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On Thu October 21 2004 08:45, Mike Frysinger wrote:
> On Thursday 21 October 2004 07:41 am, Dylan Carlson wrote:
> > Some users are reporting memory leaks during dev-lang/perl install,
> > where it eats up all of the memory.
> using a lot of memory != memory leak
I know that perl does memory leak self-tests, but I don't know if that is a
normal part of 'make test' or not. Perl's not my core expertise. It's
the bug reporters saying there's a memory leak, not me.
> in reality, why are you asking gentoo-dev and not the perl people
> themselves ... they certainly can handle this question since it's been
> asked often enough
It seems they have been asked in bugzilla already. Perhaps it would be
good to re-state what the problem is: dev-lang/perl is chewing up all
available memory during forced self-tests upon install.
mcummings closed the bug as CANTFIX in Feb., so that's why I'm asking here.
It still appears to be a problem. In my opinion, this self-test behavior
should be optional. Right now, there's no choice, and there's no
Self-tests are there for users when functional problems with the perl
install occur after install. Therefore one can re-install with the
self-tests enabled to debug, but it shouldn't be forced. Maybe there is a
critical reason those tests need to be forced, but if so, that hasn't been
So I see two ways to solve this:
1. FEATURES=maketest. If "maketest" isn't there, don't run the tests.
2. Less desireable... Run the tests except if "nomaketest" is in FEATURES.
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