perl package split - if you maintain a perl-* module, read this message.

Chris Adams cmadams at
Wed Apr 18 02:00:37 UTC 2007

Once upon a time, Jason L Tibbitts III <tibbs at> said:
> >>>>> "MD" == Matt Domsch <Matt_Domsch at> writes:
> MD> How many packages will break?
> Pretty much everything starting with "perl-".

That's not all.  There are other packages that include perl support that
will break (or autoconfigure out perl support unexpectedly).  IIRC one
example is net-snmp.

The best way to come up with a list probably is to see all the binary
RPMs that depend on perl or a perl module.  Not all of them need
perl-devel to build, but I'd bet most of them do.  A quick look at
rawhide/i386 finds over 100 packages that don't have perl in their name
that require perl.

Chris Adams <cmadams at>
Systems and Network Administrator - HiWAAY Internet Services
I don't speak for anybody but myself - that's enough trouble.

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