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Re^2: Management of perl modules in enterprise?

by Herkum (Parson)
on May 31, 2006 at 13:01 UTC ( #552776=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread Management of perl modules in enterprise?

Referring to the link provided, one of the comments posted had a very good idea. Install a seperate version of Perl on the box and bring that version of Perl up to being the most current modules. Then change the /usr/bin/perl symlink to point at the new version. If your programs are having problems you can always point it back to the original version of perl that you have.

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Re^3: Management of perl modules in enterprise?
by Argel (Prior) on Jun 01, 2006 at 21:53 UTC
    That's still not a very good idea. Part of good sysadmin philosophy is to keep the OS itself as pure as possible and that means you do not replace tools that it comes with, including Perl. Why? Well, do you know what scripts came with the OS that use Perl? Do you know if swapping it out will break any of them? What about some 3rd party software that makes use of the Perl that comes with the OS? What about future patches, updates, and upgrades?

    To be fair, this is probably not as obvious on Linux so let me give a better example: Solaris 8 comes with Perl 5.005_03. I think we can all agree that swapping this out for Perl 5.6.1 could be problematic and Perl 5.8.x would likely be even worse.

    Short version is you should always install your own, separate Perl.

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