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  • > LD_LIBRARY_PATH, which explains why you should never be using this variable

    That's not what he said, read again. There are still legitimate uses for LD_LIBRARY_PATH (and its moral equivalents, not all platforms call it that). For example, Perl's build process uses that for a very good reason.

    • When I said "you" should never be using this variable, I meant the average person reading what I was writing. :) People who've done heavy hacking on Perl's build process have a high probability of running into the legitimate use cases for it, and I knew that. :)

      Basically, if the developers of a package do their job right, and know what LD_LIBRARY_PATH is for and what it is not for, the end user should almost never, ever have to use it. If I purchase a huge commercial package like, say, Oracle, and have

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers