[Slackbuilds-users] perl-* slackbuild updates

David Spencer baildon.research at googlemail.com
Tue Sep 10 22:11:01 UTC 2013

Heinz wrote:
> perl has CPAN
> python has easy_install
> php has pear/pecl
> ruby has gem
> ...

... Firefox, Chrome, Libreoffice, Gimp, qgis, dokuwiki ... every one a
different plugin mechanism, every one a configuration management
nightmare.  And now, O Joy!! we have the Lennart Crapplet to look
forward to.

Using pkgtools for everything has simplicity, familiarity,
scriptability, repeatability, testability, scalability and
recoverability.  But not futility or senility ;-)

Thomas wrote:
> The traditional SBo approach for packaging modules works fine as long as
> you don't need more than a dozen. Beyond that it gets interesting. There
> are good, yet complex modules like Catalyst or Dancer2 that have 50 or
> more dependencies.

I'd be happy if 'make test' was removed from the Perl template.  It's
a frequent cause of complex dependencies and bogus failures.  It
promises more QA than it delivers.

Interestingly, TeX's CTAN, which has similar granularity to CPAN, went
the other way and ended up with the 1.4Gb monolith that is Tex Live.
(Thanks, Robby!)


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