How soon is perl-5.8.7 coming? Freeze for test3 is coming April
so if we want perl-5.8.7 in we need upgrade it, test and fix all
dependencies and prove that it doesn't cause widespread problems by the
I don't think perl 5.8.7 will be released in time.
In February Nicholas Clark (the current perl 5.8 pumpkin manager)
announced the release was imminent
Last month (2005-03-31) I send him an email requesting furthert
information and he replied that he expected to release it in the
next three weeks and until now I haven't seen no new developments
(emails, snapshots, RCs) in the perl5-porters mailing list.
It is highly unlikely we will be able to upgrade to perl-5.8.7 after
test3 unless the change is really only minor. How large of a difference
is it between 5.8.6 and 5.8.7? It maintains binary compat right? Any
other potential issues?
Perl 5.8.7 shouldn't have new features, only bug corrections and
core modules updates (eg: Time::HiRes, CGI, ...).
It is expected to maintain binary compat (all major perl versions
do that - 5.6 and 5.8; perl 5.8.1 being the exception).
José Pedro Oliveira
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