Review To The Stars (Harry Irons Trilogy) - Updated 18.07.2014 18:04

These days I started to read a new book "To The Stars" (from Herry Irons Trilogy) by Thomas Stone. First of all, I'd like to note, that I particularly like the novel in that I can't stop reading it. The story is utterly fascinating and I want to know how it ends very bad.

However, there are so many painful errors in the book, it's a shame. And I'm only done with the first half of the first book.

First of all are the characters. They are mostly flat and thin, all of them out of the bag of a very limited number of stereotypes with the exception of Harry the main character. In most cases it's unclear what motivates the people in the story. Sometimes it is pure money, sometimes ... we don't know. They are also painted in contradictorily ways. While at the start of the story we learn that only the best of the best of society will be allowed to travel to the stars, we see later that almost everybody on board of a spaceship thinks only of one thing: the bonus. That's really annoying at times. For instance, there's some women who shall have a tremendous scientifical background. The first thing she says when encountering the very first alien race is about an additional bonus which she will get because of it. C'mon! Which scientist in the world doesn't have a minimum of curiosity?! And who does abandon her crewmates just to secure an extra bonus? Who would do that?

The overall dumpness is appalling. Just one example out of hundreds possible: Harry is there down on the surface and is confronted by three aliens. They wear sophisticated suits, well protected and use advanced weaponry, while Harry is unarmed (though he had a weapon but lost it earlier). He's got help by two native sentient beings (they are on stone age level). Together they manage to catch one of the aliens with a net, the alien looses its weapon, Harry takes it and disables the suit with it. Surely an advantage. Then the remaining aliens approach them and the three of them run away. In the process Harry dumps the weapon. Yes, literally. He dumps it away, he doesn't just loose it. Holy Mother Mary! Instead of running he could have just fired on the other aliens and the problem had be solved. But no. In this example you can clearly see, how Stone drives the story forward. Stupidity causes trouble, which they try to solve with more stupidity which causes even more trouble and so forth.

Consistency is a concept which doesn't seem to be familiar to Stone as well. Before the said encounter Harry aproached one of the aliens. It didn't shoot at him but instead pointed some kind of energy beam at him which made him able to "see" some kind of a message (that the red dwarf is about to go nova, that is). However, Stone abandons the episode completely during the following chapters. On several occassions Harry reasons why the aliens don't communicate with him. Though they did, but Stone the author, just forgot. Utter madness!

Another problem figure is the Fagen character, the commander of the mission. He seems to be manipulative, keeps secrets about the mission and lies on serveral occassions. At the very beginning of the book there's a sequence where Fagen was previously at the planet they visit later again. Most of his crew got killed by aliens and one crewman (a women, I'll come to that later) wants to screw him up (for the money. again!), so he kills her. His motive seems to be that he's annoyed by corporation rules and money making, or so he says. Only on the first couple of pages you can clearly see, that almost all of the first crew are psychopaths. I don't understand how a profit oriented space corporation could send such dump loosers out into the universe to explore it. And it's not better with the current crew as well. The point is, Fagen redirected the Maghellan (their ship) to the said planet again. But we never learn for what reason, at least not in the first half. Perhaps that will resolved later, I hope.

Then there are the women. Psychos. All of them but one. The latter is beautiful and has a lovely attitude which seems to be her only talent. Also she's white. Any other female character is either dump, corrupt, egocentric or all of it combined. This goes far beyond simple sexism, it's insulting for any sentient being - female or male alike. Mad, irrational people everywhere. I'd say you could remove circa fifty per cent of the book just by making the characters reasonable.

But physics and technology are the worst of it. It starts with a wormhole they discovered sometime earlier which can be used to travel the galaxy. There's an entry interstice in our solar system and depending on your entry speed you will drop out at some specific point somewhere else, so that practically every point in the galaxy (or universe?) could be reached. There's no explanation why that would be so. It's just so. Because. You know. And then there's the way back home. Not explained at all.

