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Re^2: 2021 is the year to drop support for Perl < 5.12?

by Tux (Canon)
on Dec 11, 2020 at 11:56 UTC ( #11124993=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: 2021 is the year to drop support for Perl < 5.12?
in thread 2021 is the year to drop support for Perl < 5.12?

// was standard in 5.10 and available in 5.8.x with a series of patches, so that one is not the best reason to require 5.12 (instead of 5.10).

Using my version of perlver-fast:

$ perlver-fast -ve '$a //= 10' -e: 5.010 / 5.010 5.010 //= operator

Whatever the reasoning behind a minimal requirement is, as long as the argumentation is good enough, it is acceptable.

Dropping support for alder perl releases does not mean that the releases of a module that are available on CPAN (and BackPAN) suddenly stop working.

If raising the minimal supported version of perl (for whatever reason) raises the quality as that increases test coverage, I won't object.

A reason not to raise that bar is if your module is way up-river, and thus also raises the minimal supported perl version to all the modules that require yours. Just something to consider.

Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

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Re^3: 2021 is the year to drop support for Perl < 5.12?
by tobyink (Canon) on Dec 11, 2020 at 13:40 UTC

    Last paragraph is why I'm proposing making 5.12 into more of a soft limit than a hard one. I'll be dropping automated testing on Perl 5.10 and below, but in most cases not deliberately killing off support.

    For Exporter::Tiny and Type::Tiny, I guess it's worth still keeping explicit support for older Perls.

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