Also, higher optimization levels may start trading off time for space, which might make someone still running Perl on an old VAX angry.
Who is interested in an old VAX? ;-)
But now that you mention it:
-rwxr-xr-x 2 root root 11588 2004-11-17 09:49 /opt/perl-5.8.0_t/bin/perl
-rwxr-xr-x 2 root root 1213952 2004-11-17 09:49 /usr/local/bin/perl
Which looks really weird for me in the first case.
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