David Evans devans at
Fri Jul 18 15:21:48 PDT 2014

On 7/18/14 3:14 PM, Mojca Miklavec wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 11:57 PM, Brandon Allbery wrote:
>> On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM, Mojca Miklavec wrote:
>>> In my opinion it doesn't really make sense to use the last number to
>>> install the modules or at least it's not "compatible" with the way
>> The problem with this is that XS-based modules can in fact be incompatible
>> between minor versions. Only pure-Perl modules are safe to install the way
>> you want.
> When I last asked for a trivial bugfix (which lead to broken modules)
> for 5.16, the developers claimed that they couldn't easily patch it
> because it would break backwards compatilibily of ABI between 5.16.x
> and 5.16.y.
> And assuming that there are indeed problems with XS-based modules,
> MacPorts currently doesn't do anything at all to address that problem.
> I guess that revbumping the port after such an incompatibility gets
> discovered would solve the problem? And I guess that even if such an
> incompatibility exists now, the latest perl would still happily load
> the old module in the old path (and crash?).
> So I don't see the difference at all (between current approach and my
> attempt) even if what you say is true. The only difference is actually
> that a bunch of ports (and nobody knows which these ports are) link
> against
>     /opt/local/lib/perl5/5.18.2/darwin-thread-multi-2level/CORE/libperl.dylib
> and when Perl 5.18 gets a new release, all such ports will stop
> working until they are revbumped.
> But it's also true that what I tried to do isn't officially supported
> by Perl packagers. If I asked for help people suggested me to use
> perlbrew. (Which doesn't really seem the suitable answer in our
> context.)
> Mojca
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I suggest you put it back the way it was for now so that all the perl
versions work
the same.  I think that's what the port group is expecting.


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