On Wed, Mar 31, 1999 at 12:02:00PM -0800, Darren/Torin/Who Ever... wrote: > -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- > > Zephaniah E. Hull, in an immanent manifestation of deity, wrote: > >The problem is that the upstream perl maintainers have proven that we > >can NOT count on perl5.006 being compatible with perl5.005 in any > >major way.. > > There are still major programs that will work without change between > versions. I know this because I have an 8K line project that works > with both 5.004_04 and 5.005_0. There needs to be a way for > people to depend/recommend/suggest Perl without worrying about a > version. Hmmm, after some thought (and some asking of the perl grues) I think you are right, however we do need to be careful.. > > >> My current plan is to implement perl-thread in the same way that > >> perl-debug is implemented, just with more files. Since I haven't > >> done it yet, I don't know if it will work. We'll see. > > > >I'd much rather see the perl threading stuff done as just another > >perl version, enforcing that different 'major' (5004, 5005) versions > >are /NOT/ to be considered compatible with one another.. > > The compatibility of full releases of Perl (5.004, 5.005) and the > compatibility of Perl threading are orthogonal. Perl threading is > still a rather experimental feature. However it very well may not be come perl5.006, or perl6.000.. :/ Trying to come up with a clean way to specify perl5.004 compatible could be, interesting.. > > >ANYTHING which can't afford to break horribly if /usr/bin/perl points > >to However it very well may not be come perl5.006, or perl6.000.. :/ Trying to come up with a clean way to specify perl5.004 compatible could be, interesting. > >the threaded perl, or some incompatible new version of perl, should > >use some means to be sure that what it uses is something which is > >known good... > > /usr/bin/perl will never, ever point to a threaded Perl through some > package. This would be similar to but worse than it pointing to > perl-debug. Someone will have to specifically do this themselves. > They can then deal with that world of pain themselves. This is a rather hazardous claim, even more so if the threaded perl becomes standard.. (=:] > > Darren Zephaniah E. Hull. -- PGP EA5198D1-Zephaniah E. Hull <firstname.lastname@example.org>-GPG E65A7801 Keys available at http://whitestar.soark.net/~warp/public_keys. CCs of replies from mailing lists are encouraged.
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