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Perl ugrade

by Rina (Initiate)
on May 18, 2004 at 16:01 UTC ( #354319=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Rina has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi, Currently we have perl version 5.003_07 and need to upgrade to perl version 5.6.0. Is a perl binary download the simplest way to accomplish this? Where is the most reliable version located? Thanks!

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Re: Perl ugrade
by Zaxo (Archbishop) on May 18, 2004 at 16:29 UTC

    You don't say what processor or OS you have, so it's very difficult to recommend a binary. Perl is easy and fast to build from source, but you need the tools for that; a C compiler, make, and a yacc-alike.

    I'd recommend 5.8+, particularly if unicode has any importance to you. Whichever version you choose, you should get the most recent patch level - 5.6.3 or 5.8.4, I think. 5.6.0 has some serious bugs which were quickly fixed in 5.6.1.

    After Compline,

      Sorry...I'm using a Windows 2000 machine. And unicode has no importance to us in the foreseeable future. If we were to use 5.8.4, for example, would we have to modify scripts that were written to run with 5.6? Thanks again

        Most people seem more or less happy with the ActiveState binary distributions for win32. Cygwin is another, and it has the advantage of a C compiler, a unix-alike shell, and make. Learning to use cygwin is a significant commitment.

        Most scripts written for 5.6 work fine in 5.8. If you used nothing marked 'deprecated', the worst you will see is warning of newly deprecated misfeatures. The perldelta docs will tell you what has changed.

        After Compline,

Re: Perl ugrade
by benrwebb (Scribe) on May 18, 2004 at 17:51 UTC
    For Windows, the best thing to do is to download the version maintained by ActiveState. Go here: and click the "download" button on the upper left hand corner.
      Great, thank you both! I'm going to download it now, test it and let you know.
Re: Perl ugrade
by ketema (Scribe) on May 18, 2004 at 23:20 UTC
    What platform are you using? If you are using the Windows platform the easiest way to upgrade is to use Activestate's distribution. It is easy to install, and the package manager is simple and easy to understand. They even have a web based visual version. See
    If you are on a NIX flavor, I am a little less knowledgable, but you probably already have perl and can just use CPAN. I personally use Gentoo Linux, and it is simple to just emerge dev-lang/perl and voila you have the latest version of perl. Hope this helps you.

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