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hex (3272)

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Perl, RDF and wiki hacker, London, UK. This is my former Perl blog; I now write at Earle's Notebook [].

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Tuesday April 08, 2008
04:36 AM

Weird spread of test failures

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I recently released a new module, Encode::Base32::Crockford. While the tests for the module itself are fine, the two associated POD tests (validity and coverage) are resulting in a very strange distribution of failures (testers, matrix).

It looks like something may be objecting to my phrasing eval { something(); } skip $reason, $count if $@;. However it doesn't seem to be a single version of Perl or platform.

I think I'm going to rewrite the tests to use SKIP blocks, but I'm curious to know what's going on here - it certainly looks like a bug in something. Has anyone else encountered this?

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  • You either need the block or to pass skip_all => $reason to plan(). Test::More relies on a particularity of Perl 5 control flow to stop executing the block in which you call skip(). If you're not in a block, Perl gets all wobbly.

    • I managed to press the wrong reply button - there's a reply to your comment below.
  • Thanks for the tip. I honestly can't recall why I wrote the tests without the skip blocks in the first place - I suspect it to have been a brain fart. Conveniently hidden by the tests passing on my 5.8.8. Evidently some versions or distributions of Perl get wobblier than others.