[Chicago-talk] cpan problems in Fedora 9

Elliot Shank chicago.pm at galumph.com
Mon Sep 15 17:26:41 PDT 2008

Steven Lembark wrote:
>> I was also wondered whether anyone had a thought about whether it's 
>> better to use Fedora's pre-compiled modules or just use cpan?  I guess 
>> the pre-built DBI/DBD modules have been useful, but a lot of the 
>> modules I might use are not there so I've always just relied upon the 
>> cpan script in the past.
> Given the issues with RH's Perl I'd use
> one built from scratch for all of my own
> work.

Yeah, if you haven't read this, you should: http://blog.vipul.net/2008/08/24/redhat-perl-what-a-tragedy/

> What I've always done is install my own
> perl in /opt/perl5 and keep it up to date
> with -MCPAN. That leaves the vendor's
> perl in place where only their updates
> touch it: neither of us can break one
> another.

Especially in the face of upgrading modules that are included by the vendor.  With my own perl, I can do whatever I want without worrying that I'll break anything else.

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