Red Hat, RPMs and Perl

Scott Penrose scottp at
Tue Aug 20 22:21:35 CDT 2002

On Wednesday, August 21, 2002, at 11:49 , Adam Clarke wrote:

> 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?

I was consdiering that too. That way you could also do a upgrade to 5.8 
(or any newer version than in debian).

the problem I would have is package names. How do we install Template 
Toolkit eg: libtemplate-perl. What if we want a 5.8 compiled version 
(Template toolkit has a bit of C code which must be recompiled to work 
with 5.8) and the 5.6 version (maybe it was needed by another package).


What we have thought about can't really be done, but that is to use mini 
perl (special directories and all) for stuff that is REQUIRED by Debian. 
Then you can use any version of perl, just like you can use alternate 
versions of Apache. You could just changes your sources line .


> 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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