two perl packages each installed, and that screwed me

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at
Wed Sep 21 15:25:06 UTC 2011

  long story short, a bunch of package builds kept failing because of
a missing symbol (Perl_Gthr_key_ptr), and i finally tracked it down

$ dpkg -S /usr/lib/perl/5.10.1/auto/Cwd/
perl-base: /usr/lib/perl/5.10.1/auto/Cwd/
$ dpkg -S /usr/lib/perl5/auto/Cwd/
libfile-spec-perl: /usr/lib/perl5/auto/Cwd/

  yes, two different packages, both of which contributed and
the build was picking up the second one which was *wrong*, so i
deleted that package (which had no dependencies) and, suddenly, my
build is off and running.

  why do two different packages contribute the same file?  isn't that
some kind of packaging bug?



Robert P. J. Day                                 Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA


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