Should Bugzilla 2.18 require Perl 5.6.1?
justdave at bugzilla.org
Tue May 11 13:33:40 UTC 2004
Jeroen Ruigrok/asmodai wrote:
> -On [20040510 19:52], David Miller (justdave at bugzilla.org) wrote:
>>I've gotten absolutely zero responses from anyone saying they still need
>>Perl 5.6.0 support. We're close enough to releasing 2.18 now, though,
>>I'm going to go ahead and leave the requirement at 5.6.0 for 2.18,
>>however we will be dropping 5.6.0 support (requiring a minimum of at
>>least 5.6.1) for 2.19/2.20.
> Not trying to beat on a dead horse here, so excuse me if I missed
> previous discussions (only now getting back on track with my lists), but
> wouldn't a dependency on 5.8.x not be a better goal? As far as I
> understood it Unicode support is just not what it should be in 5.6.x and
> given the diverse userbase it would seem more interesting to go that
Yes, I really want to do that, too. I remember we got a lot of
resistance when we dropped 5.005 support for 2.18 (2.16 still supports
5.00503). Just remembering that, and knowing that 5.6.1 hasn't
disappeared all that long ago. On the other hand, 2.18 with 5.6.0
support will be around for at least a year, and that's a long time in
the software world, so requiring 5.8 on the trunk probably wouldn't hurt
that bad (people who need earlier can just keep using 2.18).
Although working Unicode support (as much as Bugzilla needs) can be
accomplished with Perl 5.6.1, as long as you don't need to do character
set conversions. But inbound email support will likely require charset
conversions (because we'll need to convert whatever charset the email is
in to Unicode before putting it in the database). Any conversion code
from legacy databases would certainly require 5.8 as well.
Dave Miller Project Leader, Bugzilla Bug Tracking System
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