[Pdx-pm] [csieh at fnal.gov: Re: Horribly Broken RHEL5/SL5 Perl]

Peter Scott Peter at PSDT.com
Tue Aug 26 12:32:17 PDT 2008

At 10:27 AM 8/26/2008, you wrote:

>I spoke too soon.  Sigh, no distro support on this one.  OK,
>for the complete Perl noob, how does one go about maintaining
>two versions of Perl on a machine, one for "system" and one
>for everything else including serving web pages?
>Understandable, updated, robust and secure is good.  I fear
>the only option is a large learning and maintenance burden.

I leave the system Perl completely alone on every system.  I figure 
that if the vendor wants it there, they have a reason, and I am not 
going to risk breaking something by playing with it, especially since I 
am going to want all kinds of things that they did not, like debugging 
support, threading, etc.  I leave all changes to the system perl to 
package upgrades from the vendor and I build /usr/local/bin/perl from 
source with just 'configure -des' etc and then put /usr/local/bin first 
in my path so everything I do gets the perl I want.  Never had a 
problem with this approach.

FWIW, the Fedora Core 5 Perl 5.8.8 does not have the bless() problem on 
my system.
Peter Scott
Pacific Systems Design Technologies

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