Red Hat, RPMs and Perl

Scott Penrose scottp at
Tue Aug 20 22:25:52 CDT 2002

> This *so* much simplifies issues like building mod_perl apache and 
> installing
> other xs modules.
> Your .deb and .rpm files are all very well, but dammit, this is 
> perl! ;-)
> Regards,

The trick is that Perl is just a bit of the computer, not the only thing 
on it. If I install mirror (a perl ftp mirror program) from Debian, I 
should not care that it needs perl, python or the C libs, it should just 
be automatic. For bulk management of servers that is essential. 
Dependencies is something we work on quite a bit.

Unfortunately you just can't use both systems without what Graeme 
mentioned which is some way of creating 'dummy packages' on installation.

Plus there is the manual install problem. CPAN tends to need lots of 
manual input.

So my recommendation is exactly the opposite of Simons, which is to put 
more effort into using the one package system, and treat perl like you 
do python, apache, c, X, java, etc..... unless you only work on perl 
code in which case go for CPAN.

Scott Penrose
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