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Perl Module RPC::XML Change History
Revision history for the Perl extension module
RPC::XML. This is an implementation of the
XML-RPC standard as described at This implementation also
permits some minor extensions to the base
protocol in terms of supporting HTTP/1.1 and
allowing choice of character-set encodings for
XML messages.
0.74 Sunday January 23, 2011, 12:50:00 PM -0800
* t/90_rt54183_sigpipe.t
RT #56800: Make this suite skip all tests on Windows platforms.
* lib/Apache/RPC/
Clean up some run-time "use of undefined value" messages.
* lib/RPC/XML/Parser/
* lib/RPC/XML/Parser/
* t/90_rt58323_push_parser.t (added)
RT #58323: Started as making the parser interfaces correctly
report errors when passed null-length strings or "0" values.
Turned out that the error return interface from
was not consistent with the rest of the system, so fixed that
as well.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* t/40_server.t
RT #58240: Applied a patch from Martijn van de Streek that adds
access to the HTTP::Request object to called method code.
* lib/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/Parser/
* lib/RPC/XML/Parser/
* t/90_rt58065_allow_nil.t (added)
RT #58065: Allow the parsing of <nil /> tags when they are
encountered, even if $RPC::XML::ALLOW_NIL is not set. Only
limit the generation of these tags.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* t/41_server_hang.t
This test sporadically fails, so enhance the error message for
more info. Also alter the test slightly, hoping it fixes the
random failures.
* etc/make_method
Applied perlcritic to the make_method tool.
* lib/XML/
* t/10_data.t
* t/20_xml_parser.t
* t/21_xml_libxml.t
RT #62916: Previous adjustments to the dateTime.iso8601
stringification caused it to no longer fit the XML-RPC spec.
* lib/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/Parser/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
Used warnings::unused to find unused variables not found by
* t/10_data.t
Realized I had no boundary-tests for ints in smart_encode().
This revealed some problems with i8 values on my 32-bit system.
Don't want to introduce dependency on BigInt right now, so
marked those tests "TODO".
0.73 Tuesday March 16, 2010, 10:45:00 PM -0700
* t/28_parser_bugs_50013.t (deleted)
* t/90_rt50013_parser_bugs.t (added)
Rename of t/28_parser_bugs_50013.t to fit more universal scheme
for test suites that directly address specific RT bugs.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* t/90_rt54183_sigpipe.t (added)
RT #54183: Provide handling of SIGPIPE when sending the
response to the client, in case they've terminated the
Forgot to add the new test suite to MANIFEST.
* lib/RPC/XML/
Forgot to update the module version number.
* lib/RPC/
Fix typo in reftype() call.
* lib/RPC/
* t/90_rt54494_blessed_refs.t (added)
RT #54494: Fix handling of blessed references in smart_encode().
* lib/Apache/RPC/
* lib/Apache/RPC/
* lib/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/Parser/
* lib/RPC/XML/Parser/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
Large-scale code clean-up driven by Perl::Critic. All critic
flags down to severity 1 now removed.
Forgot to add t/90_rt54494_blessed_refs.t when it was created.
0.72 Sunday December 13, 2009, 09:45:00 PM -0800
* Makefile.PL
* t/40_server_xmllibxml.t
RT #52662: Fix requirement specification for XML::LibXML.
* lib/RPC/
Some more clean-up of the docs, removing a redundant section.
0.71 Monday December 7, 2009, 08:00:00 PM -0800
* t/01_pod.t (deleted)
* t/02_pod_coverage.t (deleted)
* t/03_meta.t (deleted)
* t/04_minimumversion.t (deleted)
* t/05_critic.t (deleted)
* xt/01_pod.t (added)
* xt/02_pod_coverage.t (added)
* xt/03_meta.t (added)
* xt/04_minimumversion.t (added)
* xt/05_critic.t (added)
Moved author-only tests to xt/, updated MANIFEST.
Add test suite t/28_parser_bugs_50013.t, which was omitted from
last release.
* xt/01_pod.t
* xt/02_pod_coverage.t
* xt/03_meta.t
* xt/04_minimumversion.t
* xt/05_critic.t
Re-engineered the author-only/release tests, since they're no
longer in the t/ directory and thus should not interfere.
0.70 Sunday December 6, 2009, 10:00:00 PM -0800
* lib/RPC/
* t/10_data.t
RT #49406: Make Base64 data-type allow zero-length data.
* lib/RPC/
* t/10_data.t
Hand-applied a patch (most likely from Bill Moseley) to extend
the construction of dateTime.iso8601 data-types.
* t/40_server.t
Fixed another corner-case for the url() test.
* lib/RPC/
Fixed a case from previous work that caused "undef" warnings.
* lib/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* t/28_parser_bugs_50013.t
RT #50013: Restore backwards-compatibility for projects that
use RPC::XML::Parser directly.
* lib/RPC/XML/
RT #50143: Incorrectly called server_fault() as if it were a
* lib/Apache/RPC/
Applied patch from Frank Wiegand to fix a POD problem.
* lib/RPC/
Some additional regexp issues on dateTime.iso8601, to handle
* lib/RPC/XML/
Fixed some minor doc errors.
* lib/RPC/XML/Parser/
Moved the 'require' of some libraries to the point where they
are first needed, to delay loading until/unless necessary.
* lib/RPC/XML/Parser/ (added)
* t/21_xml_libxml.t (added)
* t/29_parserfactory.t
* t/40_server_xmllibxml.t (added)
Implement support for XML::LibXML in the parser-factory.
