[Bioperl-l] Thoughts on some test reorganization

Chris Fields cjfields at illinois.edu
Mon Nov 17 00:30:30 EST 2008


I think we should support 5.8.1 as a minimum but drop support for perl  
5.6 and below.

The perl devs are pushing on 5.10 pretty heavily, with 5.10.1 due  
within 6-12 months.  Parrot development (and perl6 along with it) is  
actually progressing rapidly enough I wouldn't be surprised to see a  
decently working perl 6 alpha implementation within a year's time (see  
latest timeline here: http://use.perl.org/~chromatic/journal/37889).   
bioperl6 anyone?

Note: dropping support for 5.6 may not mean that bioperl wouldn't work  
with 5.6.x; it has been actively tested on it over the years.  It can  
easily mean 'we will no longer make fixes to deal with backporting  
issues to 5.6'.  However, I suggest we make the min 5.8 requirement  
explicit.  The latest perl 5.6 release is just over 5 years old.

Completely OT, but I wouldn't be surprised if OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)  
ships with 5.10, just haven't seen anything to confirm that yet.


On Nov 16, 2008, at 9:43 PM, Hilmar Lapp wrote:

> On Nov 16, 2008, at 9:34 PM, Chris Fields wrote:
>> 5.8.x is about to be 'end-of-lifed'
> Interesting. 5.8.x is the version of Perl for Mac OSX Leopard (and  
> Tiger, too) - I don't see the need to support it going away any time  
> soon.
> 	-hilmar
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