- WARNING: This version may not be binary compatible with Perl 5.005.
- WARNING: This version requires a compiler that supports ANSI C.
- Space Requirements
- Start with a Fresh Distribution
- Run Configure
- Altering config.sh variables for C compiler switches etc.
- Common Configure options
- GNU-style configure
- Installation Directories
- Changing the installation directory
- Creating an installable tar archive
- Site-wide Policy settings
- Configure-time Options
- Selecting File IO mechanisms
- Dynamic Loading
- Building a shared libperl.so Perl library
- Malloc Issues
- Building a debugging perl
- Including locally-installed libraries
- What if it doesn't work?
- make depend
- make test
- make install
- Coexistence with earlier versions of perl5
- Coexistence with perl4
- cd /usr/include; h2ph *.h sys/*.h
- installhtml --help
- cd pod && make tex && (process the latex files)
- Reporting Problems
- LAST MODIFIED
Install - Build and Installation guide for perl5.
The basic steps to build and install perl5 on a Unix system are:
rm -f config.sh Policy.sh sh Configure -de make make test make install # You may also wish to add these: (cd /usr/include && h2ph *.h sys/*.h) (installhtml --help) (cd pod && make tex && <process the latex files>)
Each of these is explained in further detail below.
The above commands will install Perl to /usr/local or /opt, depending on the platform. If that's not okay with you, use
rm -f config.sh Policy.sh sh Configure make make test make install
Full configuration instructions can be found in the INSTALL file.
For information on non-Unix systems, see the section on "Porting information" below.
If you have problems, corrections, or questions, please see "Reporting Problems" below.
For information on what's new in this release, see the pod/perldelta.pod file. For more detailed information about specific changes, see the Changes file.
IMPORTANT NOTE: 5.005_53 and later releases do not export unadorned global symbols anymore. This means you may need to build older extensions that have not been updated for the new naming convention with:
perl Makefile.PL POLLUTE=1
Alternatively, you can enable CPP symbol pollution wholesale by building perl itself with:
sh Configure -Accflags=-DPERL_POLLUTE
pod/perldelta.pod contains more details about this.
This document is written in pod format as an easy way to indicate its structure. The pod format is described in pod/perlpod.pod, but you can read it as is with any pager or editor. Headings and items are marked by lines beginning with '='. The other mark-up used is
B<text> embolden text, used for switches, programs or commands C<code> literal code L<name> A link (cross reference) to name
You should probably at least skim through this entire document before proceeding.
If you're building Perl on a non-Unix system, you should also read the README file specific to your operating system, since this may provide additional or different instructions for building Perl.
If there is a hint file for your system (in the hints/ directory) you should also read that hint file for specific information for your system. (Unixware users should use the svr4.sh hint file.) If there is a README file for your platform, then you should read that too. Additional information is in the Porting/ directory.
Using the default Configure options for building perl should get you a perl that will be binary compatible with the 5.005 release.
However, if you run Configure with any custom options, such as -Dusethreads, -Dusemultiplicity, -Dusemymalloc, -Ubincompat5005 etc., the resulting perl will not be binary compatible. Under these circumstances, if you have dynamically loaded extensions that were built under perl 5.005, you will need to rebuild and reinstall all those extensions to use them with 5.6.
Pure perl modules without XS or C code should continue to work fine without reinstallation. See the discussions below on "Coexistence with earlier versions of perl5" and "Upgrading from 5.005 to 5.6" for more details.
The standard extensions supplied with Perl will be handled automatically.
On a related issue, old modules may possibly be affected by the changes in the Perl language in the current release. Please see pod/perldelta.pod (and pod/perl500Xdelta.pod) for a description of what's changed. See also your installed copy of the perllocal.pod file for a (possibly incomplete) list of locally installed modules. Also see CPAN::autobundle for one way to make a "bundle" of your currently installed modules.
