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I was running my script at Re^2: Script to update your PPM Repositories on my home system (XP Pro), and noticed that:
my $rep_describe = `ppm rep describe $name`;
returns nothing, doesn't cause an error, etc. (at least, as far as I can tell). I looked at it in the debugger, like so:
.main::(C:\Perl\perl\ppm_update_4.pl:36): 36: my $rep_describe = `ppm rep describe $name`; DB<4> p $name ActiveState PPM2 Repository
(I had to change line 17 to invoke the debugger on the system call.)

This was working on my work machine (Win2K). On the other hand, the rest of the "ppm" calls seem to work, so I suspect something weird with XP-Pro, possibly the XP shell, and ppm3-bin (which is what ppm ultimately calls).

Any ideas?

My XP-Pro Perl install is:

C:\>perl -V Summary of my perl5 (revision 5 version 8 subversion 0) configuration: Platform: osname=MSWin32, osvers=4.0, archname=MSWin32-x86-multi-thread uname='' config_args='undef' hint=recommended, useposix=true, d_sigaction=undef usethreads=undef use5005threads=undef useithreads=define usemultip +licity=define useperlio=define d_sfio=undef uselargefiles=define usesocks=undef use64bitint=undef use64bitall=undef uselongdouble=undef usemymalloc=n, bincompat5005=undef Compiler: cc='cl', ccflags ='-nologo -Gf -W3 -MD -Zi -DNDEBUG -O1 -DWIN32 -D +_CONSOLE -DNO_STRICT -DHAVE_DES_FCRYPT -DPERL_IMP LICIT_CONTEXT -DPERL_IMPLICIT_SYS -DUSE_PERLIO -DPERL_MSVCRT_READFIX', optimize='-MD -Zi -DNDEBUG -O1', cppflags='-DWIN32' ccversion='', gccversion='', gccosandvers='' intsize=4, longsize=4, ptrsize=4, doublesize=8, byteorder=1234 d_longlong=undef, longlongsize=8, d_longdbl=define, longdblsize=10 ivtype='long', ivsize=4, nvtype='double', nvsize=8, Off_t='__int64 +', lseeksize=8 alignbytes=8, prototype=define Linker and Libraries: ld='link', ldflags ='-nologo -nodefaultlib -debug -opt:ref,icf -l +ibpath:"C:\Perl\lib\CORE" -machine:x86' libpth="C:\Perl\lib\CORE" libs= oldnames.lib kernel32.lib user32.lib gdi32.lib winspool.lib + comdlg32.lib advapi32.lib shell32.lib ole32.lib oleaut32.lib netapi32.lib uuid.lib wsock32.lib mpr.lib winmm.lib ver +sion.lib odbc32.lib odbccp32.lib msvcrt.lib perllibs= oldnames.lib kernel32.lib user32.lib gdi32.lib winspool +.lib comdlg32.lib advapi32.lib shell32.lib ole32. lib oleaut32.lib netapi32.lib uuid.lib wsock32.lib mpr.lib winmm.lib + version.lib odbc32.lib odbccp32.lib msvcrt.lib libc=msvcrt.lib, so=dll, useshrplib=yes, libperl=perl58.lib gnulibc_version='undef' Dynamic Linking: dlsrc=dl_win32.xs, dlext=dll, d_dlsymun=undef, ccdlflags=' ' cccdlflags=' ', lddlflags='-dll -nologo -nodefaultlib -debug -opt: +ref,icf -libpath:"C:\Perl\lib\CORE" -machine:x86 ' Characteristics of this binary (from libperl): Compile-time options: MULTIPLICITY USE_ITHREADS USE_LARGE_FILES PERL +_IMPLICIT_CONTEXT PERL_IMPLICIT_SYS Locally applied patches: ActivePerl Build 806 Built under MSWin32 Compiled at Mar 31 2003 00:45:44 @INC: c:/Perl/lib c:/Perl/site/lib .
I'll have to get the Win2K Perl details on Monday.

-QM
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