Stone writes about a red dwarf which is about to go nova. Except that red dwarfs don't do that. The crew wears spacesuits, walk the hot planet surface in it but sweat heavily. Because, you know, in 2200 spacesuits don't have environmental systems built in. Oh, and they cannot communicate with the ship above in orbit, since they all left the shuttle. The suits have radio capabilities but totally obviously they cannot use the shuttle as a relay to talk with orbit. Oh - and an explosion in space causes a shock wave. Ridiculous.

The shuttle hangar (side note: Stone writes it as "hanger", for whatever reason) has a decontamination feature which will be used regularly when the shuttle comes on board of the space ship after a planetary visit. However, the people inside just went outside on the planet, helmets open. So, they get contamined by alien microbes and they contamined the alien world with earth's microbes - and don't give a shit about it. But they clean the outside of the shuttle after it flew through the vacuum. Another aspect of the shuttle is also interesting: there's some defect and it turns out that some pipe leaks hydraulic fluids. An engineer repairs it later. The interesting thing is, he does it while laying below the shuttle. Since hydraulic pipes are naturally mounted UNDER a space shuttle, which means at the OUTSIDE if it. And then they wonder why it gets off when entering the atmosphere? Huh?!

Another character - the "computer genius" as Stone tells us on every possible occassion - uses a CD player. I abandoned my CD player about 10 years ago. That is, before the book had even been written. WTF? And the guy only hooks into computers. Not into the net. In fact, there's no net in the book. Which have been written while the internet is an old hat these days. You don't even have to imagine such things, just look out into our very own world. It looks as if the book have been written in the 1950s.

In summary, I'd assume Stone tries hard to deliver a good story but has no idea of science. Or science fiction. He probably never read a scify story. You'd already know the most basics just by reading some piece of Clarke or Asimov. And he seems to have no affinity to the internet as well. Would it really be too much just googling "super nova" and reading some sentences about it on wikipedia? He makes the impression on me to be the one who wrote the Prometheus script. Don't get it wrong, everyone has to start somewhere so has Stone. In some reviews I read that it get's better in the following books, so there's hope.

However, I like the story anyway! Don't ask me why :) And I'm eager to see how it develops. That's probably the craziest thing about the book. It doesn't make any sense in most parts, the party is run by a pack of fools, but it's kinda funny and exciting. Didn't have such a combination ever...


Update 18.07.2014 18:04:

I'm done with the book, in both senses - I'm not going to read the other two of the trilogy. It's just too lame. Can't sustain it any longer. I found even more bullshit in the remainder. For one it's the problem with free fall Stonce seems to have. You see, in free fall there's no gravity at work so you don't weight anything in such an environment. You move by floating around, you can't fall down, fluids form spheres flying around if exposed to force, things stay right in the air where you stick them, and the likes.

Not so in Stones world. There, an injured one moves around the ship to search for an alien together with a crewmember. Sometimes they (correctly) float around, sometimes they "stand" or "walk". Then, after some time he complains that his foot hurts and he needs to get back to his bunk in order to lie down and rest. I'm not sure why his foot hurts, obviously from "walking" around a longer time in the ship, under free fall conditions. You would assume, that free fall would be one of the best possible conditions if your foot hurts. Since - you know - you don't weight anything, which relieves the foot the best way possible. But as it is, Stone doesn't have any clue about such details. Oh, and the same character engages in a foot bath earlier.

Other crew members are on board of the alien craft, there's free fall as well. At least at some point Stone writes it. But the aliens walk around all the time, they don't float. And the crew sometimes floats but sometimes crawls or walks. There's a tunnel which leads "downward" (how do you know in free fall on board of an alien ship where that "down" might be?), two of them fall down, one onto the other. In fucking free fall. Crackbrained, that is.

I already mentioned the women who wants to leave the system no matter what, even when the majority of the crew is not on board. So they've got an alien on board and a rare event happens: they shut down all the hatches. Wow, Mr. Stone, there you have it: 1 point out of 100 negatives! While the others look out for the alien, said women waits. Finally the alien catches both of them and kills them. The women doesn't hear anything from them for a long time, so she decides to open all the hatches. Because reasons. I don't know how many times I face palmed during the last chapters.