If you find that your C compiler is not ANSI-capable, try obtaining GCC, available from GNU mirrors worldwide (e.g. ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu). Another alternative may be to use a tool like ansi2knr to convert the sources back to K&R style, but there is no guarantee this route will get you anywhere, since the prototypes are not the only ANSI features used in the Perl sources. ansi2knr is usually found as part of the freely available Ghostscript distribution. Another similar tool is unprotoize, distributed with GCC. Since unprotoize requires GCC to run, you may have to run it on a platform where GCC is available, and move the sources back to the platform without GCC.
If you succeed in automatically converting the sources to a K&R compatible form, be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know the steps you followed. This will enable us to officially support this option.
The complete perl5 source tree takes up about 15 MB of disk space. After completing make, it takes up roughly 20 MB, though the actual total is likely to be quite system-dependent. The installation directories need something on the order of 15 MB, though again that value is system-dependent.
If you have built perl before, you should clean out the build directory with the command
The only difference between the two is that make distclean also removes your old config.sh and Policy.sh files.
The results of a Configure run are stored in the config.sh and Policy.sh files. If you are upgrading from a previous version of perl, or if you change systems or compilers or make other significant changes, or if you are experiencing difficulties building perl, you should probably not re-use your old config.sh. Simply remove it
rm -f config.sh
If you wish to use your old config.sh, be especially attentive to the version and architecture-specific questions and answers. For example, the default directory for architecture-dependent library modules includes the version name. By default, Configure will reuse your old name (e.g. /opt/perl/lib/i86pc-solaris/5.003) even if you're running Configure for a different version, e.g. 5.004. Yes, Configure should probably check and correct for this, but it doesn't, presently. Similarly, if you used a shared libperl.so (see below) with version numbers, you will probably want to adjust them as well.
Also, be careful to check your architecture name. For example, some Linux distributions use i386, while others may use i486. If you build it yourself, Configure uses the output of the arch command, which might be i586 or i686 instead. If you pick up a precompiled binary, or compile extensions on different systems, they might not all agree on the architecture name.
In short, if you wish to use your old config.sh, I recommend running Configure interactively rather than blindly accepting the defaults.
If your reason to reuse your old config.sh is to save your particular installation choices, then you can probably achieve the same effect by using the Policy.sh file. See the section on "Site-wide Policy settings" below. If you wish to start with a fresh distribution, you also need to remove any old Policy.sh files you may have with
rm -f Policy.sh
Configure will figure out various things about your system. Some things Configure will figure out for itself, other things it will ask you about. To accept the default, just press RETURN. The default is almost always okay. It is normal for some things to be "NOT found", since Configure often searches for many different ways of performing the same function.
At any Configure prompt, you can type &-d and Configure will use the defaults from then on.
After it runs, Configure will perform variable substitution on all the *.SH files and offer to run make depend.
For most users, all of the Configure defaults are fine. Configure also has several convenient options which are all described below. However, if Configure doesn't have an option to do what you want, you can change Configure variables after the platform hints have been run, by using Configure's -A switch. For example, here's how to add a couple of extra flags to C compiler invocations:
sh Configure -Accflags="-DPERL_Y2KWARN -DPERL_POLLUTE_MALLOC"
For more help on Configure switches, run:
sh Configure -h
Configure supports a number of useful options. Run Configure -h to get a listing. See the Porting/Glossary file for a complete list of Configure variables you can set and their definitions.
To compile with gcc you should run
sh Configure -Dcc=gcc
This is the preferred way to specify gcc (or another alternative compiler) so that the hints files can set appropriate defaults.
- Installation prefix
You can specify a different 'prefix' for the default installation directory, when Configure prompts you or by using the Configure command line option -Dprefix='/some/directory', e.g.
sh Configure -Dprefix=/opt/perl
If your prefix contains the string "perl", then the suggested directory structure is simplified. For example, if you use prefix=/opt/perl, then Configure will suggest /opt/perl/lib instead of /opt/perl/lib/perl5/. Again, see "Installation Directories" below for more details.
