[HEADS UP] perl symlinks in /usr/bin will be gone

Fred Condo fred at tincture.us
Sat Jan 29 16:40:11 PST 2005

On Jan 29, 2005, at 12:58 PM, Kris Kennaway wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 29, 2005 at 09:24:25PM +0100, Anton Berezin wrote:
>> Unless I hear too many cries "don't do that" (with justification), I
>> plan to not create any perl symlinks in /usr/bin in the forthcoming
>> upgrade of both lang/perl5.8 (to 5.8.6) and lang/perl5 (to 5.6.2).  
>> This
>> will ONLY be true for FreeBSD 5.X and FreeBSD CURRENT;  the existing
>> pollution of /usr/bin will still be performed for older versions of
>> FreeBSD, if requested via use.perl script.
>> In practical terms this will mean a one-time sweep of your scripts in
>> order to convert them, in a typical case, from #! /usr/bin/perl to
>> #! /usr/local/bin/perl.
>> CORRECT perl-dependant ports should not be affected.
>> In order to keep pkg-install simple, no old symlink chasing and 
>> removal
>> will be done, although the detailed instructions will be posted in
>> ports/UPDATING and in pkg-message for the ports.
> BTW, this goes beyond what I was asking for, which was just "remove
> the dangling symlinks when the package is deinstalled [because they
> are now nonfunctional]"

It goes beyond that, and it should not. As others have stated, this 
breaks too much for very little benefit. It would be better to 
implement exactly what Kris suggested.

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