It had been several weeks since I'd last updated my Gentoo machine, and I found that several GNOME packages were failing with the following error:
checking for XML::Parser... configure: error: XML::Parser perl module is required for intltool
After exploring the usual avenues of revdep-rebuild and re-emerging the XML-Parser and expat, no complete solution to the failed updates was found.
Gentoo comes armed with the perl-cleaner utility that allows easy rebuilding of Perl-dependent packages.
It was time to get nuclear. Rather than fiddling around, trying to find the offending bad links and modules, I simply used:
After rebuilding over 200 Perl-dependent packages, many of which were virtual packages and involved no actual compilation, and giving the machine an hour or so to complete the process, the GNOME updates emerged without any further issues.
Such are the ways of a source-based distribution.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.