Noticing Perl stuff along the wire again

Mark Anderson emer at
Fri Apr 4 16:11:52 PDT 2014

I'm with you 100% there. Whatever we do it should be properly planned. Let
me dig though and put together a draft.


Mark E. Anderson <emer at>

On Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM, Joshua Root <jmr at> wrote:

> On 2014-4-5 07:24 , Daniel J. Luke wrote:
> > On Apr 4, 2014, at 1:20 PM, Mark Anderson <emer at> wrote:
> >>
> >> I know we've argued about this time and time again, but Perl issues are
> coming back up it seems. I've started work - admittedly not getting very
> far on the cpan-mp idea. I'm still trying to figure out /base to be honest
> and brush off my Perl-XS skills.
> >
> > do you have anything where someone can look at it?
> >
> > I'd be interested in helping make things better...
> >
> >> I feel like we have had this argument again and again, and I'm loathe
> to start this argument again, but at what point are we going to pull the
> trigger on keeping one perl, deciding to drop old Perls, that kind of
> thing. I can put together a proposal and drop it on the wiki - if that will
> make things easier to decide/pick apart.
> >
> > A wiki page might be a good idea - it seems like there are a few people
> who are strongly opposed to that general plan (keeping just one good perl),
> and that there's been enough inertia to keep things from changing.
> I don't really care what we do with perl as long as it works. I've done
> way more work on the perl ports than I ever wanted to, simply because
> they were broken and stopping other stuff from working.
> There were some changes to perl begun in late 2008 that apparently
> weren't completely planned out and never really got finished. A lot of
> the subsequent work was attempting to fix that mess. So let's not have a
> repeat of that. Whatever we do, let's figure out where we're going
> before we start making changes, think through the impact on users and
> how to minimise it, and make the changes all at once when they're ready
> (ideally in a single commit).
> - Josh
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