perl 5.8.5

Ryan Newman ryannewman47 at
Wed Oct 6 11:52:05 PDT 2004

>From: Rainer Duffner <rainer at>
>To: "Ryan Newman" <ryannewman47 at>
>CC: current at
>Subject: Re: perl 5.8.5
>Date: Wed, 06 Oct 2004 20:41:25 +0200
>Ryan Newman wrote:
>>I just installed the 5.3 beta-7 and noticed that perl 5.8.5 was installed. 
>>Perl 5.8 breaks a lot of the complex applications that I need to run why 
>>not stay with perl 5.6 which is more stable for applications ?
>PERL 5.8 was "promoted" to standard quite some time ago.
>Also, the first thing I usually do after installing FreeBSD is cvsup and 
>install perl-5.8 ...
>RT needs 5.8, and I think spamassassin is also working better with 5.8.
>Is there actually anything that doesn't work with 5.8 but does work with 

The biggest problem is that 5.8 defaults to unicode support which ends up 
breaking a lot of complex applications.  I know that linux has shifted from 
5.6 to 5.8 and this has caused a lot of people problems on thel linux 

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