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Commits on Sep 27, 2010
  1. @avar

    perl: bump the required Perl version to 5.8 from 5.6.[21]

    avar authored committed
    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/ explicitly depended on 5.6.2.
    However 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
        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):
    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 <>
    Acked-by: Tor Arntsen <>
    Acked-by: Randal L. Schwartz <>
    Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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