NOTE: You must not specify an installation directory that is the same as or below your perl source directory. If you do, installperl will attempt infinite recursion.
It may seem obvious, but Perl is useful only when users can easily find it. It's often a good idea to have both /usr/bin/perl and /usr/local/bin/perl be symlinks to the actual binary. Be especially careful, however, not to overwrite a version of perl supplied by your vendor unless you are sure you know what you are doing.
By default, Configure will arrange for /usr/bin/perl to be linked to the current version of perl. You can turn off that behavior by running
or by answering 'no' to the appropriate Configure prompt.
In any case, system administrators are strongly encouraged to put (symlinks to) perl and its accompanying utilities, such as perldoc, into a directory typically found along a user's PATH, or in another obvious and convenient place.
- Overriding an old config.sh
If you want to use your old config.sh but override some of the items with command line options, you need to use Configure -O.
If you are willing to accept all the defaults, and you want terse output, you can run
sh Configure -des
For my Solaris system, I usually use
sh Configure -Dprefix=/opt/perl -Doptimize='-xpentium -xO4' -des
If you prefer the GNU-style configure command line interface, you can use the supplied configure.gnu command, e.g.
The configure.gnu script emulates a few of the more common configure options. Try
for a listing.
Cross compiling and compiling in a different directory are not supported.
(The file is called configure.gnu to avoid problems on systems that would not distinguish the files "Configure" and "configure".)
The installation directories can all be changed by answering the appropriate questions in Configure. For convenience, all the installation questions are near the beginning of Configure. Further, there are a number of additions to the installation directories since 5.005, so reusing your old config.sh may not be sufficient to put everything where you want it.
I highly recommend running Configure interactively to be sure it puts everything where you want it. At any point during the Configure process, you can answer a question with &-d and Configure will use the defaults from then on.
The defaults are intended to be reasonable and sensible for most people building from sources. Those who build and distribute binary distributions or who export perl to a range of systems will probably need to alter them. If you are content to just accept the defaults, you can safely skip the next section.
The directories set up by Configure fall into three broad categories.
- Directories for the perl distribution
By default, Configure will use the following directories for 5.6. $version is the full perl version number, including subversion, e.g. 5.6 or 5.6.1, and $archname is a string like sun4-sunos, determined by Configure. The full definitions of all Configure variables are in the file Porting/Glossary.
Configure variable Default value $prefix /usr/local $bin $prefix/bin $scriptdir $prefix/bin $privlib $prefix/lib/perl5/$version $archlib $prefix/lib/perl5/$version/$archname $man1dir $prefix/man/man1 $man3dir $prefix/man/man3 $html1dir (none) $html3dir (none)
Actually, Configure recognizes the SVR3-style /usr/local/man/l_man/man1 directories, if present, and uses those instead. Also, if $prefix contains the string "perl", the library directories are simplified as described below. For simplicity, only the common style is shown here.
- Directories for site-specific add-on files
After perl is installed, you may later wish to add modules (e.g. from CPAN) or scripts. Configure will set up the following directories to be used for installing those add-on modules and scripts. $apiversion is the perl version number (without subversion), e.g. 5.6.
Configure variable Default value $siteprefix $prefix $sitebin $siteprefix/bin $sitescriptdir $siteprefix/bin $sitelib $siteprefix/lib/perl5/site_perl/ $sitearch $siteprefix/lib/perl5/site_perl/$apiversion/$archname $siteman1dir $siteprefix/man/man1 $siteman3dir $siteprefix/man/man3 $sitehtml1dir (none) $sitehtml3dir (none)
By default, ExtUtils::MakeMaker will install architecture-independent modules into $sitelib/$apiversion and architecture-dependent modules into $sitearch.
- Directories for vendor-supplied add-on files
Lastly, if you are building a binary distribution of perl for distribution, Configure can optionally set up the following directories for you to use to distribute add-on modules.