Stone doesn't know about vacuum either. Said alien which boards the human vessel, "leaves the ship silently". That is a citation. SILENTLY. Honestly, Mr. Stone, were you stoned when you wrote that utter crap?!
Haha, one last piece: they missed one crew on the planet (Harry) but he managed to leave the surface anyway on board of the alien shuttle. The shuttle goes to the alien ship from where Harry flees and comes aboard the Maghellan again. Guess what they say to him on first sight? "How are you doing?". LOL.

So, I wont buy the other two books, it just hurts too much. Yes, I'd like to know how it continues, since the plot as it is, isn't bad at all. But as a detail loving nerd I can't stand it any longer. Sorry.








New shell gimmicks

So, I decided to streamline my shell config the other day. The very first I did, was to write an awk replacement in perl. Sounds a little senceless, but sometimes I need some more power inside an awk command and sometimes I just want to save typing. This is how it looks like, when used:

# awk version:
ps | grep sleep | grep -v grep | awk '{print $1}' | xargs kill
# pwk version:
ps | grep sleep | grep -v grep | pwk 1 | xargs kill

This is the simple variant, which just saves typing, pretty handy. The other variant is more perlish and at first looks like the original awk syntax. Hover, you can add almost any kind of perl code to it:

ps | pwk 'if($5 =~ /^python$/) { $t=`fetch -o - "http://$8/"`; if($t =~ /<title>(.+?)<\/title/) { print "$8: $1"} }'

Here's the shell function, just put it into your .bashrc:

pwk () {
    if test -z "$*"; then
        echo "Perl awk. Usage:"
        echo "Perlish: pawk [-F/regex/] [-Mmodule] <perl code>"
        echo " Simple: pawk <1,2,n | 1..n>"
        echo "Perlish helpers:"
        echo "  p() - print field[s], eg: p(\$1,\$4,\$7)"
        echo "  d() - dump variables, without param, dump all"
        echo "  e() - exec code on all fields, eg: e('s/foo/bar/')" 
        echo
        echo "Default loaded modules: Data::Dumper, IO::All"
        echo "Enable \$PWKDEBUG for debugging"
        echo "Simple mode has no helpers or anything else"
    else
        # determin pwk mode
        if echo "$*" | egrep '^[0-9,\.]*$' > /dev/null 2>&1; then
            # simple mode
            code=`echo "$*" | perl -pe 's/([0-9]+?)/\$x=\$1-1;\$x/ge'`      
            perl -lane "print join(' ', @F[$code]);"
        else
            # perl mode
            # prepare some handy subs
            uselib="use lib qw(.);"
            subprint="sub p{print \"@_\";};"
            subsed='sub e{$r=shift; foreach (@F) { eval $r; }};'
            subdump='sub d {$x=shift||{_=>$_,S=>\@F}; print Dumper($x);};'
            begin=";  BEGIN { $uselib $stdsplit $subprint $subdump $subsed}; "
            
            # extract the code and eventual perl parameters, if any
            code=""
            args=""
            last=""
            for arg in "$@"; do
                args="$args $last"
                last="$arg"
            done
            code=$last
            
            # fix perl -F /reg/ bug, complains about file /reg/ not found,
            # so remove the space after -F
            args=`echo "$args" | sed -e 's/-F /-F/' -e 's/-M /-M/'`
            
            # convert $1..n to $F[0..n]
            code=`echo "$code" | perl -pe 's/\\\$([0-9]+?)/\$x=\$1-1;"\\\$F[\$x]"/ge'`
            
            # rumble
            defaultmodules="-MData::Dumper"
            if perl -MIO::All -e0 > /dev/null 2>&1; then
                defaultmodules="$defaultmodules -MIO::All"
            fi
            
            if test -n "$PWKDEBUG"; then
                set -x
            fi
            perl $defaultmodules $args -lane "$code$begin"
            if test -n "$PWKDEBUG"; then
                set +x
            fi
        fi
    fi
}

