What versions of perl are we supporting?
Michael G Schwern
schwern at pobox.com
Mon Sep 10 00:47:00 BST 2007
Just so I know how far to set the compatibility machine, what versions of Perl
are we trying to support? Here's my vote...
5.4.x series and back: Drop it.
Its been eight years since a 5.4.x release. I don't check Test::More or
MakeMaker on 5.4.5 anymore and I don't get any reports. If you're still using
5.4.x you're not likely to upgrade anything else either.
5.5.x series: 5.5.4 and up
5.5.3 is just Too Damn Old, eight years. It's version of File::Spec (0.6) is
missing critical methods like rel2abs(). There's a perfectly safe upgrade to
5.5.4 (three years old) which has slightly less decrepit modules.
5.6.x series: 5.6.2 and up
5.6.0 was wreck, and seven years old.
5.6.1 slightly less so, and six years old.
5.6.2 is usable.
5.8.x series: 5.8.0 and up
I'd like to say 5.8.2 minimum as 5.8.0 and 5.8.1 have serious issues but
that's mostly about threading and doesn't effect us.
5.10.x series: 5.10.0 and up
Gotta support the latest Perl.
In addition, we need to depend on File::Spec 0.8 which adds rel2abs() which we
use. I'll add that in.
Hating the web since 1994.
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