Configure variable Default value $vendorprefix (none) (The next ones are set only if vendorprefix is set.) $vendorbin $vendorprefix/bin $vendorscriptdir $vendorprefix/bin $vendorlib $vendorprefix/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/ $vendorarch $vendorprefix/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/$apiversion/$archname $vendorman1dir $vendorprefix/man/man1 $vendorman3dir $vendorprefix/man/man3 $vendorhtml1dir (none) $vendorhtml3dir (none)
These are normally empty, but may be set as needed. For example, a vendor might choose the following settings:
$prefix /usr/bin $siteprefix /usr/local/bin $vendorprefix /usr/bin
This would have the effect of setting the following:
$bin /usr/bin $scriptdir /usr/bin $privlib /usr/lib/perl5/$version $archlib /usr/lib/perl5/$version/$archname $man1dir /usr/man/man1 $man3dir /usr/man/man3 $sitebin /usr/local/bin $sitescriptdir /usr/local/bin $sitelib /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/ $sitearch /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/$apiversion/$archname $siteman1dir /usr/local/man/man1 $siteman3dir /usr/local/man/man3 $vendorbin /usr/bin $vendorscriptdir /usr/bin $vendorlib /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/ $vendorarch /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/$apiversion/$archname $vendorman1dir /usr/man/man1 $vendorman3dir /usr/man/man3
Note how in this example, the vendor-supplied directories are in the /usr hierarchy, while the directories reserved for the end-user are in the /usr/local hierarchy. Note too how the vendor-supplied directories track $apiversion, rather than $version, to ease upgrading between maintenance subversions. See "Coexistence with earlier versions of perl5" below for more details.
Of course you may use these directories however you see fit. For example, you may wish to use $siteprefix for site-specific files that are stored locally on your own disk and use $vendorprefix for site-specific files that are stored elsewhere on your organization's network. One way to do that would be something like
sh Configure -Dsiteprefix=/usr/local -Dvendorprefix=/usr/share/perl
As a final catch-all, Configure also offers an $otherlibdirs variable. This variable contains a colon-separated list of additional directories to add to @INC. By default, it will be set to $prefix/site_perl if Configure detects that you have 5.004-era modules installed there. However, you can set it to anything you like.
- Man Pages
In versions 5.005_57 and earlier, the default was to store module man pages in a version-specific directory, such as /usr/local/lib/perl5/$version/man/man3. The default for 5.005_58 and after is /usr/local/man/man3 so that most users can find the man pages without resetting MANPATH.
You can continue to use the old default from the command line with
sh Configure -Dman3dir=/usr/local/lib/perl5/5.6/man/man3
Some users also prefer to use a .3pm suffix. You can do that with
sh Configure -Dman3ext=3pm
Again, these are just the defaults, and can be changed as you run Configure.
- HTML pages
As of perl5.005_57, the standard perl installation does not do anything with HTML documentation, but that may change in the future. Further, some add-on modules may wish to install HTML documents. The html Configure variables listed above are provided if you wish to specify where such documents should be placed. The default is "none", but will likely eventually change to something useful based on user feedback.
Some users prefer to append a "/share" to $privlib and $sitelib to emphasize that those directories can be shared among different architectures.
Note that these are just the defaults. You can actually structure the directories any way you like. They don't even have to be on the same filesystem.
Further details about the installation directories, maintenance and development subversions, and about supporting multiple versions are discussed in "Coexistence with earlier versions of perl5" below.
If you specify a prefix that contains the string "perl", then the library directory structure is slightly simplified. Instead of suggesting $prefix/lib/perl5/, Configure will suggest $prefix/lib.
Thus, for example, if you Configure with -Dprefix=/opt/perl, then the default library directories for 5.6 are
Configure variable Default value $privlib /opt/perl/lib/5.6 $archlib /opt/perl/lib/5.6/$archname $sitelib /opt/perl/lib/site_perl/5.6 $sitearch /opt/perl/lib/site_perl/5.6/$archname
Configure distinguishes between the directory in which perl (and its associated files) should be installed and the directory in which it will eventually reside. For most sites, these two are the same; for sites that use AFS, this distinction is handled automatically. However, sites that use software such as depot to manage software packages, or users building binary packages for distribution may also wish to install perl into a different directory and use that management software to move perl to its final destination. This section describes how to do that.
