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

Scott Long scottl at freebsd.org
Sat Jan 29 21:51:40 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.
> 
> 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.

I'm fine with this plan for 6-CURRENT.  For 5-STABLE, it's a major
user-visible change, and that is something that we promised to avoid
with stable branches.

Scott


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