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Subject:   which Perl directory structure to choose? Apple or standard?
Date:   2003-04-19 21:59:32
From:   anonymous2
while installing Perl 5.8 there is an option to configure it to use the Apple directory structure or the standard Perl directory structure.

What are the pros and cons of each choice?

eric rehnke
eric at rehnke dot net

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  • David Wheeler photo which Perl directory structure to choose? Apple or standard?
    2003-04-21 08:00:26  David Wheeler | O'Reilly Author [View]

    I think that, by default, it will use the Apple Perl directory structure. This will effectively replace Perl 5.6.0 on your system. Most experienced Perl users on Mac OS X don't recommend this, however, as there are system scripts that rely on Perl 5.6.0, and if you don't remove all of the existing C-based Perl 5.6.0 modules, you're much more likely to run into dyld errors. I personally install it in /usr/local and completely ignore the old Perl. If you decide to install Perl in /usr/local, however, I strongly recommend that you compile and install another library, such as exapt, in that directory tree, first. That way, Perl will see that the appropriate lib and include directories exist when you try to compile Perl modules that rely on those directories, such as XML::Parser.