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Re: Perl version 5.8.6

by etcshadow (Priest)
on Dec 06, 2004 at 16:28 UTC ( #412685=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perl version 5.8.6

Well, perl 5.8.6 is perl 5.008... sorta. You see, perl has two different schemes for defining version numbers. In one scheme, it's perl 5.8.6, and in the other, older, scheme, it's 5.008_06, or just 5.008. After perl 5.005 (perl 5.5, if you will), the powers that be shifted the numbering scheme, but for backwards portability, there are still a few things that refer to perl under the old version-numbering scheme.
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Re^2: Perl version 5.8.6
by Koosemose (Pilgrim) on Dec 06, 2004 at 16:33 UTC

    Hmm... good point, I tend to forget about the old numbering scheme, a touch before my time. But if that's the case, then why in the heck is his perl showing the old style? My Windows Perl (activestate) responds in the new style, as does the copy on Linux... kinda strange.

    Just Another Perl Alchemist

      When I try to use threads, I get the following error even after installing the new 5.8.6:

      This Perl hasn't been configured and built properly for the threads module to work. (The 'useithreads' configuration option hasn't been u +sed.) Having threads support requires all of Perl and all of the XS modules +in the Perl installation to be rebuilt, it is not just a question of addi +ng the threads module. (In other words, threaded and non-threaded Perls are binary incompatible.) If you want to the use the threads module, please contact the people who built your Perl. Cannot continue, aborting. BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/lib/perl5/5.8.0/cygwin-multi +-64int/ line 28.

      So if 5.008 is the new perl version, why am I not able to run a threads module?

      Thank you.

        You're going to need to either download a prebuilt that was compiled with threads enabled, or build it from source and enable threads

        Just Another Perl Alchemist

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