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From Gerald Richter <>
Subject Re: Proposal to remove Embperl from Debian
Date Sun, 27 May 2018 15:44:30 GMT

I know it's some years ago that I did the last release of Embperl. Also I personally still
use it in our company, I didn't had the time to prepare new releases.

As Dominic already wrote it's usually not much effort to adapt it to a new Perl version, but
setting up the test environment takes time.

So if anybody can help with testing, I would like to keep Embperl working and also as part
of Debian (any other distros).

Dominic, currently I have only rare access to my email. So if possible, can we shift the decission
how to continue until mid of june?

Thanks for all your work you put in Debian and Embperl 



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Von: "Dominic Hargreaves" <>
Gesendet: Montag, 21. Mai 2018 12:29:49
Betreff: Proposal to remove Embperl from Debian


As you can see from the message below, we are considering removing Embperl
from Debian because of concerns about not being actively maintained. We
have had to patch it several times to cope with changes in newer upstream
versions over the past few years, and we don't think it is really being
used much in Debian any more.

Interested if anyone has any thoughts on this from the user or upstream
dev perspective.


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Date: Fri, 18 May 2018 17:08:38 +0200
From: Dominic Hargreaves <>
Subject: Bug#899021: libembperl-perl: FTBFS with Perl 5.27, unmaintained
Reply-To: Dominic Hargreaves <>,

Source: libembperl-perl
Version: 2.5.0-11
Severity: serious
Justification: unmaintained upstream, and will shortly break in Debian
Usertags: perl-5.28-transition hh2018

The upstream version of this package has not worked since 5.18, and we
have had to apply several fixes in Debian since. The build has now
broken again with Perl 5.27:

The problem in this case might not be that hard to fix, but I have
been consisdering deprecating/removing this for some time, as there is
a limit to how long we can be de facto upstream for this type of

Currently the package has a popcon of inst: 37 / vote: 22 / recent: 1
suggesting that it is barely used anywhere. So I suggest that rather than
spending any more time maintaining it, we remove it from Debian.

CC to debian-perl to get wider exposure of the proposal.


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