I think this is part of the reason why some Perl authors only want to rely upon the "core" modules -- there's a minimum committment from the Perl porters to maintain it.
Alas, even this is not true. Yeterday I spent over an hour tracking down an obscure bug in a script a fellow worker wrote. To make a long story short, the problem was in Switch, a core module. This bug was reported about 3/2004 and is not likely to be fixed anytime soon. I'm not whining here about this - I'm just pointing out that:
- You need to be careful when using modules, even core ones.
- Sometimes bugs are left alone because they are too damn hard to fix. Sad, but true :(
A short thread on p5p starts here.