Red Hat, RPMs and Perl

Adam Clarke Adam.Clarke at
Tue Aug 20 20:49:28 CDT 2002

I have been considering this lately for out app servers. We use Debian 
and it tends to use perl for all sorts of admin duties which means that 
futzing with its version of Perl is to be done with care.

I am leaning towards a /usr/local version of Perl so that I can easily 
update that (using CPAN). It would form the basis of out application and 
we won't have to worry about updating our entire OS just because Perl 
5.8.1 has some u-bute feature we feel we really need.

What do people think of this approach? Can you see any downside?

JP Howard wrote:

>On Wed, 21 Aug 2002 09:27:50 +1000, "Scott Penrose"
><scottp at> said:
>>However on our deployed servers we made the decision to never use
>>CPAN. What we do instead is make our own .deb of the CPAN module.
>>But it is easy for debian, you just use dh-make-perl and it does it
>>all for you
>Yes, you have to pick one or t'other... We chose the opposite and never
>use packages--always CPAN.

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