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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • When I look in Synaptic Package Manager and select the "perl" package (which has an ubuntu icon next to the checkbox), at the bottom it says "Canonical provides critical updates for perl until May 2010". It says that about other packages like "ubuntu-desktop". Note: ubuntu releases every six months, so presumably updates then. (I just had an update (in intrepid) to perl's package today.)

    I'm not sure how best to go about finding which CPAN modules there are. My attempt used `dpkg -l '*-perl' |cut -d " " -f 3

    • Aha. I use the command line package tools so didn't think of looking there. On this Ubuntu 8.04 Synaptic Package Manager is not helpful enough to tell me that, nor does it offer any clue (such as a mouse over tooltip) on what the untitled column with an Ubuntu icon means. I have to look through all the menu options to find "Icon Legend" on the Help menu, which brings up a dialogue that explains them. At which point I find out that this icon means "supported", but nowhere does it say how long for.

      However, I can then cross reference this with some digging on the Ubuntu website - 8.04 Desktop seems to be supported until 2011, and Server until 2013.

      So that's cool - if you pay them, Canonical will be providing Perl 5.8.x support until 2013. Except, it seems, that it's only for critical bugs, and those are the sort that I'd rather like to learn about before they are part of a coordinated security update from Linux distributions.