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  • If sh Configure -Dprefix=/my/perl doesn't install everything under /my/perl, that's a bug, please perlbug it. I use this option often, installing perl as a non-root user (for paranoid reasons). Moreover, in the company I work for, I've standardized our product-supplied perl to be installed under an ad-hoc location, to avoid conflicts with the OS's supplied perl (we have to be very portable across different Unices).
    • You also need to specify it -Uinstallusrbinperl or somesuch if you are root!


    • the problem i've had with 5.8 in particular is that the darwin hints use prefix for a couple of paths but make up other paths along the way. so the binary ends up in /opt/magicpants/bin but the modules still end up in /Library/Perl or whereever. getting perl to install by itself someplace where it wont touch the stock 5.6.0 that comes with os was a nightmare.

      this is why i have a tarball of that build that i carry around so i never have to do that again.

      for a contrast there, Configure on linux uses prefi
      • Yes, that's exactly the problem I was talking about with 5.8.0--randomly stuffing shit into /Library is very uncool. I too saved my build, but as a .pkg.dmg [].


        • I just comment out a few lines in the darwin hints file. Works wunderbarly. But yes, perl should allow overriding of the hints file.
    • Yahhhhrsh? :-)