Circumstance leading up to removal of perl from base?

DAve dave.list at
Sat Jun 21 00:06:53 UTC 2008

Dan Mahoney, System Admin wrote:
> Hello all,
> I know it was a long time ago, but I was talking with a co-worker about 
> why perl was removed from the base in v5 -- I seem to recall a 
> discussion on some mailing list about either the number of arguments or 
> the format of the arguments and/or output of a base perl function having 
> changed between 5.005 and 5.6.1.
> Thing is, that's a very vague thing to try to google for, and I can't 
> seem to find it.  Are there any old-timers who remember the system call 
> in question?
> Please let me know,

IIRC it was removed for other reasons. I seem to remember that it was 
problematic as few used the base perl, most used the port build which 
was often installed as a dependency anyway. I viewed it as a good thing 
as I always ended up installing a module or two, or six, from ports.

No unused perl install, no issues with software getting confused about 
which perl to run, no need for... what was that command to use the port 
perl instead of the base perl? I cannot remember anymore.


Don't tell me I'm driving the cart!

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