0.69 Thursday September 3, 2009, 10:25:00 AM -0700
* t/00_load.t
* t/01_pod.t
* t/02_pod_coverage.t
* t/10_data.t
* t/11_base64_fh.t
* t/12_nil.t
* t/15_serialize.t
* t/20_parser.t
* t/50_client.t
Minor clean-up of old CVS/SVN keyword references.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/Parser/ (added)
* lib/RPC/XML/ (added)
* lib/RPC/XML/
* t/20_parser.t (deleted)
* t/20_xml_parser.t (added)
* t/29_parserfactory.t (added)
* t/40_server.t
* t/
Converted parsing to be from a specific class to a
parser-factory style. This included renaming the existing
parser class and shuffling tests around.
* t/70_compression_detect.t
Cleaner approach to scrubbing symbol tables.
* t/00_load.t
* t/01_pod.t
* t/02_pod_coverage.t
* t/03_meta.t (added)
* t/04_minimumversion.t (added)
* t/05_critic.t (added)
New tests, and developer-specific tests changed to only run in
my copy.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/Parser/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* t/11_base64_fh.t
* t/15_serialize.t
* t/20_xml_parser.t
* t/30_method.t
* t/35_namespaces.t
* t/40_server.t
* t/41_server_hang.t
* t/50_client.t
RT #47806: One more patch for Windows compatibility with
* lib/Apache/RPC/
* lib/Apache/RPC/
* lib/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/Parser/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
Fixes based on Perl::Critic and other best-practices techniques.
* etc/make_method
Also made changes based on Perl::Critic.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/Parser/
Expanded definition of the interface to include push-parsing
methods. Documented these and added stubs to
RPC::XML::Parser::XMLParser that throw exceptions when called
by a non-push-parser instance. Reflected changes to test suite
* lib/RPC/XML/Parser/
Slight tweak to make this 5.6.1-compatible.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
RT #42736: Support user-adjustment of server-based faults, and
normalize the existing faults.
* lib/RPC/XML/
Fix encoding of return values from call() when the method
called is of type Function (and thus has no strict signatures).
* lib/RPC/
* t/13_no_deep_recursion.t (added)
RT #41063: Re-visit how arrays and structs are smart-encoded
and constructed, so as to avoid cyclical data structure
0.67 Friday July 10, 2009, 01:30:00 AM -0700
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* t/70_compression_detect.t (added)
RT #47219: Mis-read the patch from previous fix, this actually
fixes it. Also added a test suite to check for
0.66 Thursday July 9, 2009, 07:36:15 AM -0700
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
RT #47219: Re-did the detection of compression availability
(testing for the Compress::Zlib module) based on comments in
this bug.
* t/60_net_server.t
RT #47220: Net::Server tests are not (currently) viable on
Windows. Also made script taint-safe.
* t/40_server.t
* t/50_client.t
* t/
RT #47221: Applied a patch from, for better
Windows testing.
* lib/Apache/RPC/
* lib/Apache/RPC/
* lib/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
All modules now use the "warnings" pragma.
0.65 Wednesday June 17, 2009, 06:00:00 AM -0700
* etc/make_method
* etc/rpc-method.dtd
* lib/RPC/XML/
* t/30_method.t
* t/35_namespaces.t (added)
* t/namespace1.xpl (added)
* t/namespace2.xpl (added)
* t/namespace3.xpl (added)
Support for declaration of namespaces in XPL code. Adds a new
test suite and includes a rewrite/update of the method tests.
Change also covers the make_method tool and the DTD for XPL
* lib/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* t/02_pod_coverage.t
Interim fix for encoding issues, prior to the mega-encoding
work. This makes the library correctly create octet-based
messages, rather than letting UTF-8 leak in if it was passed in
* lib/Apache/RPC/
* lib/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
Follow-up to previous commit, some serialization-related
problems. Not all instances of bytelength() had been removed
after the previous slate of changes, and once that was done
some tests in 15_serialize.t broke.
* lib/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* t/12_nil.t (added)
* t/30_method.t
RT #34132: Based on a patch from the requestor, added support
for <nil/>. Documentation and tests are present, but a little
sparse. This change also incorporates a small add to
lib/RPC/XML/ to address RT #42033.
* t/40_server.t
* t/41_server_hang.t
RT #27778: Fix problems with child-process management on
Windows that was causing t/40_server.t to hang during test
runs. Also put skip-clause into t/41_server_hang.t, as
according to the person reporting, it doesn't work at all on
MSWin (the network code is very UNIX-y).
* lib/RPC/
* t/10_data.t
Applied a regexp-fix from Joakim Mared for stringification of
* lib/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* t/10_data.t
RT ticket #35106: Make the behavior of RPC::XML::array
constructor work as expected. This led to adding use of
Scalar::Util and cleaning up the places where I was still doing
"UNIVERSAL::isa(...)" hacks to test refs without the risk of
directly calling ->isa() on a potentially-unblessed ref.
* lib/Apache/RPC/
* lib/Apache/RPC/
* lib/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
Update the copyright year and license information, and add
contact data to all POD sections for RT, AnnoCPAN, GitHub, etc.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* t/50_client.t
RT ticket #34559: Allow control of LWP::UA timeouts from within
client class.
* lib/RPC/XML/
RT ticket #43019: Small hack to the existing SSL hack for
Socket6 problems.
* lib/Apache/RPC/
* lib/Apache/RPC/
* lib/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
Since Scalar::Util requires 5.006, make that (5.006001,
actually) the base required Perl version.
0.64 Monday September 29, 2008, 04:15:00 AM -0700
* t/40_server.t, revision 361
Further flexibility on the test of $srv->url(). This should
(finally) catch any variation of 127.* address and/or
host/domain naming that aliases to "localhost".
