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authorÆvar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <avarab@gmail.com>2010-09-24 20:00:52 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>2010-09-27 19:37:41 (GMT)
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perl: bump the required Perl version to 5.8 from 5.6.[21]
Formalize our dependency on perl 5.8, bumped from 5.6.[12]. We already used the three-arg form of open() which was introduced in 5.6.1, but t/t9700/test.pl explicitly depended on 5.6.2. However git-add--interactive.pl has been failing on the 5.6 line since it was introduced in v1.5.0-rc0~12^2~2 back in 2006 due to this open syntax: sub run_cmd_pipe { my $fh = undef; open($fh, '-|', @_) or die; return <$fh>; } Which when executed dies on "Can't use an undefined value as filehandle reference". Several of our tests also fail on 5.6 (even more when compiled with NO_PERL_MAKEMAKER=1): t2016-checkout-patch.sh t3904-stash-patch.sh t3701-add-interactive.sh t7105-reset-patch.sh t7501-commit.sh t9700-perl-git.sh Our code is bitrotting on 5.6 with no-one interested in fixing it, and pinning us to such an ancient release of Perl is keeping us from using useful features introduced in the 5.8 release. The 5.6 series is now over 10 years old, and the 5.6.2 maintenance release almost 7. 5.8 on the other hand is more than 8 years old. All the modern Unix-like operating systems have now upgraded to it or a later version, and 5.8 packages are available for old IRIX, AIX Solaris and Tru64 systems. Signed-off-by: Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <avarab@gmail.com> Acked-by: Tor Arntsen <tor@spacetec.no> Acked-by: Randal L. Schwartz <merlyn@stonehenge.com> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>
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@@ -67,10 +67,10 @@ Issues of note:
- A POSIX-compliant shell is required to run many scripts needed
for everyday use (e.g. "bisect", "pull").
- - "Perl" is needed to use some of the features (e.g. preparing a
- partial commit using "git add -i/-p", interacting with svn
- repositories with "git svn"). If you can live without these, use
- NO_PERL.
+ - "Perl" version 5.8 or later is needed to use some of the
+ features (e.g. preparing a partial commit using "git add -i/-p",
+ interacting with svn repositories with "git svn"). If you can
+ live without these, use NO_PERL.
- "openssl" library is used by git-imap-send to use IMAP over SSL.
If you don't need it, use NO_OPENSSL.