This document describes various features of FreeBSD that will affect how Perl version 5 (hereafter just Perl) is compiled and/or runs.
FreeBSD core dumps from readdir_r with ithreads
When perl is configured to use ithreads, it will use re-entrant library calls in preference to non-re-entrant versions. There is a bug in FreeBSD's
readdir_r function in versions 4.5 and earlier that can cause a SEGV when reading large directories. A patch for FreeBSD libc is available (see <http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr.cgi?pr=misc/30631> ) which has been integrated into FreeBSD 4.6.
$^X doesn't always contain a full path in FreeBSD
$^X where possible to a full path by asking the operating system. On FreeBSD the full path of the perl interpreter is found by using
KERN_PROC_PATHNAME if that is supported, else by reading the symlink /proc/curproc/file. FreeBSD 7 and earlier has a bug where either approach sometimes returns an incorrect value (see <http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr.cgi?pr=35703> ). In these cases perl will fall back to the old behaviour of using C's
argv value for
Nicholas Clark <firstname.lastname@example.org>, collating wisdom supplied by Slaven Rezic and Tim Bunce.
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