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

Jeremy Messenger mezz7 at cox.net
Sat Jan 29 13:29:05 PST 2005

On Sat, 29 Jan 2005 21:24:25 +0100, Anton Berezin <tobez at FreeBSD.org>  

> 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.

Please create an option to allow us install Perl with the symlinks in  
/usr/bin/. I ain't going to edit all third-party Perl files. I do agree  
for ports shouldn't touch in /usr/bin/, but as for Perl it's special that  
has been in /usr/bin/ for years.


> 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.
> Please respect Reply-To.
> Thank you,
> \Anton.

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