Another new shell function is extr, which unpacks any kind of archive. In contrast to its sisters out there (there are a couple of generic unpack shell funcs to be found on the net), it takes much more care about what it does. Error checking, you know. And it looks inside the archive to check if it extracts into its own directory, which is not always the case and very annoying. In such instances it generates a directoryname from the archivename and extracts it to there. Usage is simple: extr archivefile. Here's the function:

extr () {
    act() {
        echo "$@"
        "$@"
    }
    n2dir() {
        tarball="$1"
        suffix="$2"
        dir=`echo "$tarball" | perl -pne "s/.$suffix//i"`
        dir=`basename "$dir"`
        echo "$dir"
    }
    tarball="$1"
    if test -n "$tarball"; then
        if test -e "$tarball"; then
            if echo "$tarball" | grep -Ei '(.tar|.jar|.tgz|.tar.gz|.tar.Z|.tar.bz2|tbz)$' > /dev/null 2>&1; then
                # tarball
                if echo "$tarball" | grep -E '.(tar|jar)$' > /dev/null 2>&1; then
                    # plain old tarball
                    extr=""
                elif echo "$tarball" | grep -E '(bz2|tbz)$' > /dev/null 2>&1; then
                    extr="j"
                elif echo "$tarball" | grep -E 'Z$' > /dev/null 2>&1; then
                    extr="Z"
                else
                    extr="z"
                fi

                if ! tar ${extr}tf "$tarball" | cut -d/ -f1 | sort -u | wc -l
                    | egrep ' 1$' > /dev/null 2>&1; then
                    # does not extract into own directory
                    dir=`n2dir "$tarball" "(tar.gz|tgz|tar.bz2|tbz|tar|jar|tar.z)"`
                    mkdir -p $dir
                    extr="-C $dir -${extr}"
                fi
                act tar ${extr}vxf $tarball
            elif echo $tarball | grep -Ei '.zip$' > /dev/null 2>&1; then
                # zip file
                if unzip -l "$tarball" | grep [0-9] | awk '{print $4}' | cut -d/ -f1 | sort -u \
                    | wc -l | egrep ' 1$' /dev/null 2>&1; then
                    # does not extract into own directory
                    dir=`n2dir "$tarball" zip`
                    act mkdir -p $dir
                    opt="-d $dir"
                fi
                act unzip ${opt} $tarball
            elif echo "$tarball" | grep -Ei '.rar$' > /dev/null 2>&1; then
                if ! unrar vt "$tarball" | tail -5 | grep '.D...' > /dev/null 2>&1; then
                    # does not extract into own directory
                    dir=`n2dir "$tarball" rar`
                    act mkdir -p "$dir"
                    (cd "$dir"; act unrar x -e $tarball)
                else
                    act unrar x $tarball
                fi
            elif echo "$tarball" | grep -Ei '.gz$' > /dev/null 2>&1; then
                # pure gzip file
                act gunzip "$tarball"
            else
                :
            fi
        else
            echo "$tarball does not exist!"
        fi
    else
        echo "Usage: untar <tarball>"
    fi
}

And finally an updated version of my h function, which can be used for dns resolving. Usage is pretty simple:

% h theoatmeal.com
; dig +nocmd +noall +answer theoatmeal.com
theoatmeal.com.         346     IN      A       208.70.160.53

% h 208.70.160.53
; dig -x 208.70.160.53 +short
oatvip.gpdatacenter.com.

% h theoatmeal.com mx
; dig +nocmd +noall +answer theoatmeal.com mx
theoatmeal.com.         1800    IN      MX      5 eforwardct2.name-services.com.
theoatmeal.com.         1800    IN      MX      5 eforwardct3.name-services.com.
theoatmeal.com.         1800    IN      MX      5 eforwardct.name-services.com.

