
pass it the "-u" command-line switch.  I suspected that Apache::Test was 
failing because it didn't pass that switch on to Apache, so I tried 
creating a /usr/sbin/httpdu file, with the same ownership and 
permissions as /usr/sbin/httpd, that said this:

exec /usr/sbin/httpd -u "$@"

When I unpack the tarball by hand, set 
APACHE_TEST_HTTPD=/usr/sbin/httpdu, and run "perl Makefile.PL; make; 
make test", everything passes.  This is true whether or not I am 
executing the commands as root.

But when I try installing the module through the CPANPLUS shell with the 
same environment variable setting, I get this:

waiting 60 seconds for server to start: .
waiting 60 seconds for server to start: ok (waited 0 secs)
server started

still waiting for server to warm up: 
the server is down, giving up after 61 secs
| To report problems please refer to the SUPPORT file |
[  error] failed to start server! (please examine t/logs/error_log)
*** Error code 1

...with nothing appended to t/logs/error_log that might indicate the 
source of this problem.

I'm not sure whether or not the modules that depend on Apache::Test for 
their own testing will still be able to run with this workaround.  Even 
if they can, I would appreciate a patch that will allow Apache::Test to 
insert the "-u" option when it starts up the server, so I don't have to 
rely on this weirdness.  (Or is there some easier solution to the 
problem that I missed?)

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// seth gordon // // //

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