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Wow! Painful upgrade to Perl 5.12by ack (Deacon)
|on May 18, 2010 at 17:13 UTC||Need Help??|
A few days ago I decided to "bite the bullet" and upgrade from my workhorse Perl 5.8 to 5.10. I discovered that ActiveState had v5.12 and I thought...Wow!...bonus!
I have upgraded through three major release upgrades of Perl over the past several years and it has been painless and straightforward. I had resisted this upgrade due to an erronious understanding of my IDE which I thought had hard-wired itself to specific versions of Perl. But doing some research and thinking about it logically (I'm not known for that kind of "good practie") I realized that the IDE doesn't care what version of Perl, it only cares about where to look and what the executable's name is.
So, excited by a lot of what I'd heard and read about the newer versions of Perl I did the upgrade. It was as painless as deleting the old version and installing the new one and my IDE just keeps on cranking along.
I thought "Wow! This is terrific! Wish I had done this earlier."
Then all the world began to crumble. I discovered, after reading the upgrade Readme file that I would have to reload all my CPAN modules...all 547 of them! So I spent almost 3 days grinding my way through THAT process. At the conclusion I thought "OK, I only had a few CPAN modules in the past so I guess that's a bit of the price I have to pay for becoming a more prolific CPAN user (but I've come to love my CPAN modules!)." Seems like there should be a more automated way to do it. But I didn't have the energy or will to build my own automated approach in Perl so I just chalked it up to fate and was grateful I had gotten it done...even it was manually.
Then more and more of my scripts began failing. I thought "What's going on?" I did a bit more researching and discovered that many of the CPAN modules can't work with 5.10 or later! Apparently, in particular, it is true for many of MY scripts!
I keep getting error messages of (I paraphrase) "Can't find Perl59.dll..." which is an indication that a module (as far as my research tells me) needs the old Perl 5.8. At first I thought it was because I had some how missed re-intalling the particluar modules. The error messages didn't tell me which modules, so I just presumed that it is at least one of the modules in that script's use invocations. So I just re-did the re-installs for all of that cript's modules.
That did, indeed, at first seem to remedy the problem.
But then more and more of my scripts kept failing even afeter I did the module re-install. And I have yet to get them to work.
So, long story short, I am completely disenchanted with the upgrade and am about to get rid of it and go back to 5.8.
I do almost all of my module installations using ActiveState's Perl Package Manager (PPM) on my Widnows XP system because it is genearlly the simplest and easiest approach. I occasionally have used the CPAN installer and have even less frequently done the installs mannually using nmake.
I'm not looking for any advice; but I am really frustrated as I was looking forward to exploring some of the really neat features of the newest versions. I'm disappointed that apparently that is just not going to be possible.
ack Albuquerque, NM