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 363
* t/20_parser.t, revision 363
Lingering problem from RT ticket #30354, RPC::XML::Parser did
not get the change committed that included parser-level support
for <i8>. Also added tests for parsing RPC::XML::request
objects and all the data-type objects to the parser test suite
(had they been there before, I would have caught this myself).
0.63 Friday September 19, 2008, 02:23:12 AM -0700
* lib/RPC/, revision 359
Forgot to increment $VERSION before the previous commit. Won't
show up in CPAN as an available update otherwise.
0.62 Friday September 19, 2008, 02:12:02 AM -0700
* t/40_server.t, revision 355
Extended the die message when $srv fails to allocate. Some
testers are getting a failure here but I have no idea how or
* lib/RPC/, revision 356
Testers-service reports showed that the new i8 type was not
auto-boxing correctly on true 64-bit machines. Turns out I had
bogus values for the maximums and minimums, not just for 8-byte
ints but also for plain 4-byte ones as well.
0.61 Monday September 15, 2008, 01:38:44 AM -0700
* t/00_load.t, revision 346
Converted to Test::More due to some cpan-testers reports that
showed test 2 failing. Hoping this might provide better
feedback if it continues to fail.
* t/40_server.t, revision 347
Changed a test for "localhost:$port" in the server URL method
to optionally allow localhost.localdomain, for those systems
whose /etc/hosts cause the former to convert to the latter. Was
causing false failures.
* t/40_server.t, revision 348
* t/50_client.t, revision 348
* t/60_net_server.t, revision 348
Test suites armored against server processes that die as a
result of croak() or other calls within 3rd-party modules. The
client and net_server suites were also converted to Test::More
at this time.
* t/40_server.t, revision 349
Fix for RT ticket #36078, fix the URL testing on the server
object to be less strict. Instead of only allowing "localhost",
now also allows "localhost.localdomain" and does a look-up of
"localhost" for the 127.* IP address and permits that as well.
In essence, this extends and supercedes the second change
listed above after more invariant cases were discovered.
* lib/RPC/, revision 350
* t/10_data.t, revision 350
Per RT ticket #30354 and specific request from a large agency
using this package, implemented an "i8" type as an extension to
the official XML-RPC specification. Documentation and tests
* t/40_server.t, revision 352
* t/60_net_server.t, revision 352
Some of the work in armoring the test suites against
server-death changed the counts on tests and on call-counts in
the system.status method. Some explicit re-starts didn't help.
0.60 Wednesday April 9, 2008, 03:01:07 AM -0700
* t/00_load.t, revision 328
* t/01_pod.t, revision 328
* t/02_pod_coverage.t, revision 328
* t/10_data.t, revision 328
* t/11_base64_fh.t, revision 328
* t/15_serialize.t, revision 328
* t/20_parser.t, revision 328
* t/30_method.t, revision 328
* t/40_server.t, revision 328
* t/50_client.t, revision 328
* t/60_net_server.t, revision 328
Related to the main change of RT ticket #30849, fixes potential
problem in the creation of temporary file names if a test
script is run directly from the "t" directory. While at it,
added a line with the Subversion "Id" keyword and set the
"svn:keywords" property on all test scripts. The code-fix is
based on suggestions from Jörg Meltzer <>.
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 329
Per RT ticket #30849, fix problem caused by having colons in
temp-file names. Fix largely from patch suggested by Jörg
Meltzer <>.
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 331
Applied a modified form of a patch submitted by Mike Rylander
<> to make things work under SSL.
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 332
* t/41_server_hang.t, revision 332 (added)
Fixed the bug in RPC::XML::Server::process_request() could lead
to an infinite loop if the client shuts down the socket before
the full request is sent. Added a test script specific to this
bug, to catch it if it reappears.
* lib/RPC/, revision 333
* t/10_data.t, revision 333
Per RT ticket #30042, made a do-nothing branch in
RPC::XML::smart_encode actually die with an error when a
reference-type is passed in that cannot be converted. Added two
tests to cover this, and took the opportunity to convert
10_data.t to Test::More.
* t/40_server.t, revision 334
* t/50_client.t, revision 334
Applied a patch from Chris Darroch to make the spawning of
servers work in some corner-cases that were failing. All that
was required was explicit specification of 'localhost' in the
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 336
* t/20_parser.t, revision 336
Applied a patch from Masatake Daimon (大門正岳) to improve the
performance of the parser by reducing the (vast) number of
string-concat operations. During this change, re-wrote the
parser tests to use Test::More and have better diagnostics.
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 337
* t/40_server.t, revision 337
Per RT ticket #29351, fixed a bug that caused a server to
incorrectly report the location and cause of an XML parsing
error in the request. The actual bug and solution were
different than initially reported in the ticket.
* lib/RPC/, revision 338
* t/10_data.t, revision 338
Per RT ticket #31818, fix to the XML serialization of double
values to conform to the XML-RPC spec, as it does not allow for
exponential notation. This also required changes to the tests,
as values were no longer being auto-truncated at 5 decimal
places. Also finished cleaning up the t/10_data.t test suite
with diagnostic messages on the tests that had not previously
gotten them.
* lib/RPC/, revision 339
* t/20_parser.t, revision 339
In response to concerns raised by a report of parsing problems,
added XML entity encoding for ' and " (&apos; and &quot;) to
the base RPC::XML module, and added a test to the parser suite
to make sure it is correctly turning all core XML entities back
into characters during the parsing process.
* lib/Apache/RPC/, revision 341
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 341
* t/40_server.t, revision 341
RT ticket #34557: Provide access to client-side connection info
to methods called on the server, by placing the data from
get_peeraddr() (as abstracted through existing methods in
HTTP::Daemon::ClientConn and Apache::Connection) into localized
keys on the server object, as is already done with the
method_name and signature pseudo-keys. Tests added to
40_server.t and docs updated.
