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  • Apple has Perl 5.8.0 as a download from [].

    I'm idly wondering what that one does, as compared to compiling your own. Certainly, you won't have the customization options, but on the other hand, would it increase compatibility with other Apple or third-party software to have the "Apple" binary?

    Any lessons from experience?

    • Apple provides a link to a third-party 5.8.0 install. At the bottom of the page it says,

      Apple is providing links to these applications as a courtesy, and makes no representations regarding the applications or any information related thereto. Any questions, complaints or claims regarding the applications must be directed to the appropriate software vendor.

      Check [] for a wee-tiny bit of info on how this Perl was built.

    • This is taken from the README file:

      - This Perl distribution will install into /opt/perl. This means
            the Perl that comes bundled with Mac OS X will not be
            affected in any way by installing this package.

      - This package includes only the standard Perl library.
            No extra modules were built and included.

      So that is actually all it does...