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Deprecating 32-bit builds of Perl?

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Darren Duncan
August 15, 2023 02:41
Deprecating 32-bit builds of Perl?
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I don't recall seeing this discussed and so am bringing it up now.

(If there was solid prior discussion that someone knows of.

Wider context is Perl's historically maintaining support for a wide variety of 
hardware architectures and operating systems in modern versions.

Narrower context is Perl long being buildable for both 32-bit and 64-bit 
hardware architectures, such that how you build it determines the "native" size 
of an integer being 32 or 64 bits.

My question is, do we know if there is a significantly sized user base that both 
continues to upgrade to newer Perl versions AND is running them on hardware that 
is natively 32 bits for integers.

As far as I know, practically all hardware released for the last 15 years has 
had 64-bit CPUs and hence most builds of Perl would have been 64 bits.  (At 
least all Macs were 64-bit from late 2006 or so.)

I suspect that if the ability to produce a 32-bit build of Perl was deprecated 
this year and removed a few years later, it may make it significantly easier to 
maintain the Perl core and ecosystem due to removing a whole dimension of 

Does this seem like a reasonable change in principle, or are there still good 
reasons at this point to continue expressly supporting 32-bit builds indefinitely?

Thank you for your thoughts.

-- Darren Duncan

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