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Re: 5.8.2 and 5.8.n binary compatibility

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Alan Burlison
November 3, 2003 09:31
Re: 5.8.2 and 5.8.n binary compatibility
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Jan Dubois wrote:

>>Also, I don't actually care about 5.8.0/5.8.1 binary compatibility, as we 
>>didn't ship either version.  I'd therefore like to permenantly enable the 
>>new behaviour so that I don't have to take a potential prrformance hit, and 
>>so I don't have to break binary compatibility in the future.  Is there going 
>>to be a Configure flag to allow me to do this?
> I'm surprised that you are worried about breaking binary compatibility in
> the future given how cavalier you are about breaking it right now.  Is it
> just because breaking it now doesn't affect yourself? :)

I care about breaking binary compatibility, I'm just less than convinced 
that in this case it can be entirely avoided, and if it can't be entirely 
avoided I'd prefer 100% breakage instead of random nasty surprises.  Even if 
the various fixes *appear* to work I'd not be prepared to trust them myself 
anyway, I'd recompile.

I care about it in general because if binary compatibility is broke I have 
to ship two versions of perl, and that is more more aggro for me.

Alan Burlison

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