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Confixx Counterscript fails after upgrading Debian to Lenny

Last Update: 15.03.2010

This HowTo shows the problems I had with the Confixx Counterscript after an upgrade of a Debian server from etch to lenny. And fortunately also how I was able to solve it.

First, what exactly is not working anymore? Launching the Confixx Counterscript manually:

# /root/confixx/confixx_counterscript.pl
Can't locate Confixx/Filter.pm in @INC (@INC contains: /etc/perl /usr/local/lib/perl/5.10.0 /usr/local/share/perl/5.10.0 /usr/lib/perl5 /usr/share/perl5 /usr/lib/perl/5.10 /usr/share/perl/5.10 /usr/local/lib/site_perl .) at /root/confixx/confixx_counterscript.pl line 2. BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /root/confixx/confixx_counterscript.pl line 2.

Well this error message does not look really good... I have searched on Google and clearly this error is due to the upgrade from Perl 5.8.8 (etch) to Perl 5.10.0 (lenny). But a real solution was not available.
On this website on scriptworker.com I found some hints what to do about it. It basically advices to recompile the Confixx Updater perl module:

cd /root/confixx/admin/CPAN/
tar -xzf Updater-1.0.6.tar.gz
cd Updater-1.0.6
perl Makefile.PL

So far so good, but the following error message appeared when launching perl Makefile.PL:

# perl Makefile.PL
Checking if your kit is complete...
Warning: the following files are missing in your kit:
Please inform the author.
GCC compiler has no problems.
'file' utility has no problems.
Checking if your kit is complete...
Warning: the following files are missing in your kit:
Please inform the author.
Writing Makefile for Confixx::Filter

The above mentioned websites does not show information about this error, but it still gives the solution. With the installation of some additional packages the errors will disappear:

aptitude install libxml-dom-perl
aptitude install libproc-process-perl

So now we are able to relaunch the compilation again but this time the command 'make' causes problems:

perl Makefile.PL
cp lib/Confixx/Filter.pm blib/lib/Confixx/Filter.pm
Running Mkbootstrap for Confixx::Filter ()
chmod 644 Filter.bs
rm -f blib/arch/auto/Confixx/Filter/Filter.so
cc -shared -O2 -g -L/usr/local/lib Filter.o Cipher.o -o blib/arch/auto/Confixx/Filter/Filter.so \

/usr/bin/ld: crti.o: No such file: No such file or directory
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make: *** [blib/arch/auto/Confixx/Filter/Filter.so] Error 1

This error has nothing to do with perl, it is because of a problem with the compiler. The answer to this error was found on this blog entry on anaaman.blogspot.com which basically says you have to install libc6-dev:

aptitude install libc6-dev

We can now finally run the compilation of the Confixx perl module without errors:

perl Makefile.PL
make install

And after this the Confixx Counterscript ran again.

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