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Re: Proposal to remove support for MachTen

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From:
Dominic Dunlop
Date:
February 12, 2004 12:25
Subject:
Re: Proposal to remove support for MachTen
Message ID:
84E2E930-5D8F-11D8-A662-000A27839BD6@mac.com
Thanks for your kind words, Andy. The reason I sent the original mail 
is that I knew that the last perl that I knew worked worth a damn of 
MachTen was with 5.6.1, and I wanted to minimize the possibility of 
anybody coming along and getting frustrated on discovering that more 
current perls would not even build.

On 11 Feb 2004, at 21:31, Andrew Dougherty wrote:

> On Wed, 11 Feb 2004, H.Merijn Brand wrote:
>
>> On Wed 11 Feb 2004 15:54, Dominic Dunlop <shouldbedomo@mac.com> wrote:
>
>    [ giving up on MachTen ]
>
>> I propose the following:
>>
>> 1. Leave Configure as it is, this also to simplify integration
>>    to older versions, as Configure is still shared amongst all
>
> Yes, but certainly do put some comments in the appropriate unit
> (OldConfig.U, I think, offhand.)

OK by me.
>
>> 2. Make hints/machten.sh exit with a warning for any perl
>>    higher than 5.8.x. This exit will have the same effect as
>>    you intended with the change to Configure: it won't build
>
> Or maybe don't even bother, though certainly remove or reword
> Dominic's promise to help fix any problems!

Again OK. I just unmothballed MachTen and confirmed that 5.6.2 makes a 
fairly good fist of building -- just one (new) test failed -- so 
stopping perl >= 5.8.x from building seems like the right thing to do.

I'll cook up another patch.
-- 
Dominic Dunlop


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