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April 11, 2003 10:09
Re: More missing CORE header files on VMS
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Craig Berry wrote:

!It must be a holdover from before installperl worked on VMS (which I
!think means pre-5.5.3) so a cleaned-up build directory had to
!function as an installed Perl.  Probably all the copying of pod/ to
!lib/pod is in there for the same reason.  If we could get rid of
!these two things, we would probably shrink descrip_mms.template by
!25% and have less maintenance to do as new .h and .pod files are
!added.  It's looking to me like the benefits probably outweigh the
!risks; are you ready to start swinging the axe?

I am fairly certain that your explanation of the pod/... to lib/pod/...
was originally done for the reason you cite (installperl not working).
Unfortunately I am uncertain if that is the sole explanation for the .h
file handling.
The non working installperl seems like a good explanation but I just don't
know if it is the only explanation.

I certainly agree that both the pods and the .h files are a maintenance
I'd like to help out if I can (gzipped tar kits help me out a lot of

Do you want to retain the ability to run the source tree as your PERL_ROOT
or would it be OK to break that?  Is this destined for 5.8.1 or later?


Peter Prymmer

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