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From Neil Gunton <>
Subject Re: Problem using Embperl on Debian Lenny
Date Mon, 14 Jul 2008 18:59:32 GMT
Ok, I tried building the Debian Embperl 2.2.0 that comes with Lenny from 
source. I am not experienced at this. After some poking around, I turned 
up this page on building packages:

After cd'ing into the libembperl-perl-2.2.0 directory, I did this:

apt-get build-dep libembperl-perl-2.2.0

This initially gave some errors, but I tried doing apt-get install on 
the stuff it seemed to be complaining about, and retried until it gave 
no errors. So far so good. Next I tried building, again in the embperl 
source dir:

debuild -us -uc

This did a lot of compiling and testing, and seemed to be successful, 
but eventually stopped with the following errors:

Manifying blib/man3/Embperl::Object.3pm
Manifying blib/man3/Embperl::Features.3pm
Manifying blib/man3/Embperl::Syntax::POD.3pm
Manifying blib/man3/Embperl::TipsAndTricks.3pm
Manifying blib/man3/Embperl::Form::Control::checkbox.3pm
Files found in blib/arch: installing files in blib/lib into architecture 
dependent library tree
Writing /usr/lib/perl5/auto/Embperl/.packlist
Appending installation info to /usr/lib/perl/5.10/perllocal.pod
make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/libembperl-perl-2.2.0'
install -m 755 * debian/libembperl-perl/usr/lib/cgi-bin/
mv debian/libembperl-perl/usr/share/man/man3/*[a-z]D.3pm 
mv: cannot stat `debian/libembperl-perl/usr/share/man/man3/*[a-z]D.3pm': 
No such file or directory
make: *** [install] Error 1
dpkg-buildpackage: failure: fakeroot debian/rules binary gave error exit 
status 2
debuild: fatal error at line 1319:
dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -D -us -uc failed

So am I building this wrong? I have fakeroot installed.

I still don't know if this has anything to do with my original problem 
or not. The fact that the mod_perl tests all seemed to complete ok gives 
me some hope, but I still wonder if there isn't some very small API 
inconsistency that has crept in somewhere, which is making Embperl barf 
in the Apache2 environment. Again, any clues would be much appreciated.



Neil Gunton wrote:
> Can anybody please lend any insights here (see below)? Is anybody 
> actually using the stock Embperl2 that comes with Debian Lenny 
> (testing), along with stock Apache2 and mod_perl2? Are there problems 
> with it, or am I just doing something stupid with my configuration? The 
> error seems to imply that there may be something out of sync between 
> Embperl and the Apache2.2 API, but it could also just be a symptom of 
> something I'm doing wrong. Right now I am out of ideas.
> I don't mean to be pushy, but I am going up to my datacenter in Chicago 
> on Wednesday (round trip takes all day) to rebuild my server. I'd like 
> to find out as soon as possible before then whether it's going to be 
> possible to install Debian Lenny, with all its latest software, or if 
> I'll instead have to stay with Etch. I'd much rather go to Lenny, but if 
> there are intrinsic problems with the Debian packages of Embperl then 
> I'll have to rethink.
> Any help would be *much* appreciated...
> Thanks!
> Neil
> Neil Gunton wrote:
>> Hi, I've been using Embperl 1.3 for years now on Apache 1.3, and now 
>> I'm finally trying to upgrade my websites to use the latest Embperl 
>> which is included with Debian Lenny (testing). So that means Apache 
>> 2.2, mod_perl  2, Embperl 2.2... I am just installing all this from 
>> the deb packages, not from source.
>> I'm having a problem getting Embperl 2.2.0 to run. I have a very 
>> simple config set up in /etc/apache2/mods-available/zembperl.conf:
>> PerlModule Embperl
>> <FilesMatch ".*\.html$">
>>     SetHandler  perl-script
>>     PerlHandler Embperl::Object
>>     Options     ExecCGI
>> </FilesMatch>
>> The zembperl.load is left unchanged.
>> In /etc/apache2/sites-available/ I have:
>> NameVirtualHost
>> <VirtualHost>
>>     ServerName
>>     ServerAlias *
>>     DocumentRoot /www-dev/vhosts/test
>>     PerlSetEnv EMBPERL_APPNAME neilgunton_dev
>> </VirtualHost>
>> When I try to access, I get 500 error, with this in 
>> the log:
>> ERR:  24:  Error in Perl code: Can't call method "component" on an 
>> undefined value at /usr/lib/perl5/Embperl/ line 58.\n
>> ERR:  61: : Unknown recipe 'Embperl'
>> Can't call method "log_file_start_pos" on an undefined value at 
>> /usr/lib/perl5/Embperl/ line 81.
>> Any clues on what I'm doing wrong here?
>> Thanks!
>> Neil
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