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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • It would be very handy to have Strawberry add its build version to the list of local patches the way that ActiveState Perl does so that it's easier to find out which version someone is using when they report a problem or from a CPAN Testers report. E.g. from 'perl -V':

    Characteristics of this binary (from libperl):
      Compile-time options: MULTIPLICITY PERL_DONT_CREATE_GVSV
                            PERL_IMPLICIT_CONTEXT PERL_IMPLICIT_SYS
                            PERL_MALLOC_WRAP PL_OP_SLAB_ALLOC USE_ITHREADS
                            USE_LARGE_FILES USE_PERLIO USE_SITECUSTOMIZE
      Locally applied patches:
            ActivePerl Build 1002 [283697]
            32809 Load 'loadable object' with non-default file extension
            32728 64-bit fix for Time::Local
      Built under MSWin32
      Compiled at Jan 10 2008 11:00:53

    Right now, one has to work backwards from the build date, which is a bit annoying.

    -- dagolden

    • I'll see what I can do...

      Apart from the headline "Strawberry Perl 5.10.0.3 [svn version]" is there any format for (not having the) patches?

      Does any code actually parse it? Or can I just say "No patches"

      • I think it's just advisory. As far as I know, nothing parses it. (But I'd ask on #p5p if you want to make sure.) But I think in Oslo, Tux said it was just whatever text you wanted.