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Date:      Wed, 21 Jan 2009 08:57:37 -0500
From:      William Gordon Rutherdale <>
Subject:   Re: Perl: Why not updated to latest version 5.10.0
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In-Reply-To: <20090121063401.23e8de5b@scorpio>
References:  <20090121063401.23e8de5b@scorpio>

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As a newcomer to freebsd and a long time Perl user, this was one of the 
first things I noticed.  5.8.8 as distributed on freebsd 7.1 is 
extremely old.


Jerry wrote:
> I was wondering if anyone can tell me why Perl was not updated to the
> latest stable release; i.e. 5.10.0 rather than 5.8.9 recently? It
> appears that some ports are having problems with this odd version
> update; i.e., "/news/inn" and possibly "/mail/mailscanner" as examples.
> With the latest version of Perl having been released over a year ago,
> it doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to waste the time to port
> an older version.

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