It uses dig to do the work, or host if dig cannot be found. The source:

h () {
    if type dig > /dev/null 2>&1; then
        args="$*"
        opt="+nocmd +noall +answer"
        rev=""
        if echo "$args" | egrep '^[0-9\.:]*$' > /dev/null 2>&1; then
            # ip address
            cmd="dig -x $* +short"
        else
            # hostname
            cmd="dig +nocmd +noall +answer $*"
        fi
        echo "; $cmd"
        $cmd
    else
        # no dig installed, use host instead
        host="$1"
        type="a"
        debug=""
        cmd="host $debug"
        if test -z "$host"; then
            echo "Usage: h <host> [<querytype>]"
            return
        else
            if test -n "$2"; then
                type=$2
            fi
            if test -n "$debug"; then
                set -x
            fi
            case $type in
                ls)
                    $cmd -l $host
                    ;;
                any)
                    cmd=`echo $cmd | sed 's/\-d//'`
                    $cmd -d -t any $host | grep -v ^\; | grep -v "^rcode ="
                    ;;
                mx|a|ns|soa|cname|ptr)
                    $cmd -t $type $host
                    ;;
                *)
                    echo "*** unsupported query type: $type!"
                    echo "*** allowed: mx, a, ns, any, *, soa, cname, ptr"
                    continue
                    ;;
            esac
            if test -n "$debug"; then
                set +x
            fi
        fi
    fi
}

03.07.2014 20:07 CC0 opensource software Source






subst update (1.1.3)

So, after a couple of idle years I made an update to my subst script. Although I use it everyday there were still some glitches here and there. For one, I just could not rename files with spaces in them. Very annoying. Also it was unflexible in that I could not use additional perlmodules when using /e. STDIN was not supported among other minor stuff.

So, the new version fixes all this, see the link above. Download, rename it (remove the .txt extension) and put it into your bin directory. Usage:

Usage: subst  [-M <perl module>] [-t] -r 's/old/new/<flags>' [ -r '...', ...] [<file> ...     | /regex/]
       subst  [-M <perl module>] [-t] -m 's/old/new/<flags>' [ -m '...', ...] [<file|dir> ... | /regex/]

Options:
 -r        replace contents of file(s)
 -m        rename file(s)
 -M        load additional perl module to enhance /e functionality.
 -t        test mode, do not overwrite file(s)

Samples:
 - replace "tom" with "mac" in all *.txt files:
   subst -r 's/tom/mac/g' *.txt

 - rename all jpg files containing whitespaces:
   subst -m 's/ /_/g' '/.jpg/'

 - decode base64 encoded contents
   subst -M MIME::Base64 -r 's/([a-zA-Z0-9]*)$/decode_base64($1)/gem' somefile

 - turn every uri into a link
   subst -M "Regexp::Common qw /URI/" -r 's#($RE{URI}{HTTP})#<a href="$a">link</a>#g' somefile

If <file> is -, STDIN will be used as input file, results will be printed
to STDOUT. -t does not apply for STDIN input.

Substitution regex must be perlish. See 'perldoc perlre' for details.

Version: 1.1.3. Copyright (c) 2002-2014 - T.v.Dein <tom AT linden DOT at>

So, in order to remove spaces of filenames, I can now just issue:

subst -m 's/ /_/g' '/\.mp3$/'

As you can see, instead of giving a shell wildcard as last argument, I provide a regex, which will be resolved by the script itself from the current directory. Bam!


01.07.2014 19:08 CC0 opensource software Source






Die ersten Wildstiefmütterchen

Frauchen baut ja jedes Jahr massenweise Grünzeug als Futtermittel an. Dieses Jahr ist das hier die erste Blüte ihrer Aussaat:

Bild: Blüten wilder Stiefmütterchen
Blüten wilder Stiefmütterchen (May 18, 2014, 4:17 p.m.)
[Tags: foto ] [Album: Natur ]

18.05.2014 16:16 CC0 foto Fotografie






ipv4.l.google.com

Ohne Worte:

host -t aaaa ipv4.l.google.com
ipv4.l.google.com has IPv6 address 2a00:1450:4019:800::1003

18.05.2014 10:57 CC0 fun google netz Geschwätz






Küche Abzugeben

Kostenlos:


06.05.2014 20:43 CC0 foto Fotografie






Springer. Ohne Worte

Man beachte diese beiden Heisemeldungen:

  1. 05.05.2014 20:47: Springer: Google, Facebook & Co. "wollen uns Verlage vernichten"

  2. 06.05.2014 08:23: Axel Springer erwirtschaftet erstmals mehr als die Hälfte seines Umsatzes digital

Offensichtlich setzen die zu viele unbezahlte Praktikanten in ihrer PR-Abteilung ein. Demagogengesindel.


