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I use my laptop as test environment. When all (upgrades) pass on production/utility software, I upgrade my workstation. If that shows no problems after a few weeks, I start upgrading other production servers.

So I installed 5.18.0 on my laptop as default perl, and then tried to install all CPAN modules I ever used in 5.16.x

There are just a few things that stand out as a reason for FAILure:

  • Test files that use for $foo qw( ) { which is now deprecated. The module autor should rewrite that to for $foo (qw( )) {. I filed RT tickets for all I encountered. Lets hope the authors will fix their code.
  • POD failures. As the POD checker is now way stricter than the old version was, it shows more real trouble. And it should! The problem is that many authors ship the pod tests too, so the test suite will fail if Test::Pod and friends are installed, and thus cpan won't install those modules. That means manual work ignoring the pod errors (and when obvious file RT tickets). Authors: unless you keep in sync with reality and release often, please do not include pod tests in you distribution.
  • Loads of warnings when a module uses given/when as those are now marked experimental. I can ignore the warnings when testing, but will they fill up my logs when run in production code? When the module also uses Test::NoWarnings, one cannot install. A module like MooseX::App now won't install, and it causes many other modules that have this as a prerequisite to fail too.
  • XS authors that never updated ppport.h from Devel::PPPort. Easy to fix.
  • Modules that use Module::Install but ship ancient or incomplete versions of it in inc. The easiest solution for me was to just recursively remove inc/ and all problems vanish. I have no tuits to RT all of them.
  • Several modules fail because they declare optional deps that are actually hard deps, like using JSON::XS, Lexical::Sub or Data::Alias - which won't build under 5.18.0
  • Test failures, or maybe even code failures, due to hash randomization. Unless I am absolutely sure that the test is wrong, I cannot install these modules.
  • Some failures have been reported to the authors but the available fix has not (yet) been applied (like in Template::Toolkit RT#84778) or not yet released (Tk and SQL::Statement). When their repository is open, they build fine from the repo and I am confident the next release will build fine.

The message is: perl-5.18.0 is awesome, but please please test the module you require before starting the installation on machines other than a test environment.

Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

In reply to What is the impact of 5.18.0? by Tux

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