Suppose you want to install perl under the /tmp/perl5 directory. You could edit config.sh and change all the install* variables to point to /tmp/perl5 instead of /usr/local, or you could simply use the following command line:
sh Configure -Dinstallprefix=/tmp/perl5
(replace /tmp/perl5 by a directory of your choice).
Beware, though, that if you go to try to install new add-on modules, they too will get installed in under '/tmp/perl5' if you follow this example. The next section shows one way of dealing with that problem.
If you need to install perl on many identical systems, it is convenient to compile it once and create an archive that can be installed on multiple systems. Suppose, for example, that you want to create an archive that can be installed in /opt/perl. Here's one way to do that:
# Set up to install perl into a different directory, # e.g. /tmp/perl5 (see previous part). sh Configure -Dinstallprefix=/tmp/perl5 -Dprefix=/opt/perl -des make make test make install # This will install everything into /tmp/perl5. cd /tmp/perl5 # Edit $archlib/Config.pm and $archlib/.packlist to change all the # install* variables back to reflect where everything will # really be installed. (That is, change /tmp/perl5 to /opt/perl # everywhere in those files.) # Check the scripts in $scriptdir to make sure they have the correct # #!/wherever/perl line. tar cvf ../perl5-archive.tar . # Then, on each machine where you want to install perl, cd /opt/perl # Or wherever you specified as $prefix tar xvf perl5-archive.tar
After Configure runs, it stores a number of common site-wide "policy" answers (such as installation directories and the local perl contact person) in the Policy.sh file. If you want to build perl on another system using the same policy defaults, simply copy the Policy.sh file to the new system and Configure will use it along with the appropriate hint file for your system.
Alternatively, if you wish to change some or all of those policy answers, you should
rm -f Policy.sh
to ensure that Configure doesn't re-use them.
Further information is in the Policy_sh.SH file itself.
If the generated Policy.sh file is unsuitable, you may freely edit it to contain any valid shell commands. It will be run just after the platform-specific hints files.
Note: Since the directory hierarchy for 5.6 contains a number of new vendor* and site* entries, your Policy.sh file will probably not set them to your desired values. I encourage you to run Configure interactively to be sure it puts things where you want them.
There are several different ways to Configure and build perl for your system. For most users, the defaults are sensible and will work. Some users, however, may wish to further customize perl. Here are some of the main things you can change.
On some platforms, perl5.005 and later can be compiled with experimental support for threads. To enable this, read the file README.threads, and then try:
sh Configure -Dusethreads
Currently, you need to specify -Dusethreads on the Configure command line so that the hint files can make appropriate adjustments.
The default is to compile without thread support.
Previous versions of perl used the standard IO mechanisms as defined in stdio.h. Versions 5.003_02 and later of perl allow alternate IO mechanisms via a "PerlIO" abstraction, but the stdio mechanism is still the default and is the only supported mechanism.
This PerlIO abstraction can be enabled either on the Configure command line with
sh Configure -Duseperlio
or interactively at the appropriate Configure prompt.
If you choose to use the PerlIO abstraction layer, there are two (experimental) possibilities for the underlying IO calls. These have been tested to some extent on some platforms, but are not guaranteed to work everywhere.
AT&T's "sfio". This has superior performance to stdio.h in many cases, and is extensible by the use of "discipline" modules. Sfio currently only builds on a subset of the UNIX platforms perl supports. Because the data structures are completely different from stdio, perl extension modules or external libraries may not work. This configuration exists to allow these issues to be worked on.
This option requires the 'sfio' package to have been built and installed. A (fairly old) version of sfio is in CPAN.
You select this option by
sh Configure -Duseperlio -Dusesfio
If you have already selected -Duseperlio, and if Configure detects that you have sfio, then sfio will be the default suggested by Configure.
