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Timed out while waiting for perl debugger

  • Rob Johansen
    Rob Johansen


    Here's my setup:

    Windows XP SP3
    Perl v5.10.0 built for MSWin32-x86-multi-thread
    Epic 0.5.46
    Eclipse 3.6.1

    When I attempt to debug a simple perl script, an ActiveState Perl Debugger window appears. Using this separate window, I can step through my code for about 10 seconds until I get the infamous "Timed out while waiting for perl debugger" error from Epic. I do not get any warnings in the console about Regardless, I tried patching but this doesn't fix my problem.

    Do I need to disable the ActiveState debugger in order to debug in Eclipse? Anyone else seeing this peculiar behavior?


  • Rob Johansen
    Rob Johansen

    Figured out the problem. I have the Perl Development Kit installed, which disables the native Perl command-line debugger and enables an ActiveState graphical debugger. This FAQ on the ActiveState site explains how to revert back to the command-line debugger (which fixed the problem for me):

    Hope this helps anyone else who might run into this problem!

  • todd

    I occasionally have this problem when I'm stepping through my code too fast. I wasn't able to resolve it but as a workaround I found that killing the perl.exe process using windows task manager fixes it until it happens again and I do the same thing over again to reolve it. I hope this helps and please let me know if you find a permanent fix.