Perl 5.10?

Robert Huff roberthuff at
Fri Dec 26 13:48:35 UTC 2008

Jerry <gesbbb at> writes:

>  Are ports being tied to specific versions of Perl? I did some
>  Googling and found that of the users that have installed Perl
>  from source on FBSD, most were not experiencing any major
>  problem. If every time Perl is updated it will require massive
>  changes or whatever to the FBSD ports, then perhaps there is a
>  fundamental flaw in the ports system to start with.

	There is no requirement any port use Perl.
	Many do.
	There is no requiremment that any Perl-using port use a
particular version.
	Many - I would guess most - do, at least to the extent of
requiring the same major version (e.g. 5.x).  There are 63 instances
of USE_PERL5 in ports/textproc alone.
	I'm not a major direct Perl user, but I remember the jumps
from 5.0 to 5.6 and from 5.6 to 5.8.  Both required the testing of
every affected port, and as I remember it problems were discovered
in both the ports and in the new Perl itself.

				Robert Huff

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