[Mimedefang] Failures after upgrade to Perl 5.8.5

Jan-Pieter Cornet johnpc at xs4all.nl
Tue Nov 20 11:49:56 EST 2007


On Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 04:11:32PM +0000, Paul Murphy wrote:
> > Thanks for you comments.
> > Perl 5.8.5-37 was released for RHEL 4.4 on November 5 2007 as far as
> I 
> > am aware.

Aha. I wasn't aware of that backported patch.

> Yes, it is a new patch to a very old base version, with very old
> libraries as part of it.  If you have to run these old versions to avoid
> being outside of the supported version for RedHat, then all of the
> dependencies are your problem, as RH aren't interested in the latest and
> greatest, merely in the most stable version which doesn't break anything
> since their first release of 4.0 several years ago (Feb 2005).
> 
> Your alternatives are to get a newer Perl, or to install the dependent
> libraries yourself.

Part of the problem here is perl itself: the default perl install
comes with a lot of modules, that can be updated via releases on
CPAN. This is particularly troublesome for module maintainers,
because files from "perl" conflict with files from the CPAN modules.

Another problem is the way in which .rpms deal with this conflict,
or don't deal with it, generally.

Maybe you installed the mimedefang prerequisite perl modules by hand,
instead of via your package manager?

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