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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I recently thought of installing Padre on the most recent CentOS (which, in case you didn't know, is a community supported enterprise version of Red Hat Linux). The huge number of modules that need an upgrade is discouraging: it wants to upgrade 24 modules (and install 81 more), even after I already installed Wx.

    The main problem I have with that is that I don't want to change anything in the system Perl, as this is contrary to the spirit of CentOS: don't upgrade anything that is stable, as the upgrade might

    • Often the new modules are needed.

      There's a lot of work "on Padre" that actually goes into various dependencies, resulting in new releases and thus new dependencies.

      The ORLite family alone has gone through 10-20 releases to add embedded database features that Padre needs.

      0.56 was a bit more aggressive than most, since it bumps Module::Build and ExtUtils::MakeMaker to current, had some ORLite upgrades, and a few other minor things.

      Some releases are worse than others, but it's our preference to push development forwards as fast as possible. We don't expect CPAN installers to be our primary userbase, we expect the binary package users to ultimately be that.

      So we make some considerations for downstream packagers, but not for CPAN users.