06.05.2014 20:15 CC0 idioten kritik politik Gesellschaft






Der Vorteil von Fuzzytests

Ich habe am Wochenende angefangen, die PCP Library (libpcp) threadsafe zu machen. Zu diesem Zweck habe ich ein Context-Objekt eingeführt, in dem vormals globale Variablen abgelegt werden (Fehler und Schlüssellisten). Jetzt habe ich nach der Änderung (die tiefgreifend ist) das erste Mal die Unittests durchlaufen lassen und einer der Tests ist fehlgeschlagen:

  executing prepare command: while :; do cp testfuzzP.orig testfuzzP.pub; ./mangle testfuzzP.pub; 
                             if ! diff testfuzzP.* > /dev/null 2>&1; then break; fi; done

echo no | ../src/pcp1 -V vf -K -I testfuzzP.pub -x a
      ok 81 - check-fuzz-binary-pubkey-loop-0
# Abnormal program termination
Core was generated by `pcp1'.
Program terminated with signal 6, Aborted.
#0  0x0000000800db9d6c in kill () from /lib/libc.so.7
#0  0x0000000800db9d6c in kill () from /lib/libc.so.7
#1  0x0000000800db899b in abort () from /lib/libc.so.7
#2  0x0000000000407f8c in final (fmt=Variable "fmt" is not available.
) at context.c:102
#3  0x00000000004100f2 in buffer_get_chunk (b=0x80149b100, buf=0x80149c080, len=3932164) at buffer.c:132
#4  0x00000000004122d3 in _check_sigsubs (blob=0x80149b100, p=0x801407c00, subheader=0x8014a7060) at mgmt.c:103
#5  0x00000000004126bf in pcp_import_pub_rfc (ptx=0x801417040, blob=0x80149b100) at mgmt.c:265
#6  0x0000000000403e34 in pcp_import (vault=0x80141a060, in=0x8010099d0, passwd=0x801419104 "a") at keymgmt.c:577
#7  0x0000000000402df2 in main (argc=0, argv=0x7fffffffd170) at pcp.c:440
Last failed check: check-fuzz
1..81
To run a single test only, type: 'make test CHECK=testname'

Ich hab das Problem jetzt noch nicht näher untersucht. Spannend ist aber, dass es der Fuzzytest war, der hier fehlgeschlagen ist (hat wahrscheinlich nichts mit der Contextänderung zu tun). Bei einem Fuzzytest wird randomisiertes Input erzeugt und das zu testende Programm damit gefüttert. Idealerweise sollte es mit solchem Zeug klarkommen. In diesem Fall ist pcp1 aber gestorben.

Noch wesentlich interessanter ist warum. Und zwar habe ich - gleichzeitig - in der Bufferklasse eine Änderung gemacht, bei der potentielle Bufferoverflows, die dort abgefangen werden, nicht via fatal() über den normalen Programmfluß reportet werden, sondern ich habe an der Stelle ein abort() eingebaut. Und an der Stelle ist dieser Fuzzytest hier gescheitert. Man kann das besser erkennen, wenn man den Test manuell ausführt:

echo no | ../src/pcp1 -V vf -K -I testfuzzP.pub -x a
ABORT: [buffer importblob] attempt to read 3932164 bytes data from buffer with 204 bytes left at offset 113
Abort trap: 6 (Speicherabzug geschrieben)

Die Fehlermeldung wird in libpcp/buffer.c erzeugt. Woher das kommt, ist mir im Moment zwar noch nicht ganz klar. Es sieht verdächtig nach Integer Overflow aus: in der zu importierenden Schlüsseldatei gibt es normalerweise Felder für Email, Name und dergleichen (Notations, siehe RFC 4880). In der Notation ist die Länge des Strings angegeben und durch das kaputte Inputfile (das wird mit mangle.c, oben verlinkt, erzeugt) steht an der Stelle wahrscheinlich eine ziemlich grosse Zahl. Und offensichtlich prüft meine Importroutine nicht, ob diese Zahlenangabe Sinn macht. Aber das spielt an der Stelle erstmal keine Rolle. Der Fehler zeigt jedenfalls eindrucksvoll, wie wertvoll und nützlich solche Fuzzytests sind. Zum Glück hab ich die eingebaut! Wer weiss, ob ich den Fehler andernfalls je gefunden hätte. Uff.

