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From:
Jesse Luehrs
Date:
November 23, 2011 09:27
Subject:
Re: RFC: Autoloading charnames
Message ID:
20111123172727.GG6369@tozt.net
On Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 10:23:31AM -0700, Tom Christiansen wrote:
> Jesse Luehrs <doy@tozt.net> wrote on Wed, 23 Nov 2011 10:32:09 CST: 
> 
> >> Perl really isn't spec-based to allow one to adjudge a bug from a feature
> >> based on a formal spec, so there's a lot of this sort of thing going around.
> 
> > Right. And this is why I'd like to try to avoid adding more things like
> > this whenever possible - these are the sorts of things that makes the
> > language a lot harder to change in the future. Can we even make IO::File
> > stop loading File::Spec at this point? Someone may be relying on this
> > autoloading behavior, and their code would break. (To be clear, I think
> > the answer to this question is "yes", but the potential for breaking
> > existing code isn't something that should be ignored either.)
> 
> I think you're right that it could very well break code.
> 
> Whether this counts as breaking something that's already broken,
> I don't know.  Nor if it is, whether that justifies doing so.
> 
> Is the current situation actually hurting anyone?

Well, if nothing else, it's a potentially unnecessary use of
~500kb/process.

-doy

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