Perl FAQ 2.16: Where should I post bugs?

Perl FAQ 2.16

Where should I post bugs?

Before posting about a bug, please make sure that you are using the most recent versions of perl (currently 4.036 and 5.001) available. Please also check at the major archive sites to see if there are any development patches available (usually named something like perl5.001a.patch or patch5.001a - the patch itself, or perl5.001a.tar.gz - a prepatched distribution). If you are not using one of these versions, chances are you will be told to upgrade because the bug has already been fixed.

If you are reporting a bug in perl5, the best place to send your bug is <>, which is currently just an alias for <>. In the past, there have been problems with the perlbug address. If you have problems with it, please send your bug directly to <>. You may subscribe to the list in the customary fashion via mail to <>. Feel free to post your bugs to the comp.lang.perl.misc newsgroup as well, but do make sure they still go to the mailing list.

If you are posting a bug with a non-Unix port, a non-standard Module (such as Tk, Sx, etc) please see the documentation that came with it to determine the correct place to post bugs.

To enhance your chances of getting any bug you report fixed:

  1. Make sure you are using a production version of perl. Alpha and Beta version problems have probably already been reported and fixed.

  2. Try to narrow the problem down to as small a piece of code as possible. If you can get it down to 1 line of Perl then so much the better.

  3. Include a copy of the output from the myconfig script from the Perl source distribution in your posting.

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