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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • It seems that being a Perler does not shield you from the hated that people have for Windows. I recently asked for a module to support Windows and the author put a rant in the change log about how effed up it is. He is doing it, I guess because he wants to support someone using Perl, but he does not like the fact that he has to.
    • As long as he only rants in the changelog but doesn’t refuse to consider the request, I can fully sympathise. Proc::Fork (which I’m herding) causes Perl on Windows to segfault, and I have absolutely no idea how to fix it. I tried a bunch of things and got nowhere, and no one else seems to have any useful suggestions.

      So I can well understand it if people rant in frustration about Windows. (Or for that matter, about any other part of the environment; Unix is generally saner, but it too is software and software is hateful.)

      • So I can well understand it if people rant in frustration about Windows.

        Also, it's not as if there's a legion of Windows Perlers providing patches for these issues. I've asked for several and received approximately none.

        I can't support a platform I don't use, and there's little point in trying to support a platform if its users don't care enough to help.

        • It isn’t even at that point for me. I do have a Windows box to test on now, at least. (That wasn’t the case half a year ago.) Unfortunately that didn’t help – I might have the tools necessary to support the platform, but I still don’t know how to do it. I tried everything I could think of, but none of it worked. At this point there is nothing left I can do but say “Windows is unsupported; patches welcome.”

          Oh, and rant in frustration in the Changelog.