Dependency error installing mylvmbackup on Ubuntu 8.04

I’ve started an investigation of MySQL Backups using LVM. I’m working with Lenz’s mylvmbackup but I found it both used Perl and needed a number of dependencies installed.

Installing dependencies failed on my test system, yet I found it actually worked when I went back to my dev system (but it is not configured with LVM for full testing).

$ sudo cpan Config::IniFiles Sys::Syslog Date::Format Getopt::Long  DBI

Details of error:

.... Going to build S/SA/SAPER/Sys-Syslog-0.27.tar.gz

WARNING: LICENSE is not a known parameter.
Checking if your kit is complete...
Looks good
'LICENSE' is not a known MakeMaker parameter name.
Writing Makefile for Sys::Syslog
cp blib/lib/Sys/
/usr/bin/perl /usr/share/perl/5.8/ExtUtils/xsubpp -noprototypes -typemap /usr/share/perl/5.8/ExtUtils/typemap  Syslog.xs > Syslog.xsc && mv Syslog.xsc Syslog.c
cc -c   -D_REENTRANT -D_GNU_SOURCE -DTHREADS_HAVE_PIDS -DDEBIAN -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe -I/usr/local/include -D_LARGEFILE_SOURCE -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 -O2   -DVERSION="0.27" -DXS_VERSION="0.27" -fPIC "-I/usr/lib/perl/5.8/CORE"  -DUSE_PPPORT_H Syslog.c
In file included from Syslog.xs:6:
/usr/lib/perl/5.8/CORE/perl.h:420:24: error: sys/types.h: No such file or directory
/usr/lib/perl/5.8/CORE/perl.h:451:19: error: ctype.h: No such file or directory
/usr/lib/perl/5.8/CORE/perl.h:463:23: error: locale.h: No such file or directory
/usr/lib/perl/5.8/CORE/perl.h:480:20: error: setjmp.h: No such file or directory

Some searching was necessary to find this thread and confirm that my prod server did not have a correct dev package.

apt-get install libc6-dev

NOTE: While the doc refers to the module File::Basename, trying to install this throws an error which when you investigate further is a false positive. The README does refer to this being normally part of the default perl installation.


  1. Ms. Anthrope says

    Why not use apt/aptitude etc, and make it easy?
    # apt-get install libconfig-inifiles-perl libsys-syslog-perl libtimedate-perl libdbi-perl

    Getopt::Long is part of perl-base.

  2. says

    Hi Ronald, these Perl modules are normally part of your Linux distribution and come pre-packaged, no need to compile from scratch. As you observed, File::Basename is part of the core Perl package and thus does not need to be installed separately. Bug reports or patches for the code or documentation are always welcome :)

    Thanks for giving mylvmbackup a try!