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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • You can't just go flying through the 'sh Configure' like you can with x86.

    It's notable (and frustrating) that none of the Linux vendors who sell and support x86_64, and ship Perl on it, have sent any patches upstream for Configure, so that we can incorporate whatever change they feel is the most appropriate to solve these problems. They're the experts on Linux on x86_64, not us.

  • Nicholas++.

    I have always wondered how we (perl maintainers) most of the time needed/need to go and hunt down the people at various UNIX/Linux people and hold them upside down and shake until they submit their changes back to us. It would be so much easier for *them* to feed the changes back so that they don't need to maintain them.

    There are some notable exceptions: e.g. OpenBSD, Solaris, Mac OS X, where the people have been very good, proactive and communicated back (and forth) with the perl maintainers.
  • Once you have things working with x86_64, please do send a note to perl5-porters@perl.org of the changes you needed.
    • Will do Jarkko, thanks for the feedback. I didn't have to do too much different, but I've cut my teeth on a few x86_64 headaches before, so some of it may seem obvious to me. I remember it was a lot harder the first time I used 64bit.
      • Well, *64-bit* as such has of course worked with Perl for, oh, more than six years now :-)