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  • I don't put that in mine, but I probably should. Not because I use 5.8-specific features, but because I haven't tested it on anything lower. It's not sufficient to put that in the Makefile.PL, because you don't always make on the same machine as you use.
    • The CPAN testers would soon tell you if it didn't work on 5.8 :)

      I can see it might make a difference if you make on a 5.6 (or other) machine, but in the long run it helps the user if it bombs before getting any further than 'perl Makefile.PL'.

      • Well, as you've noticed by now, this is probably from people running h2xs blindly using the generated module stub. As for the "CPAN testers" idea, I would be mortified if I uploaded a CPAN module and it failed tests. I gots me a reputation to maintain :)

        • A fair point.

          Perhaps mailing the cpan-testers list or the code review list (which has gone quiet these days) with a request to test on other Perls and/or other boxes might be an idea, then sending test reports to the author only. I have certainly attempted it when asked, and similar requests in the past seem to have been met with favourable responses from others. Providing it didn't get overwhelmed of course.

          In the end it comes down to knowing what's out there and how to use it. Whether thats h2xs, the