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[perl #21553] Re: Solaris Perl (fwd)

Jon Miner
March 12, 2003 13:13
[perl #21553] Re: Solaris Perl (fwd)
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I got this email from our head Solaris administrator concerning the

 You may wish to put your version of perl in the PATH of all users by
 changing the link /usr/bin/perl. This is OK, as all Perl scripts
 shipped with Solaris use /usr/perl5/bin/perl.

in README.solaris


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From: David Lawver <>
Subject: Re: Solaris Perl
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 08:50:30 -0600
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On Thu, Mar 06, 2003 at 11:32:50AM -0600, Jon Miner wrote:
> According to README.solaris from the Perl 5.8.0 distribution:
>       users by changing the link /usr/bin/perl. This is OK, as all
>       Perl scripts shipped with Solaris use /usr/perl5/bin/perl.

Not true. I just tripped across /etc/rcm/scripts/README which begins
#! /usr/bin/perl -w

Now, it's true that this file is pseudo code intended as an example,
but rcmscript(4) doesn't make any reference to needing to point to
/usr/perl5/bin/perl, and indeed uses the same magic line in its
example script.

It's my view that if there's one exception to a sweeping statement like
the one above, there are likely to be others....

For example, /usr/bin/rpm2cpio.......

David Lawver, UW-Madison DoIT/POST      
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