LanX has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:


I'm not sure if it's a bug or a matter of configuration. When I use as a perl-shell and any error occurs, some special variables and settings get lost. This error is not reproducible with V1.3, but this belongs to Perl 5.10 and I'm not sure if I can safely install this version in conjunction with Perl 5.8.8.

Here an example:

lanx@xubuntu:~$ perl -de0 Loading DB routines from version 1.28 Editor support available. Enter h or `h h' for help, or `man perldebug' for more help. main::(-e:1): 0 DB<1> $\="XXX" DB<2> print XXX DB<3> print 5/0 Illegal division by zero at (eval 12)[/usr/share/perl/5.8/ +28] line 2. at (eval 12)[/usr/share/perl/5.8/] line 2 eval '($@, $!, $^E, $,, $/, $\\, $^W) = @saved;package main; $^D = + $^D | $DB::db_stop; print 5/0; ;' called at /usr/share/perl/5.8/ line 628 DB::eval called at /usr/share/perl/5.8/ line 3410 DB::DB called at -e line 1 DB<4> print DB<5>

- LanX