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Bad advice for ActiveState perl users in perlmodinstall?

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Randy W. Sims
February 25, 2004 00:18
Bad advice for ActiveState perl users in perlmodinstall?
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Is it wise to suggest users copy perl files into their lib directories? 
I've seen this come up a lot on some of the mailing lists, especially 
for win32 users trying to install modules for which their is no binary 
package available (ppm). I suppose it will work a lot of the time, but 
it is not guaranteed; some modules require filtering, some need to be 
split out for autoloader, some must be installed to privlib, users can 
end up with multiple versions in different libdirs, etc. The 
recommendation given in perlmodinstall in the item "If you're running 
ActivePerl (Win95/98/2K/NT/XP, Linux, Solaris)" is much too simplistic 
and too dangerous for most of the users who are unable to get modules 
installed by other means (i.e. ppm, MakeMaker, Module::Build, etc.).


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