* etc/make_method, revision 343
* lib/Apache/RPC/, revision 343
* lib/Apache/RPC/, revision 343
* lib/RPC/, revision 343
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 343
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 343
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 343
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 343
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 343
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 343
Updated all copyright/redistribution information with current
year and correct/current URLs for Artistic and LGPL licenses.
0.59 Friday June 30, 2006, 01:48:37 AM -0600
* t/10_data.t, revision 1.10
Eliminated the source of some "Modification of a read-only
value..." errors. Patch from Juan Camacho.
* t/01_pod.t, revision 1.1 (added)
* t/02_pod_coverage.t, revision 1.1 (added)
Two new unit-test suites added; the first checks the validity
of the POD docs in each module (correctness tests), the other
checks that POD covers all the publically-visible API routines
(coverage tests).
* lib/Apache/RPC/, revision 1.28
* lib/Apache/RPC/, revision 1.6
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.4
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.13
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.44
Fixes to POD documentation (and/or inline comments) as
uncovered by the added POD-oriented unit tests.
* MANIFEST, revision 1.17
* README.apache (deleted)
The README.apache file is no longer relevant.
* lib/Apache/RPC/, revision 1.29
Fixed the logic around the setting of $no_def in new(); it was
handling the no_default method-argument backwards. Found by
Eric Cholet.
* lib/RPC/, revision 1.36
* t/10_data.t, revision 1.11
Applied a patch from Jos Boumans to add flexibility to the
smart_encode() hack that tries to match bare Perl data to RPC
classes. At the same time, added documentation of the $ENCODE
global variable in the documentation.
0.58 Thursday May 12, 2005, 03:24:23 AM -0700
* lib/RPC/, revision 1.35
* t/10_data.t, revision 1.9
Applied patches from Stephen Veiss to fix a small bug in the
encoding method of RPC::XML::string. Trying to encode the
literal string "0" would result in a null string. The patches
provided the fix and a specific test-case for the related suite.
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.13
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.43
Applied a patch from Mike Pomraning to allow user-level
functions to return RPC::XML::fault objects directly without
them being further wrapped by intermediate layers.
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.14
Implemented a modified version of a patch from Lubomir Host
that addresses an intermittent IOCTL problem when reading XPL
* Makefile.PL, revision 1.38
Incremented package version number and put in warning of the
impending move to XML::LibXML.
0.57 Friday December 24, 2004, 03:02:48 AM -0800
* lib/Apache/RPC/, revision 1.27
Some minor changes to how values are read from the
configuration, to reduce "use of uninitialized value" warnings
in regex operations.
* lib/RPC/, revision 1.34
* t/10_data.t, revision 1.8
Based on a report from Brian Phillips, made adjustments in the
smart_encode helper-routine to deal with blessed references.
Anything that is derived from HASH or ARRAY is encoded as a
struct or array, respectively. Anything derived from SCALAR is
dereferenced and encoded as per usual. Carried this over to the
class constructors, with special attention to the
RPC::XML::simple_type class. Added tests to the suite for all
of this, as well.
* lib/Apache/RPC/status.base, revision 1.5
* lib/Apache/RPC/status.code, revision 1.4
* lib/Apache/RPC/, revision 1.2
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.12
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.42
* methods/status.base, revision 1.6
* methods/status.code, revision 1.4
* methods/, revision 1.2
* t/40_server.t, revision 1.8
The "system.status" method (both the general one and the one
that is specific to Apache) now recognizes an optional boolean
parameter that can keep the status call from counting against
the "total_requests" struct value. This is to allow external
monitors (status, health, etc.) to use that call without
running up the value of that field needlessly.
0.56 Thursday December 9, 2004, 01:07:00 AM -0800
* etc/make_method, revision 1.10
Small change to the generated XML, to add an "encoding" setting
to the XML preamble.
* t/10_data.t, revision 1.7
* t/60_net_server.t, revision 1.4
Very minor changes, to make the test work with older Perls
and/or Test modules.
* lib/RPC/, revision 1.31
Add "encoding" settings to all XML preambles, and make the
scalar variable "$RPC::XML::ENCODING" an importable symbol,
should users want to change the default encoding. Not currently
documented, since this is technically a break from the XML-RPC
* Makefile.PL, revision 1.35
* t/50_client.t, revision 1.8
Traced a bug that was causing test failures in 50_client.t to a
bug in version 5.800 of the LWP package. Now, Makefile.PL
explicitly requires 5.801 or higher, and the test suite skips
the two tests that are broken by it, in cases where the system
is still at 5.800 or older.
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.21
Tightened some numeric comparisons (for deciding to compress
and/or spool to a file), and corrected a typo in an error
* lib/RPC/, revision 1.32
Adding the encoding to the request and response blocks messed
up some of the tests in the 10_data.t and 15_serialize.t
suites. Fixed.
* README, revision 1.24
* etc/make_method, revision 1.11
* etc/rpc-method.dtd, revision 1.7
* lib/Apache/RPC/, revision 1.26
* lib/Apache/RPC/, revision 1.5
* lib/RPC/, revision 1.33
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.22
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.3
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.8
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.12
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.11
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.41
Changed all URL references to the Artistic License from the (no
longer valid) version to the (current,
working) one.
* ChangeLog, revision 1.26
* ChangeLog.xml, revision 1.2
* Makefile.PL, revision 1.36
* README, revision 1.25
Admin files prepped for 0.56 release (also, the ChangeLog.xml
file was modified to reflect tuning of the schema).
0.55 Tuesday November 30, 2004, 01:16:57 AM -0800
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.39
Fix from Thomax G. to the loop-invariance near line 1403, for a
bug that mostly appears with openACS-based clients.
