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Rafael Garcia-Suarez
June 23, 2009 23:12
Re: Perl 5.10.1
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2009/6/24 David E. Wheeler <>:
> On Jun 23, 2009, at 6:17 PM, David Nicol wrote:
>> Therefore, the correct way to release the improvements is in the form
>> of patches, in some kind of nifty patch applicability matrix.  The
>> target audience of the release is distribution packagers, who should
>> not be in the least cowed by patches, or by git for that matter.
> That leaves out those of us who detest packaging systems, and hate having to
> maintain scripts that apply patches, constantly having to decide what
> patches we need and what we don't for production.

To me, detesting packaging systems is a bit like detesting version
control systems... and I know the guts of rpm enough to know how
hateful they can be.

>> Having the p5p release lag releases from debian, redhat, activestate,
>> gentoo, etc makes perfect sense and could drive better testing of
>> release candidates.
> I think that core Perl should be released far more often than it is. If
> something breaks, people go back to the previous version and wait for the
> next release in, say, just six weeks.

Going back is not easy, unless you never install any modules, and
don't use any program that embeds perl or that is linked with (like mod_perl, or things like the vim editor on my ubuntu
system). Perl is actually pretty low on the dependency chain.

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