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Bug#619117: [jesse@fsck.com: Perl 5.14.0 Release Candidate 1]

On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 09:01:30PM +0300, Damyan Ivanov wrote:
> -=| Dominic Hargreaves, Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 01:16:04PM +0100 |=-
> > I wonder whether this is the time to give up with the perl 5.12
> > transition and make a start on the perl 5.14 one proper. I still think
> > that the best route would be to go via perl 5.12, so people have a
> > chance to see deprecation warnings for a bit before things break in 
> > perl 5.14
> I wonder if this is that important. As it seems, 5.12 (and its 
> deprecation warnings) will be skipped for people upgrading from 
> squeeze to wheezy anyway.
> Just a thought.

This is true, but it still seems kinder for maintainers of perl-related
packages to get a chance for their packages to get some use under
perl 5.12 before pulling the rug under them, as it were. Yes, we
probably won't catch a large number of stable-only users, but should
get a fair amount of coverage even so.

One other aspect is that we can't really predict with any certainty
when perl 5.14 packages will be ready. It would really suck to be shipping
wheezy with perl 5.10... (yes, this is an extreme case and I don't think
that would be very likely, but that helps illustrate why my gut instinct
is still to go for a perl 5.12 transition before a perl 5.14 transition).

Dominic Hargreaves | http://www.larted.org.uk/~dom/
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