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H.Merijn Brand
October 2, 2003 23:01
Re: 5.8.1 64bit int config annoyance
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On Thu 02 Oct 2003 22:46, Andy Dougherty <> wrote:
> On Thu, 2 Oct 2003 wrote:
> > Yes, some sort of "just use the biggest numbers you can" option would be
> > nice.
> Yes, it would be nice, but it's *very hard* to actually implement it well.


make -Dusemanybits be equivalent to -Duse64bitall -Duselongdouble, but set a
flag that if any of these would fail to just continue. Which is more or less
regaining the situation from before these (IMHO correct) changes to Configure
with the exception that it is now a *chosen* option to continue, and that some
hints files need some twiddling to not die in these occasions.

Let me make clear that the user that would choose this option will not have
any guarantee that perls will be configured the same accross OS's, which was
one of the reasons to make these patches in the first place. If the user chose
64bitall, he was not guaranteed to get it in the old situation, making
portability accross systems harder.

OTOH upgrading is still allowed (and done). i.e. on HP-UX choosing
-Duse64bitint will upgrade to -Duse64bitall

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