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Re^2: Stop suggesting to upgrade perl

by tobyink (Abbot)
on Sep 03, 2013 at 08:34 UTC ( #1052034=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Stop suggesting to upgrade perl
in thread Stop suggesting to upgrade perl

That the toolchain is switching to 5.8.1+ does not mean that people on 5.6 will no longer be able to install anything from CPAN. ExtUtils::MakeMaker has been bundled with every release of Perl 5, and the version that comes pre-installed with 5.6.x (EUMM 5.45 for Perl 5.6.(0|1) and EUMM 6.17 for 5.6.2) won't suddenly stop working.

If a Makefile.PL doesn't use any whizzy new EUMM features, it can thus happily continue to run on Perl 5.6. Even if it does; EUMM 6.72 can be downloaded and installed on Perl 5.6.x with no problems (perhaps EUMM 6.74 too, but no successful reports on CPAN testers yet).

So even though the toolchain is dropping Perl 5.6 support, people will be able to continue installing CPAN modules on Perl 5.6, provided module authors make the effort to support versions of Perl that old. The toolchain EOL is not the death-knell for Perl 5.6.

Personally there are very few of my CPAN releases I make the effort to support Perl 5.6 on. Type-Tiny and PerlX-Maybe are amongst them.

use Moops; class Cow :rw { has name => (default => 'Ermintrude') }; say Cow->new->name


Comment on Re^2: Stop suggesting to upgrade perl
Re^3: Stop suggesting to upgrade perl
by Tux (Monsignor) on Sep 03, 2013 at 12:21 UTC

    You are absolutely right. I also try to support 5.6.x for some of my modules. (I dropped 5.005_04 not too long ago for Text::CSV_XS). What you will see however, is that some modules will require new TESTING features, like Test::More's done_testing and subtests. These might require new(er) build tools and the snowball starts rolling.

    I never stated that 5.6 would not be able to install new CPAN stuff, but that one should be aware that it will/might not work out of the box for many CPAN updates in the (near) future.


    Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

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