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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • While working on a 5.8.0 threading experiment I had the idea to test my program under Windows, figuring that it might uncover some unportable assumptions in my use of threads. So I headed over to ActiveState.com only to discover that ActivePerl isn't running 5.8.0 yet. Next stop, CPAN/ports, where I encountered a similar situation. Shouldn't we provide a pre-built binary of 5.8.0 for Windows? I'm sure I'm not alone in running my Windows systems without a compiler installed!

    If there's a general lesson

    • Shouldn't we provide a pre-built binary of 5.8.0 for Windows?

      Ahhh, okay. Let's clear one misconception away: we (as we the CPAN) don't provide any of the builds. Other people do. Either via their PAUSE accounts, or external sites, or in some rare cases CPAN hosts a copy of a binary directly under the CPAN/ports/ (usually when the user does not have the disk space or a public server to host the binary themselves).

      In other words: the Ports is a metaservice.

      In other words: Win32 Perl 5.8.0 will a