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Interpreted Languages


  • Based on 5.8.X, with X >= 8
  • Core perl/modules as shipped in the upstream tarballs with selected exceptions
  • Distribution test suite adapted from perl build-time tests
  • Appchk based on from the rpm-build package
  • Perl Foundation has secured a static reference spec for 5.8.8
  • Proposed spec
  • Some question as to whether we should exclude DB_FILE, ODBM_File, NDBM_File (not all distros ship these, somewhat deprecated)


  • Based on 2.4.0 or greater.
  • Since some distributions have moved to 2.5, only specify modules common to both 2.4 and 2.5, with 2.4 behavior.
  • Distribution test suite adapted from python self-tests
  • Appchk derived from ideas at
  • Upstream reference spec is available
  • Proposed spec