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Mark Fowler has never been the same since he was elected leader of the London Perl Mongers. The strain manifests itself mainly in releasing various [] modules [] to CPAN, giving talks [], and use of the Trelane nick on for endless procrastination. Doctors are still seeking a cure.
Thursday May 29, 2003
02:34 AM

To Fink it Happened Again

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Oooh, through selecting some random stuff, I seem to have got Fink to install perl5.8.0.

This means I've got three (count 'em, three!) working versions of Perl on this laptop.

  • /usr/bin/perl - apple's perl 5.6.0
  • /usr/local/perl5.8.0/bin/perl - my day to day handrolled perl
  • /sw/bin/perl5.8.0 - fink's perl that it, and it alone, uses.

It's all madness I tell you. OTOH, one of richardc's machines on this network has ten different copies of perl installed on it - though those are mainly used for regression testing.

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  • fink's perl that it, and it alone, uses

    Having a private copy of perl as part of an application that uses perl is a useful thing.

    It means that the application, from one release to the next, can determine when and whether to upgrade from one version of perl to another based on actual testing.

    The application can also bundle in the specific extra modules that it needs (that's part of the testing - to make sure that the modules included are all compatible with each other to the extent needed). It can omit