Note: On some systems, sfio's iffe configuration script fails to detect that you have an atexit function (or equivalent). Apparently, this is a problem at least for some versions of Linux and SunOS 4. Configure should detect this problem and warn you about problems with _exit vs. exit. If you have this problem, the fix is to go back to your sfio sources and correct iffe's guess about atexit.
There also might be a more recent release of Sfio that fixes your problem.
Normal stdio IO, but with all IO going through calls to the PerlIO abstraction layer. This configuration can be used to check that perl and extension modules have been correctly converted to use the PerlIO abstraction.
This configuration should work on all platforms (but might not).
You select this option via:
sh Configure -Duseperlio -Uusesfio
If you have already selected -Duseperlio, and if Configure does not detect sfio, then this will be the default suggested by Configure.
By default, Configure will compile perl to use dynamic loading if your system supports it. If you want to force perl to be compiled statically, you can either choose this when Configure prompts you or you can use the Configure command line option -Uusedl.
Currently, for most systems, the main perl executable is built by linking the "perl library" libperl.a with perlmain.o, your static extensions (usually just DynaLoader.a) and various extra libraries, such as -lm.
On some systems that support dynamic loading, it may be possible to replace libperl.a with a shared libperl.so. If you anticipate building several different perl binaries (e.g. by embedding libperl into different programs, or by using the optional compiler extension), then you might wish to build a shared libperl.so so that all your binaries can share the same library.
The disadvantages are that there may be a significant performance penalty associated with the shared libperl.so, and that the overall mechanism is still rather fragile with respect to different versions and upgrades.
In terms of performance, on my test system (Solaris 2.5_x86) the perl test suite took roughly 15% longer to run with the shared libperl.so. Your system and typical applications may well give quite different results.
The default name for the shared library is typically something like libperl.so.3.2 (for Perl 5.003_02) or libperl.so.302 or simply libperl.so. Configure tries to guess a sensible naming convention based on your C library name. Since the library gets installed in a version-specific architecture-dependent directory, the exact name isn't very important anyway, as long as your linker is happy.
For some systems (mostly SVR4), building a shared libperl is required for dynamic loading to work, and hence is already the default.
You can elect to build a shared libperl by
sh Configure -Duseshrplib
To build a shared libperl, the environment variable controlling shared library search (LD_LIBRARY_PATH in most systems, DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH for NeXTSTEP/OPENSTEP/Rhapsody, LIBRARY_PATH for BeOS, SHLIB_PATH for HP-UX, LIBPATH for AIX, PATH for cygwin) must be set up to include the Perl build directory because that's where the shared libperl will be created. Configure arranges makefile to have the correct shared library search settings.
However, there are some special cases where manually setting the shared library path might be required. For example, if you want to run something like the following with the newly-built but not-yet-installed ./perl:
cd t; ./perl misc/failing_test.t or ./perl -Ilib ~/my_mission_critical_test
then you need to set up the shared library path explicitly. You can do this with
LD_LIBRARY_PATH=`pwd`:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH; export LD_LIBRARY_PATH
for Bourne-style shells, or
setenv LD_LIBRARY_PATH `pwd`
for Csh-style shells. (This procedure may also be needed if for some unexpected reason Configure fails to set up makefile correctly.)
You can often recognize failures to build/use a shared libperl from error messages complaining about a missing libperl.so (or libperl.sl in HP-UX), for example: 18126:./miniperl: /sbin/loader: Fatal Error: cannot map libperl.so
There is also an potential problem with the shared perl library if you want to have more than one "flavor" of the same version of perl (e.g. with and without -DDEBUGGING). For example, suppose you build and install a standard Perl 5.004 with a shared library. Then, suppose you try to build Perl 5.004 with -DDEBUGGING enabled, but everything else the same, including all the installation directories. How can you ensure that your newly built perl will link with your newly built libperl.so.4 rather with the installed libperl.so.4? The answer is that you might not be able to. The installation directory is encoded in the perl binary with the LD_RUN_PATH environment variable (or equivalent ld command-line option). On Solaris, you can override that with LD_LIBRARY_PATH; on Linux you can't. On Digital Unix, you can override LD_LIBRARY_PATH by setting the _RLD_ROOT environment variable to point to the perl build directory.