* t/60_net_server.t, revision 1.3
Clarify in the message emitted why the tests are skipped when
Net::Server is not available.
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.40
Fix based on input from several sources: The Content-Encoding
header was not being set correctly for responses when
compression was applied to the response message.
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.10
Applied a fix from the Debian maintainer of this package for
their distribution, David Parrish: auto-reloading of methods
was not actually stuffing the new data into the calling object.
* lib/Apache/RPC/, revision 1.25
Applied a patch from a user to fix a problem with reading
PerlSetVar values withing a <Location> block (worked fine in
<Perl> blocks), as well as a small addition to the examples in
the docs.
* ChangeLog.xml, revision 1.1 (added)
* MANIFEST, revision 1.16
Added this file (ChangeLog.xml) to the distribution.
0.54 Wednesday April 14, 2004, 04:43:56 AM -0700
* Makefile.PL, revision 1.33
Extended $CLEAN to also remove *.ppd files, and bumped the
package version to 0.54.
* lib/RPC/, revision 1.30
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.9
Applied a patch from Tim Peoples that does three things: the
301 error code in RPC::XML::Procedure::call now includes
signature info when a signature mismatch occurs.
RPC::XML::smart_encode turns undef values into zero-length
RPC::XML::string objects. Lastly, the
RPC::XML::string::as_string method turns undef into null values
as well.
* lib/RPC/, revision 1.28
* t/10_data.t, revision 1.6
Small change to the XML character-escaping in
RPC::XML::string's as_string method, so that a lookup-table is
used. The same table is now used to escape keys in structs, as
well. Added tests to cover this. This was suggested by
Johnathan Kupferer.
* t/20_parser.t, revision 1.3
Made a small change for the sake of syntax pedantry.
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.20
Fix to the error-handling for a failed LWP::UserAgent->request
call send_request (thanks to Jasper Cramwinckel). Also got a
small glitch covered in one of the calls to the inflate()
method in Compress::Zlib. Thanks to John Tobing for that one.
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.11
Dropped a regex-compare in favor of a string-compare for the
special case of the XML tag being dateTime.iso8601. In some
locales, the 'lc' caused problems. This is near line 288.
* lib/Apache/RPC/, revision 1.23
Applied a patch to Apache::RPC::Server (supplied by Tim
Peoples) to support "NoCompression" as a PerlSetVar directive,
the function of which is to disable compression support upon
* lib/Apache/RPC/, revision 1.24
Fixed two minor typo errors in the docs, the names of two of
the PerlSetVar directives.
* lib/RPC/, revision 1.29
Added to the docs the fact that struct keys are now escaped.
Also put some coverage in the docs on the two ways of
initializing a struct object.
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.38
Applied a patch from Chris Darroch to allow better handling of
arguments in RPC::XML::Server::server_loop. While the
HTTP::Daemon portion was fine with collapsing the arg list into
a hash, the Net::Server portion actually has documented
behavior when it sees the same argument more than once, and
collapsing to a hash caused these extra arguments to be lost.
0.53 Tuesday February 25, 2003, 01:12:11 AM -0800
* t/40_server.t, revision 1.7
Eliminate a warning under 5.00503.
* lib/RPC/, revision 1.25
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.19
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.10
* t/50_client.t, revision 1.7
Changes to the opening of files for base64 data. The existing
method didn't work under 5.00503.
* t/15_serialize.t, revision 1.3
Added consideration to the filehandle-length tests for Win-ish
* lib/RPC/, revision 1.26
Added a forgotten binmode() call to an just-opened filehandle
in the base64-to-file support.
0.52 Monday February 10, 2003, 01:37:05 AM -0800
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.37
Really got the warning in this time.
Really. Also got some potential errors that seem to be
overlooked under auto-loading but appear when auto-loading is
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.18
Fixed a potentially-confusing problem in the example code
within the RPC::XML::Client man page, just under "SYNOPSIS".
*, revision 1.4
More work to the RPM specfile template. The
Provides/Requires list should be a lot cleaner now, and it also
builds packages under rpm 4.1, now.
* lib/Apache/RPC/, revision 1.22
Fixed a lurking bug in the Apache::RPC::Server class that was
not setting the headers properly on responses. Probably lived
this long because no one else but me was using it, and my
client is lax enough to ignore it.
0.51 Thursday January 30, 2003, 12:49:07 AM -0800
* t/11_base64_fh.t, revision 1.4
Removed an extraneous print line in t/11_base64_fh that caused
a warning on some systems.
* t/11_base64_fh.t, revision 1.5
* t/50_client.t, revision 1.6
Fixed calls to skip() in the test suites so that they work with
older versions of the Test module.
* lib/RPC/, revision 1.24
* t/10_data.t, revision 1.5
* t/11_base64_fh.t, revision 1.6
Calls to the encode_base64 routine from MIME::Base64 now pass a
zero- length second argument, to suppress newlines between
Base64 lines when stringifying the RPC::XML::base64 objects.
This is to accomodate a broken Java XML-RPC package.
* lib/RPC/XML/, revision 1.36
Force a default value for the compress_re attribute in
RPC::XML::Server when none is otherwise present. All my tests
have had Compress::Zlib available, but when it isn't the
compress_re attribute was triggering warnings when used in a
0.50 Monday January 27, 2003, 03:24:45 AM -0800
* lib/RPC/XML/
Changed the usage of =head3 directives in the manual page for
RPC::XML::Procedure to a =over/=back block instead. The =head3
directive requires a newer set of pod utilities, and would mean
the package had trouble building on 5.005 installations.
