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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.

Journal of ethan (3163)

Tuesday January 14, 2003
04:10 AM

Bitten by locales

[ #9956 ]

My work of porting Mail::Transport::Dbx to as many platforms as possible (and I have access to) is still underway. Yesterday I defeated suncc so now I have a new supported compiler (given that one forces suncc to compile ANSI-code using -Xa instead of the odd SunC flavor).

Now on Win32 (that worked surprisingly well, btw, except for one small issue with an unresolved _PerlIO_exportFile symbol) I realized that a couple of my supplied tests are bogus and non-portable:

        ok($item->date_received("%a %b %e %H:%M:%S %Y", 25, 1),
              "Sun Apr 14 00:27:57 2002");

date_received returns a string formatted according to the format string given as first argument. It uses strftime(3). The string returned will naturally be locales-aware and it's unlikely that everyone is using the same locales-settings as I do.

I already changed date_received() prior the first release where I internally used localtime(3) instead of the more portable gmtime(3). I wonder that I didn't yet receive a failure report from the cpan-testers. It would be irritating since tests fail even if everything was perfectly alright.

I hope the people on (I asked them about the PerlIO thing) are quick so I can package a new release.

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