Subject: perl package questions
To: None <>
From: Johnny C. Lam <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 05/20/2001 16:30:14
I'm working on an update of the perl package to 5.6.1.  I'd like to
get some feedback on one of the goals we are trying to achieve in
pkgsrc with respect to perl:

(*) Do we want _all_ of pkgsrc to always build correctly regardless of
    the version of perl5 installed?

Okay, _all_ the perl packages is hard, but doable, but it'd be better
if some small subset of the perl packages required the latest version
of perl.  The ones I have in mind are p5-Data-Dumper, p5-Devel-Peek,
p5-Devel-DProf, and p5-CGI.  For these packages, I'd like to turn them
into empty packages that just depend on perl-5.6.1 as they're
distributed as part of the main Perl library now.  All of the other
perl packages will still be buildable with perl-5.00404 installed.
Would this be okay?  It seems like a maintenance headache to keep
ripping out those modules from the base perl library into separate
modules just because perl-5.00404 didn't have them in its base
library.  As other perl modules get absorbed into future releases, I'd
like to turn them into placeholders as well.



     -- Johnny C. Lam <>
        Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University