The only reliable answer is that you should specify a different directory for the architecture-dependent library for your -DDEBUGGING version of perl. You can do this by changing all the *archlib* variables in config.sh to point to your new architecture-dependent library.
Perl relies heavily on malloc(3) to grow data structures as needed, so perl's performance can be noticeably affected by the performance of the malloc function on your system. The perl source is shipped with a version of malloc that has been optimized for the typical requests from perl, so there's a chance that it may be both faster and use less memory than your system malloc.
However, if your system already has an excellent malloc, or if you are experiencing difficulties with extensions that use third-party libraries that call malloc, then you should probably use your system's malloc. (Or, you might wish to explore the malloc flags discussed below.)
- Using the system malloc
To build without perl's malloc, you can use the Configure command
sh Configure -Uusemymalloc
or you can answer 'n' at the appropriate interactive Configure prompt.
NOTE: This flag is enabled automatically on some platforms if you asked for binary compatibility with version 5.005, or if you just run Configure to accept all the defaults on those platforms. You can refuse the automatic binary compatibility flags wholesale by running:
sh Configure -Ubincompat5005
or by answering 'n' at the appropriate prompt.
Perl's malloc family of functions are called Perl_malloc(), Perl_realloc(), Perl_calloc() and Perl_mfree(). When this flag is not enabled, the names do not clash with the system versions of these functions.
If enabled, Perl's malloc family of functions will have the same names as the system versions. This may be sometimes required when you have libraries that like to free() data that may have been allocated by Perl_malloc() and vice versa.
Note that enabling this option may sometimes lead to duplicate symbols from the linker for malloc et al. In such cases, the system probably does not allow its malloc functions to be fully replaced with custom versions.
You can run perl scripts under the perl debugger at any time with perl -d your_script. If, however, you want to debug perl itself, you probably want to do
sh Configure -Doptimize='-g'
This will do two independent things: First, it will force compilation to use cc -g so that you can use your system's debugger on the executable. (Note: Your system may actually require something like cc -g2. Check your man pages for cc(1) and also any hint file for your system.) Second, it will add -DDEBUGGING to your ccflags variable in config.sh so that you can use perl -D to access perl's internal state. (Note: Configure will only add -DDEBUGGING by default if you are not reusing your old config.sh. If you want to reuse your old config.sh, then you can just edit it and change the optimize and ccflags variables by hand and then propagate your changes as shown in "Propagating your changes to config.sh" below.)
You can actually specify -g and -DDEBUGGING independently, but usually it's convenient to have both.
If you are using a shared libperl, see the warnings about multiple versions of perl under "Building a shared libperl.so Perl library".
By default, Configure will offer to build every extension which appears to be supported. For example, Configure will offer to build GDBM_File only if it is able to find the gdbm library. (See examples below.) B, DynaLoader, Fcntl, IO, and attrs are always built by default. Configure does not contain code to test for POSIX compliance, so POSIX is always built by default as well. If you wish to skip POSIX, you can set the Configure variable useposix=false either in a hint file or from the Configure command line. Similarly, the Opcode extension is always built by default, but you can skip it by setting the Configure variable useopcode=false either in a hint file for from the command line.
You can learn more about each of these extensions by consulting the documentation in the individual .pm modules, located under the ext/ subdirectory.
Even if you do not have dynamic loading, you must still build the DynaLoader extension; you should just build the stub dl_none.xs version. (Configure will suggest this as the default.)
