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Rocco Caputo
June 30, 2020 14:33
Re: Announcing Perl 7
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On 06/30/2020 02:00, Darren Duncan wrote:
> On 2020-06-29 10:40 p.m., Tom Molesworth wrote:
>> On Tue, 30 Jun 2020 at 13:33, Darren Duncan wrote:
>>     On 2020-06-29 10:22 p.m., Tom Molesworth via perl5-porters wrote:
>>      > So one concern that does not seem to have been addressed by 
>> the "enable by
>>      > default" proposal is "what about CPAN". It used to be a 
>> selling point for
>>     Perl,
>>      > would be a shame to lose that.
>>     Well I DID say that CPAN is one of those places where explicit 
>> versions SHOULD
>>     be used.  And if any don't, well CPAN is public, and as you 
>> demonstrated we can
>>     see what would break.  And so we now are in the position to fix 
>> those modules.
>> Fix... how?
> Fix means make compatible.  And the argument is for the community at 
> large to do it, not just those who maintain the Perl interpreter.

Not quite.  "Fix" means "make compatible with perl7".  As has been 
discussed and quantified earlier, a significant subset of CPAN can't be 
compatible with both languages simultaneously.  In that context, "fix" 
is in effect a top-down mandate for users to abandon perl5.

"Fix" also deprecates 5PAN as broken, the belief of which makes the 
mandate more palatable.

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