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Criteria for deciding what is a core module

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February 9, 2003 17:54
Criteria for deciding what is a core module
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I'm giving a talk to on the new core modules in Perl 5.8.0.
I was wondering who decides what is a core module?
What criteria are used before admitting a new core module?

For example, I noticed libnet and Text::Balanced got promoted to a
5.8.0 core module, while Time::Piece did not (perldelta says that
though Time::Piece appeared in Perl 5.7.0 it was removed for 5.8.0
because "it didn't have enough value in it to be a core module").

I also noticed someone suggested taking B:: out of core and turning
into a plain CPAN module instead (the backporting in this case
would be a pest because B API has evolved in parallel with the

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