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Re: Old VMS still supported?

by theorbtwo (Prior)
on Jul 19, 2004 at 06:46 UTC ( #375463=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Old VMS still supported?

In addition to Joost's fine advice: if you really want to make sure that VAX/VMS support stays working, set up a weekly (or even daily) cron job to do a smoke test. Even if you run it inside the emulator, it's better then nothing, and AFAICS, "nothing" is exactly how much smoke testing under VMS we currently have, from the stats.

Oh, and ObTrivia: the most successful platform for perl is dec_osf, with a successful make test 89.04% of the time.

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Re^2: Old VMS still supported?
by rinceWind (Monsignor) on Jul 19, 2004 at 13:17 UTC
    ... if you really want to make sure that VAX/VMS support stays working, set up a weekly (or even daily) cron job to do a smoke test.
    Under VMS, there is no cron. Instead, what you want is a self resubmitting batch job (written in DCL).

    Anyway, the main problem with the testing stats for the VMS platform is that we haven't got CPANPLUS working on VMS yet. (if anyone has achieved this, please drop me a /msg). Once CPANPLUS is up and running, we should be able to run the automated test suites and post the results to cpan_testers, which will get into the stats. This may well highlight general portability issues in the way people write modules, besides exercising (exorcising ??) the VMS port.

    Please note that we should aim to test on different hardware platforms (VAX, Alpha and Itanium).

    Hewlett Packard provide some hardware for general not-for-profit use, for platform porting, under their Test Drive program. I have a test drive account, and I encourage others who have the time and inclination to get one. Note that I use this in spare time. Again, please /msg me if you want to collaborate with me on testing VMS ports on the HP test drive machines.

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Re^2: Old VMS still supported?
by pfaut (Priest) on Jul 19, 2004 at 12:52 UTC

    Looks interesting but from the total lack of mention of VMS in the stats I wonder if it even supports VMS. It's certainly something to look into. Thanks.

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