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Re: Help in installing DBD::Oracle module

by leocharre (Priest)
on Mar 25, 2008 at 22:13 UTC ( #676255=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Help in installing DBD::Oracle module

I think this is too much work for a server you don't have root access to.

First and foremost- ask the admin to do it. Are you being ignored, refused? Consider another box (hosting provider/etc), or find a solution to your task that doesn't involve installing custom DBI drivers.

It's not a popular answer- but it is my honest suggestion- and in jaded experience, I think a good one.

I mean, is this like the last pebble to make your pyramid? How often will you be needing installs like this? Installing MySQL DBI drivers can be a little bit of a hassle even with root access, for example. You have to know that there are other funny non-perl deps.
So, this kind of thing can happen again with other modules- and waste a ton of your very valuable time.

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Re^2: Help in installing DBD::Oracle module
by Thilosophy (Curate) on Mar 26, 2008 at 03:56 UTC
    I think this is too much work for a server you don't have root access to.

    I do not agree with that. Even when I have root access, I try to keep Perl projects self-contained, with all their dependencies locally (ideally on a per-project basis). If you start messing with site-perl, you will run into problems when you want different versions of the same module. It also makes it easier to revert back to a clean Perl install.

      If you start messing with site-perl, you will run into problems
      True enough, but that doesn't mean root (sysadmin) shouldn't install it. I think most sysadmins would be rather happy to get requests to install things per project rather than potentially breaking older commitments.

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