Why perl 5.8? My 5.2 machine is running postfix, perl 5.6.1 and amavisd-new
without any trouble at all.
I don't believe that there is anything wrong with perl-5.6.x.
For that matter, I don't feel religious opposition to using the stock perl as shipped with FreeBSD 4.x, but even earlier versions of SpamAssassin recommended using 5.6 or later. SA has a bunch of dependencies on various perl modules (HTML and MIME-handling stuff, mostly), and 5.8 obviously comes with a more recent version of such.
There is some dichotomy between upgrading Perl stuff via CPAN versus via the ports, which is why it might be reasonable for individuals to decide whether they want to follow the Perl archive directly or wait for the ports to be tested and updates committed.
PS: I don't have the port version of perl installed on most of my FreeBSD systems, but I do have 5.8 installed on everything which is running SpamAssassin. Aside from an issue circa SA-2.6.1_2? or so where the Subject: header rewriting stopped working until the port was upgraded again (I think someone else mentioned this, too), SA+perl-5.8 has been working well. YMMV.
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