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Re: [PATCH 5.6.0-RC2] hints/ - make perl work on FreeBSD 5.0

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Anton Berezin
March 15, 2000 14:03
Re: [PATCH 5.6.0-RC2] hints/ - make perl work on FreeBSD 5.0
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On Wed, Mar 15, 2000 at 12:39:23PM -0500, Andy Dougherty wrote:

> Assume the worst.  Assume that the hints file you write today is going
> to be used _exactly as is_ for at least the next year, possibly
> longer.  Thus assume that folks will try to use perl-5.6.0 with
> FreeBSD 5.1.

> I would use neither 5.0* nor 5.*.  I would simply use *.  Sure, it's
> quite possible that when someone tries to run this hints file a year
> from now under 5.1 that the hints won't be exactly right.  However,
> the 5.0-based guess is probably more likely to be right than no guess
> at all!

> Sorry to go on so long about this.  It really isn't that big a deal,
> but it's also not hard to program defensively in this instance.  I
> can't see any reason not to.

Thanks.  With this explanation, I am totally convinced.  Expect reworked
patch as soon as I finish its testing on 3.4, 4.0, and 5.0.

Anton Berezin <>
The Protein Laboratory, University of Copenhagen

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