* lib/RPC/
* t/11_base64_fh.t
Extended the RPC::XML::base64 class to allow for and handle
being given a filehandle object instead of straight data. The
object is kept as an open filehandle, and the buffer position
is always noted and reset when operated on, so that other parts
of the process using the handle don't get surprised. Added
tests in t/11_base64_fh.t to exercise this.
* lib/RPC/
* t/15_serialize.t
Added a serialize() method to all the data classes in
preparation for changing the client and server modules to
stream XML over the line rather than print it using in-memory
strings. Added test suite t/15_serialize.t to exercise this.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* t/20_parser.t
Modified RPC::XML::Parser to accept arguments to new() that
instruct it to spool Base64 data to a filehandle, using the new
capabilities of the base64 class described previously. Added
tests to t/20_parser.t and support for the parameters to the
constructors of the client and base server classes. Documented
all around.
* lib/RPC/
Re-engineered the test for the "bytes" pragma in RPC::XML, so
that it now works with Perl 5.005.
* lib/RPC/XML/
Fixed the credentials() method in RPC::XML::Client.
* lib/Apache/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
All the internal use of object attributes in RPC::XML::Client
now use accessors instead of the hash keys directly, to make it
easier to sub-class the package. The same was done in
RPC::XML::Server and to some degree in Apache::RPC::Server. The
server classes are more likely to have problems, though.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
The parsing of incoming data in the client and both server
classes is now done to a streaming XML parser, eliminating the
need for the full message to ever be in memory at once.
Likewise, the client and server classes have new attributes and
accessor methods to allow them to spool outgoing messages to
files if the messages threaten to be too large to keep in
memory (this is best used when dealing with a lot of Base64
data that is being dealt with directly on disk as well).
0.46 Sunday December 29, 2002, 11:39:05 PM -0800
* lib/RPC/XML/
Applied a patch from Andrew Langmead to fix a bug in the uri()
method of RPC::XML::Client. Prior, retrieving the value could
accidentally reset it. Applied another fix from him to prevent
a possible warning.
* lib/RPC/XML/
Applied another patch to better handle testing of the
availability of compression in the client.
* Makefile.PL
Moving around some of the RPM spec-file generation caused
problems with some people trying to build the package if was missing. Fixed this in Makefile.PL.
* lib/RPC/XML/
Fix to RPC::XML::Procedure per tip from Stig Porsgaard, to fix
the reading of 'signature' arguments to new() when providing
all the proc data directly. Reported by others as well, but
Stig nailed it down to a specific line.
0.45 Tuesday October 29, 2002, 09:06:00 PM -0800
* lib/RPC/
Fixed a problem in the test-usage of the bytes pragma in
RPC::XML, reported by Marc Jauvin.
* lib/RPC/XML/
Closed a potential security hole in the parsing of external
entities, pointed out by Gregory Steuck.
0.43 Sunday August 18, 2002, 10:19:30 PM -0700
* methods/methodSignature.code
* t/40_server.t
* t/60_net_server.t
Changed methods/methodSignature.code, t/40_server.t and
t/60_net_server.t so that the provided system.methodSignature
follows the accepted API (returns a list of lists, rather than
list of strings). Pointed out by Bjoern Stierand.
* lib/RPC/
Added a missing helper (RPC_I4) to
* lib/Apache/RPC/
Fixed a bad bug with the newly-added compression support in
Apache::RPC::Server::handler. Because $self was defined
earlier, strict failed to point out that my object in that
scope was called $srv, rather than $self. And $self->compress
didn't work, amazingly enough. Found and reported by Scott Fagg.
* lib/RPC/XML/
Added a credentials() method to the RPC::XML::Client class to
set Basic Authentication credentials on the underlying
LWP::UserAgent object. Per suggestion and sample implementation
from Stuart Clark.
* lib/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
Fixed a docs-nit in RPC::XML::Server, and did some major
clean-up in the docs for RPC::XML. In particular, added
documentation for one of the data class methods that had been
overlooked ("type").
0.42 Thursday August 1, 2002, 12:51:12 AM -0700
* lib/Apache/RPC/
Changed the test in Apache::RPC::Server of the Content-type
header so that it accepts a header that contains "text/xml", as
opposed to only accepting a header that exactly equalled that
string. Allows for things like SOAP::Lite's XMLRPC::Lite which
include a charset in the header.
* lib/RPC/
time2iso8601() in the RPC::XML module now allows defaulting of
the $time argument to time() (which means no timezone
* lib/RPC/XML/
Found a bug in RPC::XML::Parser where base64 data being parsed
in a request/response message wasn't being properly passed to
the c'tor for RPC::XML::base64. Reported by Chris Brierley.
* lib/Apache/RPC/
Added a line in Apache::RPC::Server to set the Content-Type
header on HEAD responses. Apache won't take this from the usual
header() method, it has to be explicitly set with
* t/40_server.t
Two of the tests in t/40_server.t could cause fatal errors
since a return value wasn't tested for ref-ness before having a
method called on it. Fixed.
* lib/Apache/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
Compress::Zlib-based compression is now supported in
RPC::XML::Server, RPC::XML::Client and Apache::RPC::Server. It
should be compatible with the XMLRPC::Lite package's
0.41 Wednesday May 22, 2002, 02:50:47 AM -0700
* lib/RPC/XML/
Wrapped the call to XML::Parser::parse (lib/RPC/XML/
in an eval {} so that parse failures don't kill a server or
client. Reported by Kevin Greene.
* lib/RPC/
An intended clone-operation in RPC::XML::response::new
(lib/RPC/ was never actually written, which allowed for
a corner case that could result in new() return undef when it
shouldn't. Related to the bug reported by Sergey Scherbinin.
