Re: [PATCH] checkpatch: enforce sane perl version

From: Joe Perches
Date: Mon Jul 29 2013 - 16:10:19 EST

On Mon, 2013-07-29 at 13:06 -0700, Dave Hansen wrote:
> From: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> I got a bug report from a couple of users who said
> was broken for them. It was erroring out on
> fairly random lines most commonly with messages like:
> Nested quantifiers in regex; marked by <--HERE in m/(\((?:[^\(\)]++ <-- HERE |(?-1))*\))/ at ./ line 340.
> The bug reporter was running a version of perl 5.8 which was
> end-of-lifed in 2008: Versions of perl
> this old are at _best_ quite untested. At worst, they are crusty
> and known to be completely broken.
> If folks have a system _that_ old, then we should have mercy on
> them and give them a half-decent error message rather than fail
> with nutty error messages.
> This patch enforces that is run with perl 5.10,
> which was end-of-lifed in 2009. The new --ignore-perl-version
> command-line switch will let folks override this if they want.
> Signed-off-by: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Other than Andrew Morton's (continuing?) use of perl 5.8
I'm fine with this.

Andrew? Time to update your perl version?

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