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ethan (3163)

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Being a 25-year old chap living in the western-most town of Germany. Stuying communication and information science and being a huge fan of XS-related things.

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Saturday August 30, 2003
04:10 PM

miracle by mail

[ #14405 ]

Just received this email:

        Subject: Other platforms

        I'm trying to compile it on macos x 10.1.5. do you know about any
        that could occur?

        yours xxxx

with 'xxxx' being the placeholder for the name of the author.

Two things worthy mention: What does he try to compile? He must be referring to one of my Perl modules...good, only three candidates that require C compilation left. Secondly, he seems to ask whether I can anticipate any problems I. Why doesn't he just try? Compilers tend to be faster than me responding to emails.

I wonder what people with really many CPAN distributions (like Simon for instance) have to suffer when all user-requests are like that. Poor chaps.

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  • Mailing lists (Score:3, Interesting)

    by autarch (914) on 2003.08.30 17:16 (#23694) Homepage Journal
    Fortunately, the modules that get the most questions have mailing lists. If I had to answer all the Mason questions personally, I'd go nuts. Fortunately, a lot of other people answer things, which leaves me free for the weirder problems that only a few people (Jon Swartz, Ken Williams, and I mostly) can deal with.
  • by grantm (164) on 2003.08.30 20:06 (#23696) Homepage Journal

    The ones I really 'love' go something like this:

    I've heard great things about your module 'X' but Perl is a really complicated language that I don't grok. Had you considered rewriting 'X' in 'V'?
    • One of my favourites was a guy who copied and pasted from the SYNOPSIS section and then asked why it didn't work...(umm, none of those variables in the argument lists are set to anything yet)...