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Re: [PATCH] bump-perl-version false positives

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Andy Dougherty
August 4, 2009 05:58
Re: [PATCH] bump-perl-version false positives
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On Tue, 4 Aug 2009, Dave Mitchell wrote:

> On Tue, Aug 04, 2009 at 11:30:48AM +0200, demerphq wrote:
> > Of course this also means we have to deal with our version schizophrenia.
> > 
> > Is  Perl 5.10.1-RC1 a Perl 5.10.1 or is it a Perl 5.10.0?
> > 
> > Currently we pretend its a Perl 5.10.1, but we haven't released Perl 5.10.1 yet.

Yes, I certainly agree that's a logical inconsistency.  Alas, it's one we 
have to live with.

> Its the only sane thing to do it this way. 5.10.1-RC1 *has* to be as close
> as possible to what we intend to release as 5.10.1, which includes
> identifying itself as 5.10.1 for the purposes of $] etc.

Absolutely.  Otherwise, we aren't testing it thoroughly.  (Also think 
installation directories, binary compatibility with previous releases, 

>                                                          Unlike most
> software packages, perl is incredibly self-aware. It would be easy for
> to produce an RC which worked fine, then a final release which broke
> 'use feature' for example..

Or which installed itself as perl0.000, for example.

    Andy Dougherty

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