Item9747: Configure does not start complaining with a 500 error about "Use of uninitialized value" in

Priority: Urgent
Current State: Closed
Released In: 1.1.0
Target Release: minor
Applies To: Engine
Component: Configure/
Reported By: RaulFRodriguez
Waiting For: Main.GeorgeClark
Last Change By: RaulFRodriguez
I wanted to test the translated strings in a live environment, so I checkout /branches/Release01x01/ from SVN, after doing a "cd core" and "perl -T -A developer", chowning all the files to the Apache's user, setting up Apache, creating an admin user, restarting Apache, I point the browser to and I meet the following screen error:

Status: 500 Content-type: text/html
Software error:

Use of uninitialized value in numeric ne (!=) at /usr/local/www/data-dist/branches/Release01x01/core/lib/Foswiki/Configure/ line 186.

For help, please send mail to the webmaster (, giving this error message and the time and date of the error. 

Unless, I am doing something wrong that I can't figure out, I can't test Release01x01 because of that error.

Since release is supposed to be soon, I am marking this as urgent.

-- RaulFRodriguez - 25 Sep 2010

Wow, things are badly broken. It looks like configure is not picking up the defaut config.spec settings, so everything is uninitialized. Anything normally merged from Foswiki.spec is missing / uninitialized - even for existing configurations. Seems that only Release 1.1 is broken. Configure working fine on trunk.

-- GeorgeClark - 26 Sep 2010

git bisect says this is the culprit
226a680051bb774a1c6c16c2670149ad789cfe19 is the first bad commit
commit 226a680051bb774a1c6c16c2670149ad789cfe19
Author: AndreUlrich <AndreUlrich@0b4bb1d4-4e5a-0410-9cc4-b2b747904278>
Date:   Wed Sep 22 17:24:16 2010 +0000

    Item9526: bring in missing languages in configure. are there more places to set?
    git-svn-id: 0b4bb1d4-4e5a-0410-9cc4-b2b747904278

:040000 040000 600231516043f4d0c03a6434bba7f28fa5d1d81d b64a2eb1984c9c75d2fccac4c68067853e3afcd3 M      core

-- GeorgeClark - 26 Sep 2010

We probably ought to better report that Foswiki.spec has had a compile error and was not usable. An added language code for pt-br was not quoted and caused a syntax error.
-$Foswiki::cfg{Languages}{pt-br}{Enabled} = 1;
+$Foswiki::cfg{Languages}{'pt-br'}{Enabled} = 1;

-- GeorgeClark - 26 Sep 2010 could report corrupted config files back to the user. However this conflicts with changes to Engine/ - which implemented code to do the same thing. Initial fix needs to be rethought. However the initial checkin that fixes the quoted language string resolves bug reported in this task. This task can be closed to not hold up Release 1.1, and the enhancements for better error reporting of configuration file errors handled in another task.

-- GeorgeClark - 26 Sep 2010

Thanks George for correcting this.

Will you open this other task? I think you know better how to describe this task smile

-- RaulFRodriguez - 27 Sep 2010

Item9753 opened for 1.1.1

-- GeorgeClark - 27 Sep 2010

Thanks !

-- RaulFRodriguez - 27 Sep 2010

ItemTemplate edit

Summary Configure does not start complaining with a 500 error about "Use of uninitialized value" in
ReportedBy RaulFRodriguez
Codebase 1.1.0 beta1
SVN Range
AppliesTo Engine
Component Configure/
Priority Urgent
CurrentState Closed
WaitingFor GeorgeClark
Checkins distro:69d9f37485b5 distro:b0066e842ed9 distro:5e6d4c340399 distro:b3b1e0bf2755 distro:d7b54b11b0e2
TargetRelease minor
ReleasedIn 1.1.0
Topic revision: r13 - 27 Sep 2010, RaulFRodriguez
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