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Joshua ben Jore
April 30, 2008 21:46
Re: One less File::Copy bug
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On Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 6:10 AM, Johan Vromans <> wrote:
> Abigail <> writes:
>  > On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 06:18:12PM +0100, Nicholas Clark wrote:
>  > > I'm surprised how long it took us to make such an easy fix.
>  >
>  > I remember offering many years ago to fix this, but then it wasn't
>  > deemed a bug - it was 'documented' to behave like this.
>  >
>  > And I'm offering to fix the permission bit issues, unless we're too
>  > afraid it will break existing code. (Someone, somewhere, is probably
>  > relying in File::Copy dropping the execution bit).
>  Wouldn't it be better to provide a new, incompatible but less
>  surprising version of File::Copy next to the old one?
>  Or even, make it dual-faced depending on the version required?

No, if a user didn't want this bug fixed, they shouldn't be upgrading
perl or its libraries. Far better to fix this one in place.


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