Fies, aber schön :)

Der Vollständigkeit halber: in diesem Commit kann man ab Zeile 73 die Änderungen sehen, mit denen ich das Problem behoben habe.


05.05.2014 19:57 CC0 opensource pcp security Source






Luftfeuchtigkeit Australien - Bartagamen

Da wir hier einige Diskussionen über die richtige Luftfeuchtigkeit bei der Bartagamenhaltung hatten, habe ich mal das Verbreitungsgebiet der Tiere mit tatsächlichen Meßwerten korreliert. Das Ergebnis ist klar: ausserhalb der Winterzeit (wo die Tiere sowieso in Winterruhe sind) sind tagsüber 20-30% relative Luftfeuchte in Ordnung.

Quelle Klimadaten: Australian Government, Bureau of Meteorology.

Quelle Pogona Vitticeps Verbreitungsgebiet: Wikipedia.

Bild: Luftfeuchtigkeit Australien im Winter, vormittags
Luftfeuchtigkeit Australien im Winter, vormittags (May 1, 2014, 7:37 p.m.)
[Tags: barties ] [Album: Terrarium ]
Bild: Luftfeuchtigkeit Australien im Winter, nachmittags
Luftfeuchtigkeit Australien im Winter, nachmittags (May 1, 2014, 7:37 p.m.)
[Tags: barties ] [Album: Terrarium ]
Bild: Luftfeuchtigkeit Australien im Sommer, vormittags
Luftfeuchtigkeit Australien im Sommer, vormittags (May 1, 2014, 7:38 p.m.)
[Tags: barties ] [Album: Terrarium ]
Bild: Luftfeuchtigkeit Australien im Sommer, nachmittags
Luftfeuchtigkeit Australien im Sommer, nachmittags (May 1, 2014, 7:38 p.m.)
[Tags: barties ] [Album: Terrarium ]

01.05.2014 19:35 CC0 barties science terrarium Terrarium






Besser spät als nie :)

Hach, das ist ja mal eine kuriose Nummer, dieser Bug. Aber von vorn: gestern habe ich (in der Arbeit) wegen einem Perlproblem herumgegoogelt und eines der Suchergebnisse war ein Posting bei Perlmonks wegen einem Config::General Problem. In dem Posting hatte jemand Schwierigkeiten, ein Makefile mit meinem Modul zu parsen, in dem sich "line continuations" befanden. Die entsprechende Stelle in dem Makefile sah so aus:

THIS_BREAKS     = \

MULTILINE       = \
                Foo     \
                Bar     \
                Baz

Config::General hat dann nach dem Parsen das hier ausgespuckt:

THIS_BREAKS  => "MULTILINE\t= Foo\tBar\tBaz",

was der Fragesteller als Fehler betrachtete. Peter Jaquiery hat dann für mein Modul einen Bug eröffnet: 39814. In der Fehlerbeschreibung hat er aber von dem oben beschriebenen Problem nichts erwähnt, sondern nur gemeint, ein chop() Aufruf sei falsch. Das war aber Absicht, also hab ich den Bug geschlossen (rejected).

Das war vor 6 Jahren!

Nun bin ich also gestern über dieses Perlmonks Posting gestolpert, bei dem ganz unten zu jenem Bug verlinkt war. Natürlich erschien das Problem nun in einem völlig anderen Licht. Der Bug war sogar unerwarteterweise recht einfach zu beheben, was ich soeben gemacht habe.

Odd ist wirklich die passende Beschreibung für den Vorgang. 6 Jahre! Meine Güte :)

Nun ist also die Version 2.54 aktuell.