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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [messagelabs.com] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Thursday May 16, 2002
03:02 AM

Old perls and new axkits

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Got an email this morning saying that the changes I'd made to our AV software meant we couldn't release a new version. Basically I'd used File::Spec->rel2abs, but our servers use perl 5.00503, which has an old broken File::Spec. Darn it. I guess I need to fix the release system so we can pull an old version from CVS in case it all goes tits up.

Anyway, on top of that, ssh++ - it allowed me to fix the bug while drinking my coffee in my dressing gown in the kitchen :-)

Also this week perl XML god Kip Hampton added support to AxKit for separating the content and the style providers (historically these were tied together due to lack of cluestick on my behalf, and because I always imagined the only use of alternate providers was in a humungous CMS system where you'd want to get everything from a database). This will mean I can finally do some of the neato things that I want to be able to offer via AxKit - like direct delivery of POD via AxKit. And so in order to do that last night I hacked together most of Pod::SAX - a Pod parser that produces SAX events. Or a SAX parser for Pod. Whatever you want to call it ;-)

I'm also pretty darn sick of this infuriating Nigerian Scam. SpamAssassin seems to not be doing a very good job with it, because it's constantly changing. It's also written in a very business-like manner, so I suspect it's always going to be very hard to distinguish between it and real business emails. Very annoying.

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