Perl 5.10?

Kris Kennaway kris at
Fri Dec 26 14:55:02 UTC 2008

Jerry wrote:
> On Fri, 26 Dec 2008 12:45:12 +0000
> Kris Kennaway <kris at> wrote:
> [snip]
>> It is still true that the change from 5.6 to 5.8 was very disruptive 
>> because it broke lots of things in the ports tree.
> Is this the official reason that Perl-5.10 has not been released into
> the ports tree?
> 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.

The issue with 5.8 was that the perl developers made various 
incompatible changes that broke lots of third party software included in 
the ports tree, which all had to be fixed.  I don't know what the issue 
is with 5.10.


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