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Amanda goes to Perl

by YuckFoo (Abbot)
on Jan 04, 2008 at 18:15 UTC ( #660446=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

From Dustin J. Mitchell on the amanda-users maillist:
As was discussed a few months ago, Amanda's going to Perl. That means
that we're building Perl interfaces to the Amanda core, and beginning
to rewrite Amanda applications in Perl.

This will be a part of the next release, which is coming up soon. Of
course, it's a big change, so we need some serious help testing it
out. To that end, we have a tarball available on the community builds

Please download the patch and test it out. Detailed instructions are at

Please let us know about any errors you encounter.

If you're a Perl hacker, please also take a look at

and consider chipping in.

Also, I will be hosting an interactive webinar on January 17.
I will be talking about the technical details of the Perl interface,
as well as ways that you can get involved, and will be taking questions,

See, and please attend!

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Re: amanda goes to Perl
by Fletch (Bishop) on Jan 04, 2008 at 18:49 UTC

    And for those who're currently asking themselves what the frell amanda is and why they might care :) . . . it's an open source backup application / system that works over a network.

    The cake is a lie.
    The cake is a lie.
    The cake is a lie.

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Re: Amanda goes to Perl
by ysth (Canon) on Jan 07, 2008 at 07:14 UTC
    I see amanda puts its perl modules in $prefix/lib/amanda/perl, and builds them with SWIG. What if you want to use them with different (binary-incompatible) versions of perl? Or perhaps there is no way to build for a perl version other than whatever SWIG is set to use? I remember trying to build some SVN thing or other once for a different version of perl than the system perl, and failing miserably...perhaps just because I know almost nothing about SWIG. If anyone else knows whether and how it is possible to do, I'd appreciate hearing about it.

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