SPUG: 5.6.1 vs. 5.005

Matt Tucker tuck at whistlingfish.net
Tue Sep 18 21:15:38 CDT 2001

-- Benjamin Franks <benjamin at golly.com> spake thusly:

> Perhaps this question is outdated, but I recently migrated one of my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?

One of the biggest incentives for me is that 5.6 handles dying with
objects instead of just strings, which allows for true exception
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