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

Holger Kipp hk at alogis.com
Sun Jan 30 02:47:35 PST 2005

On Sat, Jan 29, 2005 at 10:51:37PM -0700, Scott Long wrote:
> 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'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.

It violates POLA on 5-STABLE, and it will violate POLA on 6-CURRENT,
especially as most perl programmers assume /usr/bin/perl to be the
correct path. 

We had enough good arguments against this change already, so imho
the correct thing to do is do just what Kris asked for: remove the
_dangling_ symlinks.

Holger Kipp

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