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sigzero (5768)

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I am the proverbial "accidental" programmer. I have found that I really like Perl and programming so I am pursuing that route now. I am the Debian systems administrator and junior Perl programmer for a company called Inspire.

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Friday January 02, 2009
06:50 PM

No Perl 5.10 FreeBSD port...kinda sucks.

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I use NearlyFreeSpeech to host some sites. I saw that they ran Python side by side using two versions. So I asked the question about running 5.10 along with 5.8.8 and was told FBSD doesn't have it as an official port.


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  • There was just a thread about this on the freebsd-user list: []

    I'm a longtime FreeBSD user and promoter, but it really blows me away that getting 5.10 into Ports wasn't done ages ago, that it isn't a really big priority. This state of affairs does not reflect well on the OS.

    • I read that thread earlier today. My favorite post is the one which suggests that it's somehow a failing of Perl that no one has made it work on FreeBSD, as if platform porters magically appeared out of sugarplum dreams, and if p5p were a mystical fairyland which eats garbage and excretes beautiful packages for every platform and operating system anyone might possibly want.

      • Yeah, I saw that lame a** excuse as well.

      • Their big problem is that they are scared to upgrade because they are afraid everything will break. Which suggests to me that they could benefit from some unit tests. :-)

        • Well, from reading a bunch of threads it seems to me that they have pretty much removed the problem that upgrading Perl caused. The lingering fear is there. "Oh, we missed that!"