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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • IMHO you should definitely support 5.8, since it's the default Perl on the latest (or recent) versions of many distributions. I'm not sure 5.6 is worth the trouble, but then again, I can't think of anything in 5.8 that's radically new (e.g. given/when, dor).
    • I can't think of anything in 5.8 that's radically new (e.g. given/when, dor).

      Working Unicode, more and updated core modules, bugfixes, much better testing....

      • Working Unicode is a bonus if you are dealing with XML as I am.

        However in my situation it's the dependency stack that is a pain, while you can install the dependencies over time on an antique system there comes a time when some of the modules just won't install/upgrade any more. This means that on a brand new 5.6.2 installation it's plain impossible to actually install the dependency stack from CPAN, you have to figure out which older versions of some modules will install and install them one at a time manu

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        -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
        • If you want access to a 5.6.2 system for testing, drop me an email and I'll send you the details for a guest account I have for authors to get at one of my CPAN-testing systems.
          • by ajt (2546) on 2008.06.30 14:21 (#63721) Homepage Journal

            As every thanks for the offer but in the end I got two 5.6 era systems up and running. If I do need access to them what ago of OS are they running? My 5.6.x systems are by their nature antique.

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            -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
            • Debian 4.0. I could also build it on FreeBSD 6.2 and OS X 10.4 if you need. I believe that all of those are now the last-but-one version.