* lib/RPC/XML/
The RPC::XML::Procedure::call method (lib/RPC/XML/
had one error-check loop that was returning a full
RPC::XML::response object, instead of just a RPC::XML::fault.
Reported by Sergey Scherbinin.
0.40 Saturday May 4, 2002, 12:42:18 AM -0700
* *
Fixed some grammar problems in error messages, and some
* lib/Apache/RPC/
Fixed a bug in the new() method of Apache::RPC::Server where it
was expecting the value of the "apache" key to be an object of
the Apache::Server class, but it was actually getting an object
of the Apache class.
* etc/make_method
* etc/rpc-method.dtd
* lib/RPC/XML/ (added)
Created RPC::XML::Function class, which is a type of
server-side encapsulator that doesn't bother with signature
tests of any kind. The DTD and make_method tool support the new
* etc/make_method
Changed the encoding of the Perl code in etc/make_method as
follows: If the code does not already contain either of the two
sequences, ']]>' or '__DATA__', then the code is wrapped in a
<![CDATA[ ]]> section, with #!/usr/bin/perl (actually,
$Config{startperl}) at the head and __DATA__ at the end.
Besides leaving the Perl code readable, the *.xpl files can now
be syntax-checked with "perl -cx". Thanks to the mod_perl guys
for this idea, cribbed from their manual page.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
Abstracted some of the invocation code out of the server class
and into the RPC::XML::Procedure class, where it really
belonged. This aided in further eliminating redundancy in the
server class in the same general area. I may yet want to tune
this area, but I'm a good deal happier with the reduction in
complexity and repetition.
0.44 Tuesday April 30, 2002, 11:44:08 PM -0700
* lib/RPC/
Cleaned up the exports list in, which still had
remnants from when this package was intended to extend XML-RPC.
There were no routines to match the symbols, but the potential
for error was there.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
Fixed a typo in the docs for RPC::XML::Client, and some
documentation goofs in RPC::XML::Server (regarding the timeout
method/option). A few doc fixes in RPC::XML::Procedure, for
good measure.
* lib/RPC/
Implemented two fixes sent in by Marc Liyanage: a fix for
setting the Content-Length headers on messages that takes the
length in bytes rather than characters; the second is a fix
around the compression support that makes certain an undef
isn't evaluated against the regex.
* lib/RPC/
The above added an exported function to RPC::XML, so that got
documented. In the process, it occurred to me to document the
helper functions like RPC_BOOLEAN, RPC_DOUBLE, etc.
0.37 Friday March 22, 2002, 10:16:08 PM -0800
* lib/RPC/XML/
Applied a patch to RPC::XML::Server from Tino Wuensche
(<>) that fixed some of the
signal-handling and exit-case-handling in server_loop().
* lib/RPC/XML/
Fixed a bug in RPC::XML::Procedure found by a user (a former
co-worker from my Denver days, coincidentally enough) that
would trigger when auto_methods was set to 1 on a server
object, but the request had no matching file anywhere in the
search path.
0.36 Tuesday January 29, 2002, 12:11:30 PM -0800
The file in the t directory was accidentally omitted
from the 0.35 release. This release is meant only to correct
that oversight.
0.35 Sunday January 27, 2002, 04:29:19 PM -0800
* etc/make_method
Fixed a small bug in make_method that would have caused a
failure if anyone used the command-line switches to specify
data, rather than a base-file (specifically, the handling of
the --code argument). Also clarified a few places in the man
* lib/Apache/RPC/status.code
* methods/methodHelp.code
* methods/status.code
Found bugs in both versions of the system.status server method
(both the basic and the Apache flavor). Both were neglecting to
set the "methods_known" value. Also found a bug in
system.methodHelp. Amazing what writing the regression tests
can uncover.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/ (added)
RPC::XML::Method is now a skeleton file, slated to be removed
by or before 1.0. It has been renamed to RPC::XML::Procedure,
and the RPC::XML::Method class is declared as an empty subclass
of the RPC::XML::Procedure class. Procedures differ from
methods in that they do not get the server object instance as a
first parameter in the list that gets passed in.
* etc/make_method
* etc/rpc-method.dtd
* ex/linux.proc.cpuinfo.code
* ex/linux.proc.meminfo.code
Support for RPC::XML::Procedure (and general procedure vs.
method) added to the DTD and the make_method tool. All the
routines in the ex/ directory are declared as procedures, to
further illustrate the concept.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* lib/RPC/XML/
When code blocks for XPL files are eval'd, they are given a
"package" statement to force subsequent calls to be in the
RPC::XML::Procedure namespace, rather than defaulting to main
(a potentially dangerous assumption). The docs on
routine-calling in RPC::XML::Server have been updated to
discuss this.
* t/40_server.t
Many more tests added to the suite for RPC::XML::Server.
* t/50_client.t (added)
Created the test suite for RPC::XML::Client.
* lib/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/
RPC::XML::Client no longer returns a full RPC::XML::response
object from any of its routines. Rather, simple_request still
does what it always has, and send_request now returns a
data-type value. All the data-type classes have a method called
"is_fault" that returns false for all except (of course)
RPC::XML::fault. This lets callers of send_request test the
return value to see if it is a fault.
* lib/RPC/XML/
* t/50_client.t
Added callback support for errors and faults to the
RPC::XML::Client class. This allows programmers to tie specific
actions to cases where a call returns a RPC::XML::fault object,
or an outright error.
* t/60_net_server.t (added)
Created a separate test suite for RPC::XML::Server when used in
conjunction with the Net::Server package (it skips if the
latter is not installed on the system).
* lib/RPC/XML/
Almost all of the method-manipulation routines in
RPC::XML::Server (all but add_default_methods()) now have
counterparts called by the same name after s/method/proc/. This
is purely for syntactical sugar and symmetry. Except in the
case of add_proc(), where it actually ensures that a
hash-reference calling convention is geared correctly to add a
RPC::XML::Procedure object rather than RPC::XML::Method.
