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Re: RFC: Bump minimum Perl to 5.18.0 for next major release of both Auto

From: Zack Weinberg
Subject: Re: RFC: Bump minimum Perl to 5.18.0 for next major release of both Autoconf and Automake
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2021 22:27:55 -0500

On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 5:54 PM Karl Berry <> wrote:

I don't know why, but I only received this message today.

>     raise the minimum version requirement for Perl to 5.18.0
> Sounds sensible to me, for the reasons you outlined.
> But, I think it would be wise to give users a way to override the
> requirement, of course with the caveat "don't blame us if it doesn't
> work", unless there are true requirements such that nothing at all would
> work without 5.18.0 -- which seems unlikely (and undesirable, IMHO).
> 2013 is not that long ago, in autotime.
>     don't know what the Automake maintainers' current release schedule
> We (I, at least, and I'm pretty sure it's true for Jim too) have no schedule.
>     looks like but I imagine this would be targeted for 1.17.0,
> I guess we would declare the version making this change as 1.17.0.
> I don't have any other plans that would involve a new minor version.
>     that happens (ideally at about the same time as the Autoconf release
>     making the same change).
> Sounds feasible, since it doesn't sound like it will be especially quick
> (I'm glad). --thanks, karl.

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