On Sat, Aug 11, 2001 at 02:31:47PM -0400, Kirrily Robert wrote:
> Ask wrote:
> >On Thu, 9 Aug 2001, Kirrily Robert wrote:
> >
> >[...]
> >> =head2 The role of CPAN
> >>
> >> Will CPAN's role remain unchanged?  Will there be a separate space for
> >> Perl 6 modules (6PAN)?
> >>
> >> If we do want to make changes to CPAN then Perl 6 gives us an
> >> opportunity for a "flag day" if we need one.  OK, not an actually flag
> >> *day*, but at least a point where we can say "Things are different for
> >> Perl 6" and to hell with backwards compatibility ;)

No. Larry has said quite clearly that backwards compatibility is very important.
There will be no flag day.

> >Eh, that doesn't sound like something we want to do for quite a few
> >years.
> What makes you say that?  I can imagine a number of scenarios in which
> we decide to do things differently for Perl 6, which could mean that
> lots of Perl 5 modules don't come across cleanly and must be rewritten.

If it's "must" then Perl 6 has not met it's self-declared goals. I doubt
very much that'll happen.

> One very simple example is if we required each module to have $VERSION.

There will be ways round that, and most if not all other issues.


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