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James E Keenan
June 28, 2020 19:02
Re: Windows Support [Was: Re: Announcing Perl 7]
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On 6/28/20 1:23 PM, Christian Walde wrote:
> On Fri, 26 Jun 2020 20:57:39 +0200, John Lightsey <> wrote:
>> I'd love to see Perl 8 fix [...] Windows support.
> 2 things here:
> 1. Please don't phrase it in a way that implies Perl doesn't support 
> windows. I've been developing Perl on windows for over a decade and it 
> works.

Unfortunately, the data available to us suggests we have problems 
maintaining Perl on Windows in optimal condition.

Go to and plug in "MSWin32" to the 
OSname drop-down.  Observe a long list of FAILs.

Now, I grant you that it only takes one unit test failure in one test 
file to grade the whole smoke-test run FAIL.  Nonetheless, we do a good 
job of getting PASSes on Linux and at least 3 of the BSDs.

We need smoke-test reports preferably (a) from recent Windows releases 
for the business environment; and (b) from testers skilled enough in, 
and dedicated enough to, Windows to be able to diagnose failures and 
work with us to fix them.

Thank you very much.
Jim Keenan

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