On Thu, Feb 21, 2002 at 03:01:06PM +0000, Russell Matbouli mentioned:
> > busted up systems by blindly letting it upgrade every package it feels
> > like, because it wasn't that obvious how to stop it.
> I think the 'busted up'ness you talk about was a bug in CPAN.pm that
> came with perl 5.6.0. It would try to upgrade perl to 5.6.1 in order to
> upgrade CPAN.pm. The way around this was (is) to upgrade CPAN manually.
> You shouldn't let this taint your views on perl. Seeing some beginners
> code might taint your views though ;)
Well, actually it was a "simple" contract to finish off some software
that had been started in Perl. It was ... atrocious would not be an unkind
word. It took two weeks to spot some judicious use of the default variable
(yes, for people that don't know perl, it supports natural language ideas
like context-sensitive scope). Then ensued pain & suffering.
I'm still scarred.
John Looney Chief Scientist
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