Not As Clever As I Thought I Was
jvian10 at charter.net
Tue Sep 21 22:23:38 UTC 2004
0On Tue, 2004-09-21 at 06:12, Dave Cross wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Sep 2004 12:39:38 +0200, Alexander Apprich
> <a.apprich at science-computing.de> wrote:
> > Dave Cross wrote:
> > >
> > > 2/ Why isn't there a Perl 5.8.5 rpm that works with the FC2 release?
> > Don't have much of an answer for you, but is there a reason not using
> > ActiveState's ActivePerl?
> > http://downloads.activestate.com/ActivePerl/Linux/5.8/ActivePerl-22.214.171.1240-i686-linux.tar.gz
> > Havn't tried it myself on Linux (I develop with Perl on Windows), but
> > maybe it's worth a try...
> Well, it's 5.8.4 instead of 5.8.5 for a start :)
> If I was that concerned, I could just build Perl 5.8.5 from source.
> But that would also mean building my own mod_perl. And that's a can of
> worms that I'd like to keep firmly closed.
> I decided a year or so ago that wherever possible I'd stick with rpms
> supplied by my distribution. Generally that makes life much simpler.
In the interest of stability of my system I agree with Dave.
Why would you need the few changes between 5.4.3 and 5.8.4 to require
the long (and as you found, hellish) manual update to the bleeding edge.
If you are developing, as you say, then it makes sense to stick with a
level of the language that you KNOW everyone using your app will have
access to. Otherwise, you are developing something that can only be
used by a select few. (Those who are on the bleeding edge.)
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