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Craig A. Berry
June 21, 2009 00:34
Re: Perl 5.10.1
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On Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 3:05 PM, Jonathan Leto<> wrote:

> As an exercise, I checked out the perl-5.10 git tag and then
> cherry-picked Rick Delaney's "Big slowdown in 5.10 @_ parameter
> passing " commit [1]. I ran all the tests and they pass on my machine.
> Obviously a bit more smoke testing is needed, but I took this as a
> good sign.

It's a good exercise.  Would've been nice to have people doing that 17
months ago.

> This is in response to chromatic's comments [2]:
> Is pointing out that a patch for a known performance regression
> languishing, unreleased, in bleadperl for 17 months a problem? Is that
> criticism dismissible from everyone who isn't currently a Perl 5
> committer or the maintainer of a core module?

Pointing it out is not a problem.   Suddenly suggesting that we
abandon public commitments and act on this one bug fix to the
exclusion of anything else that's happened in the interim is a bit

> I think that releasing Perl 5.10.1 with only this change is very
> valuable to the Perl community, so I went and tried to help it along.
> Is this a viable option?

It's a bit like walking into a party halfway through and saying, "I'd
like to propose the first toast."  I'm sure people would like to
acknowledge the gesture, but it isn't the first because, well, it just
isn't.  Anyone seriously wanting to see 5.10.1 out the door is
tracking the maint-5.10 branch, not the 5.10.0 tag.

Tracking maint-5.10 can mean a number of things.  It obviously means
building it and running the test suite on your preferred platform.
Testing your favorite CPAN modules is a plus.  Testing any darkpan
modules to which you have access is a double plus.  Scouring eBay and
the alleys in your neighborhood for abandoned hardware on which to run
Perl tests is, well, a bit obsessive, but I've done it.  Choose your
own level of eccentricity, technical proficiency, or whatever.  But do
stick around.

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