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

Edwin Groothuis edwin at mavetju.org
Sat Jan 29 15:53:34 PST 2005

On Sat, Jan 29, 2005 at 10:17:47PM +0100, Anton Berezin wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 29, 2005 at 10:09:05PM +0100, Oliver Lehmann wrote:
> > Anton Berezin wrote:
> > 
> > > 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.
> > 
> > Wouldn't that break most of the 3rd party scripts out in the world?
> Yes, hence the HEADS UP with a possibility to back off if people really
> sure it is a bad idea.

With the removal of perl from the base-system, they put something
in place to make sure that the installed version from the ports
collection would be a drop-in replacement and that no functionality
would be removed. It all worked like a charm.

Be pragmatic, a little bit pollution (a handfull of symlinks only,
not even real files) gives you the flexibility to run whatever Perl
version you want.

Please don't break it now.

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