Perl and IPv6. It's alright now.

Paul LeoNerd Evans leonerd at
Tue Apr 26 09:42:07 BST 2011

On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 02:02:59PM +0100, Duncan Garland wrote:
> What's the situation now? Anybody doing a high-level search on the subject
> is going to get the impression that Perl is "harmful". It's clear that this
> is an exaggeration, but it's not clear whether or not the problem has been
> solved.
> Does anybody have a high-level summary of the current situation? Would
> anybody like to write one? I don't think I'm the right person. I don't know
> if it's alright now or not.

One high-level summary I co-wrote:

Long story short: 

  use IO::Socket::IP;

for a fully IPv6-aware replacement of IO::Socket::INET. Pure-perl, no
non-core dependencies on 5.13.x / 5.14. Requires Socket::GetAddrInfo on
earlier perls, which is XS-based.

Once 5.14.0 is out, I'm hoping to suggest placing IO::Socket::IP in core
too, alongside the older ::INET.


Paul "LeoNerd" Evans

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