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Tuesday October 16, 2007
12:21 PM

Crypt::Rijndael now works on Solaris

[ #34695 ]

It's looks like I've solved the Crypt::Rijndael problems thanks to a patch from djberg96. It looks like some systems had an integer overflow problem with:

0xff << 24

So djberg96 changed that to use an unsigned int by attaching the U to the end of the number. I think I used to know that.

0xffU << 24

Additionally, I cast some return values from the XS stuff to (UINT *) to ensure that everything treated them as unsigned ints.

I hadn't been able to play with Solaris since Sourceforge's compile farm went away, but after elwarren suggested finding a QEMU image of Solaris and a bit of googling on that, I remembered that somewhere on my bookshelf I had Solaris 10 media from their initial offer when they made it open source. It was still shrink-wrapped even. It took me a day to install that because I actually did it three times before I realized that even though I installed the 32-bit version, Solaris was assuming it was 64-bit at boot time, causing panics. I have to fiddle with the VMware image by editing a file in the Mac OS X package (control click on the package, choose "Show Package Contents"). I found the .vmx file and added:

monitor_control.disable_longmode = 1

After that I had a bootable and fully useable Solaris 10. I spent half a day installing almost everything from while I added a minicpan.

Two days after I started, I was able to fetch Crypt-Rijndael-1.04_03, run a clean make with no warnings, and then run the tests with the latest RT test cases passing.

Now I have a decent Solaris 10 virtual machine on which I can test things. It's on an external disk, so I can bring it to conferences to share with anyone who wants it. Anyone got anything good to trade? :)

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  • On the way to getting VMS running I installed NetBSD/vax under simh-vax - which runs fine on Mac OS via MacPorts. I haven't managed to get simh to bridge to the Mac's network yet.

    I also have Parallels images for XP ( * 3 ), OpenSolaris, FreeBSD, Fiesty and OLPC on my MPB. It's pretty neat - you can basically carry around a whole smoke farm in your backpack :)
    • Oh and I've just built RPCemu under Mac OS so once I grab the ROMs out of my old RiscPC I should be about to run RISC OS Perl too.
      • Does this mean you could run HP-UX? That's another area I'd like to test this module. :)
        • Yeah, I guess so :) I don't *have* HP-UX.
          • You can sign up for the HP test drive program and test it out there.


            Includes HP-UX, OpenVMS, Tru64, FreeBSD, and various Linux flavors.

            • Yeah, I have a Testdrive account but it doesn't seem to be working at the moment. I'm waiting for word from HP support. But I quite like the idea of being able to carry a little VAX around locally :)
            • Excellent, I have a test drive account now and I've tested the module under the below situation (and it passes all of the tests :). Notice the build of Perl from ActiveState:

              $ uname -a
              HP-UX td194 B.11.31 U ia64 3426292962 unlimited-user license
              $ perl -v
              This is perl, v5.8.8 built for IA64.ARCHREV_0-thread-multi
              (with 33 registered patches, see perl -V for more detail)
              Copyright 1987-2006, Larry Wall
              Binary build 817.1 [268662] provided by ActiveState