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Nicholas Clark
June 21, 2009 00:00
Re: Perl 5.10.1
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On Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 02:39:07PM -0700, Darren Duncan wrote:

> Now besides the above bug, there were some other significant regression 
> bugs that AFAIK also had fairly simple fixes, and those could be 
> cherry-picked into 5.10.1 also, or alternately a soon-after 5.10.2 could 
> contain the fixes that are both high impact and simple fixes, such that the 
> current release-stopper list would then just block 5.10.3 or something.

I believe that all that have fixes have already been merged into

Dave's view is that he'd like to triage and fix these remaining bugs:

> Generally speaking, it should be fine to make any sort of release as long 
> as it is known to not contain a regression from the immediately prior 
> release.

I agree with the importance of not introducing regressions.

If a project has a reputation for making releases with regressions, then
it acts as a strong deterrent to upgrading from the existing system, that
is known to work. Upgrading might bring benefits, but it might also
introduce new bugs, and those might be worse than the bugs you already know
about and know how to work round.

Whereas if the reputation is one of (near) zero regressions, then it's an
incentive to upgrade - bugs will be fixed, but you won't be getting new bugs.

Nicholas Clark

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