0.30 Thursday January 3, 2002, 01:57:29 AM -0800
* lib/Apache/RPC/
Apache::RPC::Server::list_servers no longer sorts the list
before returning it. No reason to assume it matters, or to levy
that tax against those who don't care.
* lib/RPC/XML/
RPC::XML::Server::url now constructs saner strings for HTTPS
and for HTTP on port 80.
* lib/RPC/XML/
The new() method in RPC::XML::Server wasn't quite handling the
"host" and "port" arguments that Apache::RPC::Server sent it
* lib/RPC/XML/
Added a patch to the RPC::XML::Server class from Christopher
Blizzard ( to allow control over the
timeout interval that HTTP::Daemon uses in answering new
* Makefile.PL
Replaced a GNU Make-centric dependancy rule for the XPL files
with a more portable .SUFFIXES-based one. This is unfortunate,
as the % syntax of GNU make is much cleaner. But GNU Make isn't
universal. Yet.
* lib/Apache/RPC/ (added)
This release marks the debut of Apache::RPC::Status, a monitor
similar in nature and design to Apache::Status, for running RPC
servers under Apache/mod_perl. See the manual page for details.
* lib/Apache/RPC/
Documentation for Apache::RPC::Server was updated based on
trials and travails in trying to actually set up a
configuration inside <Perl> blocks. This isn't very clear in
the mod_perl documentation, but at least the docs for this
module reflect exactly what I have configured on my development
box, so I know it works.
0.29 Sunday December 2, 2001, 10:41:39 PM -0800
* lib/RPC/XML/
Added share_methods(), copy_methods() and delete_method() calls
to the RPC::XML::Server class (and thus to the Apache class as
well). Had already added an INSTALL_DIR method to retrieve the
class-specific installation dir to the Apache class, so
mirrored it here, as well.
* lib/Apache/RPC/
Added list_servers() static method to Apache::RPC::Server, to
allow for abstract retrieval of the ID-tags of the current
known servers. This is mainly so Apache::RPC::Status can use it
in conjunction with get_server() to examine the server objects
for the sake of stats and such.
* lib/RPC/XML/
Added list_methods() to RPC::XML::Server, to list the object's
known (published) methods by name. Mainly for use in the
regression suites, but worth documenting in the API in case
someone else finds it useful.
* methods/introspection.code
* methods/listMethods.code
* methods/methodHelp.code
* methods/methodSignature.code
Four of the provided methods in the introspection API
(system.introspection, system.listMethods, system.methodHelp
and system.methodSignature) needed to be updated to use the
newer API for the XML::RPC::Method class when retrieving
information from the server.
* t/30_method.t (added)
* t/40_server.t (added)
Started the test suites for RPC::XML::Method and
RPC::XML::Server. The tests that are delivered as part of this
build are not fully complete, but should be a reasonable start.
0.28 Sunday October 7, 2001, 09:27:39 PM -0700
* lib/RPC/
Found a subtle-but-nasty bug in the handling of
RPC::XML::string objects. Thanks to Dominic Mitchell
<> for pointing me in the right direction.
* lib/RPC/
Started down the path of making the suite as a whole geared
more towards real use than illustrative example. The XML
data-classes now no longer use indention (or any superfluous
whitespace) in their stringification. This shortened the code
quite a bit, and will also mean shorter messages. This could
not have been done cleanly without the tests in t/10_data.t.
* lib/Apache/RPC/
* lib/RPC/XML/ (added)
* lib/RPC/XML/
Extracted the method-manipulation code into a new class, called
RPC::XML::Method. This should make method-sharing easier, and
pull a lot of method-specific code out of RPC::XML::Server and
* lib/Apache/RPC/
Clarified some issues in the new() constructor of the
Apache::RPC::Server class, and also changed the calling
convention. It no longer treats the first few arguments in any
special way at all. The arguments are all consistently taken as
option/value pairs, just as with RPC::XML::Server. The
documentation reflects this. This may break things built on the
old style, but in the long run it should prove much better.
0.27 Sunday July 8, 2001, 04:25:51 PM -0700
* lib/RPC/
Removed a -w warning from RPC/ Fixed some cases in the
new() method of RPC::XML::boolean that would have permitted
invalid data. Added two convenience methods to RPC::XML::fault,
called code() and string(), that fetch the faultCode and
faultString member values as native Perl values. The
RPC::XML::base64 class was using the wrong container tags in
the as_string method.
* lib/RPC/XML/
Clarified and expanded some of the documentation in
* Makefile.PL
Adjusted the PREREQ_PM hash in Makefile.PL so that it correctly
looks for LWP, and also looks for File::Spec 0.8 or newer
(needed to ensure that the splitpath() method is available).
* t/00_load.t
* t/10_data.t
* t/20_parser.t
Cleaned up the load-tests (t/00_load.t) to use the Test
harnessing package. Added test suites for the RPC::XML data
classes (t/10_data.t, 96 tests) and the RPC::XML::Parser
container-class (t/20_parser.t, 7 tests).
0.26 Monday June 25, 2001, 10:30:18 PM -0700
* lib/RPC/XML/
Fixed some doc errors in RPC::XML::Server. Mainly things I had
simplified, but not updated the docs to reflect.
* lib/Apache/RPC/
Added a fair amount to the docs in Apache::RPC::Server. In
particular, a new section was added that illustrates using
<Perl> configuration sections to create the server objects in
the master Apache process, so that they are automatically
inherited by children.
0.25 Tuesday June 12, 2001, 10:35:09 PM -0700
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