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Re^4: Stop suggesting to upgrade perl

by Tux (Abbot)
on Sep 04, 2013 at 07:58 UTC ( #1052244=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Stop suggesting to upgrade perl
in thread Stop suggesting to upgrade perl

Only 18? I test Text::CSV_XS with all supported perl versions ever released, both in threaded and unthreaded version on as many OS's as I have access to. That is currently over 120 builds and tests before I release.

External USB-drives work well for that purpose. I think in now has over 150 versions of perl installed for my laptop architecture.

What you did not mention however might be way more important with CPAN modules: testing on different architectures and operating systems. What works well on Linux is not guaranteed to work on Windows, NetBSD, HP-UX, AIX, MacOSX, AIX, or OpenVMS. What works well on i686 might not work on ia64, pa-risc, risc, or arm. It is impossible for CPAN authors to test every version of perl in any possible configuration on every supposedly supported OS and version thereof for there to be released module. Feedback is vital. CPANTESTERS is a big help, but no guarantee.

Next time when you hit a bug, consider doing some analysis yourself and post a patch in your RT ticket, so the author is able to improve portability.

Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

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