develooper Front page | perl.perl5.porters | Postings from March 2013

Re: [perl #116961] Data::Dumper 2.143 tests failures on 5.10.1

Thread Previous | Thread Next
David Golden
March 8, 2013 19:43
Re: [perl #116961] Data::Dumper 2.143 tests failures on 5.10.1
Message ID:
On Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 1:43 PM, Karl Williamson <> wrote:
> I made the change that broke D:D for older Perls.  I did not realize there
> was an issue in patching a core module in that it could be dual-lived.
> perlhack does not address the issue.  Our documentation needs to be updated
> about this; I don't know what it should say. Suggestions welcome.

I think perhaps we just need a short note to the effect that anything
in cpan/ and dist/ are dual-life and should not be made incompatible
with older Perls without good reason and approval of the Pumpking.

With respect to attitudes, email is hard and we all know that.

But... I think it's a good practice to assume that people on p5p have
the best of intentions, even if the results don't turn out the way we
all want.

Karl was trying to make things better.  So was Jim.

Peter was trying to save people on older Perl's from upgrading
Data::Dumper and slowing down.  That's trying to make things better,

Let's focus on the technical issues and try to respect people's
intentions and effort.


David Golden <>
Take back your inbox! →
Twitter/IRC: @xdg

Thread Previous | Thread Next Perl Programming lists via nntp and http.
Comments to Ask Bjørn Hansen at | Group listing | About