[Melbourne-pm] Who's using Perl 5.10?

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Thu Jun 12 21:38:44 PDT 2008

On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 01:29:34PM +1000, Jacinta Richardson wrote:
> There are lots of good reasons to use Perl 5.10
> (http://www.perlfoundation.org/perl5/index.cgi?why_you_should_upgrade_to_perl_5_10
> ), but who's managed to get it on to their personal machine? development
> machines? testing?  production?

$ dpkg -l perl
| Status=Not/Inst/Cfg-files/Unpacked/Failed-cfg/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name           Version        Description
ii  perl           5.10.0-10      Larry Wall's Practical Extraction and Report

running it on most machines for the last few weeks, personal,
development, & production.

haven't noticed any incompatibilities or problems.  is running fine.

there were a few hassles during the transition (i.e. when not all perl
module packages had been rebuilt for perl 5.10) but that was weeks
ago...and dealing with it was mostly a matter of Holding important
module packages and delaying the upgrade until the module packages had
been rebuilt (and even then it was mostly just the handful of modules
that weren't pure perl that needed recompiling)


ps: to Scott - that's what apt-get is for. no need to have a system
package of old perl and the new version in /usr/local. just install the
latest packages. if you're running debian etch rather than lenny or
sid, then backports.org might have 5.10 for etch. if not, download the
debianised perl source for 5.10 and build your own backport.

craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>

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