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

Phil Kernick Phil at Kernick.org
Sat Jan 29 15:22:44 PST 2005

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.

I have to vote no on this.  This will fundamentally break a majority of 
systems, for no well defined reason.  The clean removal of a single symlink 
does not justify the pain it will create.

If you want to do this in 6-CURRENT, then fine, but leave 5-STABLE alone. 
Think of this as the equivalent of an ABI change we doesn't happen without 
really good reason in STABLE.  This is not a really good reason.


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