Comment: Re:[insert useless subject here to placate use.per (Score 1) on 2010.02.03 22:36
Attached to: The most damaging interface in the entire Perl ecosystem
The fact that so many other languages get it wrong does not excuse us for getting it worse.
It *does* mean we have an opportunity, *if* we can get it right. And, given CPAN, we *can* get it right. All we need to do is send the right patch to the core maintainers, and convince them it's right. Alternatively, we could produce a module, and convince them to have the normal build process include that in a location that will normally get loaded in as core (maybe as sort of a 'usecorecustomize'ish type thing.)
The ideal solution would not only tell them it's not apparently installed, it would optionally probe using a local system tool like mlocate to see if it's merely installed elsewhere, and it would optionally prompt them to go to CPAN to get it.