View Full Version : Anyone have a how-to upgrade Perl to 5.8?

12-07-2003, 01:47 AM

I'm trying to upgrade perl to 5.8 and need some help. I'm a total newbee.


12-07-2003, 02:17 AM
If you are a total newbie then my advice is simple: don't!

I haven't upgraded so I have no practical advice, but I can tell you the current installation of Perl is owned by 'root' so you cannot remove it. This means that you will have to do a parallel installation (probably in your home directory) and then hard code the paths into the scripts to use that installation instead of the 'normal' installation. You could also change the symlinks in /bin and /usr/bin to point to the new installation rather than the old one.

Good luck if you forge ahead anyway!


12-07-2003, 10:43 AM
The reason i wanted to update was cause i have a mls update script that requires ByteLoader .05 Right now ByteLoader .03 is installed i guess with the current version of perl. Do you know how i can just load that module and hopefully i wont run into anymore issues.

12-07-2003, 03:13 PM
Your best bet would be to try and lobby WestHost to do an upgrade on Pearl to its current version. Not real sure why they do not run current versions of things like that but I know they have done upgrades before.

12-07-2003, 03:18 PM
They are probably more concerned with security than with running the latest and greatest.

12-07-2003, 04:37 PM
Unfortunatly, i will need to have this perl module installed, so if i cant get them to install it or upgrade perl to its latest version that includes this. I will have to cancel my account, becasue its of no use to me.


PS who do i need to talk to at west host to see if we can get the latest version of mysql and perl installed?

12-07-2003, 09:12 PM
You might want to start with posting a request up in the Comments and Suggestions Forum. Might also search around and see if there is a company that will install such stuff for a fee. I remember reading in a recent post that one of the other users has someone he uses to do install and upgrades that only charges $25.00. Can't remember which post it was right now.