SPUG: 5.6.1 vs. 5.005
cmeyer at helvella.org
Tue Sep 18 11:41:26 CDT 2001
On Tue, Sep 18, 2001 at 08:20:39AM -0700, Benjamin Franks wrote:
> Perhaps this question is outdated, but I recently migrated one of
> my boxes from Linux2.4.x to FreeBSD4.3. I had been using
> perl5.6.1 flawlessly for quite some time now, but FreeBSD4.3
> still relies on 5.005. My programs and the CPAN modules I use
> compile fine under 5.005.
> However, I'm wondering if there are any signficant
> performance/implementation differences between 5.005 and 5.6.1 that
> would motivate me to upgrade to 5.6.1. Anyone know if 5.6.1 performs
> better, uses resources better, or something like that?
There are no significant improvements between Perl 5.005 and 5.6.1.
The developers did that work just for fun. Just kidding.
perldoc perldelta # for more information
There are numerous bug and security fixes in 5.6.1. I'd hardly expect
5.6.1 to be any faster (slower if anything), but the fixes alone are
worth it. Also, you'll definitely want to start using lvalue subs
in your code. ;-)
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