"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Tedium overwhelming.

One of my major blocking tasks right now is to rebuild our Perl tree (about 600 modules) as PARs for easy distribution. I'm not using SRV4 or pkgsrc packages for them because I want to have one build system for both our Linux and Solaris systems. Much of our code relies on version-specific behaviors, so the only way for me to actually get stuff ported (without going totally batshit) from the entrenched Linux systems to the Solaris boxes is to rebuild all those modules, at those versions.

Yesterday, I spent most of the day compiling one Perl module (Math::Pari, which relies on the pari math libraries, and engages me in an indecent amount of skullfuckery whenever I try to build it. This particular adventure into stupidity was caused mainly by braindead pkgsrc dependencies... pari relies on teTeX -- to build its documentation -- which relied on X11. I spent a good portion of time trying to get it working the way it wanted until finally just ripping the X bits out. Guess how long that took. Yup. Bare minutes.). Finally I just built pari by hand to /opt and linked Math::Pari against that. Could have saved hours and hours...

Spent all of today building the rest of our Perl modules. Got down from ~600 to 67. Pulling the modules was easy enough was hdp mentioned the by-module listing on the CPAN. The vast majority of modules were well-behaved; it was simply a matter of iterating over the modules, running

perl Makefile.PL --skipdeps && \
make && make test && \
cd blib \
zip -r $DEST/$MODULE-i386-solaris-5.8.8.par *

and then installing it. Not a big deal. Some of them were tenacious and obnoxious, though, and ate up a lot of time. We can theoretically (this has not proven to be completely true) skip deps as any dependencies should exist in our local tree. I'm sure once I'm done I'll have to check to make sure all the modules actually have their deps, but the vast majority should.

Tomorrow I get to finish this up and then maybe get some working code running in some zones. Huz-freakin'-zah.

May 31, 2007 8:05 PM