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

sthaug at nethelp.no sthaug at nethelp.no
Sat Jan 29 23:58:34 PST 2005

> > 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.
> What purpose does this serve?  To keep the base system clean?  I'm not
> convinced that having just a few (2?) symlinks in /usr/bin will
> "pollute" the base system, but it does save having to modify
> potentially thousands of scripts.  Isn't the latter *much* more
> expensive?

Agreed. Removing perl symlinks in /usr/bin is an incredibly bad idea.

Steinar Haug, Nethelp consulting, sthaug at nethelp.no

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