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Re: texlive-collection-basic requires Perl to be removed

On Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:53:54, Achim Gratz wrote:
The whole point of splitting off perl_base from perl was to eventually
make it available as a "Base" package so that it could be relied upon by
other parts of the system.  I don't remember why I didn't put it into
Base at the time, but maybe we should do that now?

my knee-jerk reaction was to be against that, as I do not want to see "Base" get
too large. However it might be a good idea. I just tested every major Unix
distro, and some independent ones. These all come with Perl preinstalled:

- Linux Mint
- Debian
- Ubuntu
- Solus
- Fedora
- antiX
- Arch
- CentOS (based on Red Hat)
- PCLinuxOS (based on Mandriva)
- Puppy
- Lubuntu
- KDE neon
- Xubuntu
- Gentoo
- 4MLinux
- GeckoLinux (based on openSUSE)
- KaOS
- Tiny Core (based on Damn Small)
- NixOS

here are some major and independent distros that do not come with Perl

- Slackware
- FreeBSD
- NuTyX (based on LFS)
- Alpine
- OpenBSD

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