In summary, here are the Configure command-line variables you can set to turn off each extension:
B (Always included by default) DB_File i_db DynaLoader (Must always be included as a static extension) Fcntl (Always included by default) GDBM_File i_gdbm IO (Always included by default) NDBM_File i_ndbm ODBM_File i_dbm POSIX useposix SDBM_File (Always included by default) Opcode useopcode Socket d_socket Threads usethreads attrs (Always included by default)
Thus to skip the NDBM_File extension, you can use
sh Configure -Ui_ndbm
Again, this is taken care of automatically if you don't have the ndbm library.
Of course, you may always run Configure interactively and select only the extensions you want.
Note: The DB_File module will only work with version 1.x of Berkeley DB or newer releases of version 2. Configure will automatically detect this for you and refuse to try to build DB_File with earlier releases of version 2.
If you re-use your old config.sh but change your system (e.g. by adding libgdbm) Configure will still offer your old choices of extensions for the default answer, but it will also point out the discrepancy to you.
Finally, if you have dynamic loading (most modern Unix systems do) remember that these extensions do not increase the size of your perl executable, nor do they impact start-up time, so you probably might as well build all the ones that will work on your system.
Perl5 comes with interfaces to number of database extensions, including dbm, ndbm, gdbm, and Berkeley db. For each extension, if Configure can find the appropriate header files and libraries, it will automatically include that extension. The gdbm and db libraries are not included with perl. See the library documentation for how to obtain the libraries.
If your database header (.h) files are not in a directory normally searched by your C compiler, then you will need to include the appropriate -I/your/directory option when prompted by Configure. If your database library (.a) files are not in a directory normally searched by your C compiler and linker, then you will need to include the appropriate -L/your/directory option when prompted by Configure. See the examples below.
- gdbm in /usr/local
Suppose you have gdbm and want Configure to find it and build the GDBM_File extension. This example assumes you have gdbm.h installed in /usr/local/include/gdbm.h and libgdbm.a installed in /usr/local/lib/libgdbm.a. Configure should figure all the necessary steps out automatically.
Specifically, when Configure prompts you for flags for your C compiler, you should include -I/usr/local/include.
When Configure prompts you for linker flags, you should include -L/usr/local/lib.
If you are using dynamic loading, then when Configure prompts you for linker flags for dynamic loading, you should again include -L/usr/local/lib.
Again, this should all happen automatically. This should also work if you have gdbm installed in any of (/usr/local, /opt/local, /usr/gnu, /opt/gnu, /usr/GNU, or /opt/GNU).
- gdbm in /usr/you
Suppose you have gdbm installed in some place other than /usr/local/, but you still want Configure to find it. To be specific, assume you have /usr/you/include/gdbm.h and /usr/you/lib/libgdbm.a. You still have to add -I/usr/you/include to cc flags, but you have to take an extra step to help Configure find libgdbm.a. Specifically, when Configure prompts you for library directories, you have to add /usr/you/lib to the list.
It is possible to specify this from the command line too (all on one line):
sh Configure -de \ -Dlocincpth="/usr/you/include" \ -Dloclibpth="/usr/you/lib"
locincpth is a space-separated list of include directories to search. Configure will automatically add the appropriate -I directives.
loclibpth is a space-separated list of library directories to search. Configure will automatically add the appropriate -L directives. If you have some libraries under /usr/local/ and others under /usr/you, then you have to include both, namely
sh Configure -de \ -Dlocincpth="/usr/you/include /usr/local/include" \ -Dloclibpth="/usr/you/lib /usr/local/lib"
If you run into problems, try some of the following ideas. If none of them help, then see "Reporting Problems" below.
- Running Configure Interactively
If Configure runs into trouble, remember that you can always run Configure interactively so that you can check (and correct) its guesses.
All the installation questions have been moved to the top, so you don't have to wait for them. Once you've handled them (and your C compiler and flags) you can type &-d at the next Configure prompt and Configure will use the defaults from then on.
If you find yourself trying obscure command line incantations and config.over tricks, I recommend you run Configure interactively instead. You'll probably save yourself time in the long run.
- Hint files
The perl distribution includes a number of system-specific hints files in the hints/ directory. If one of them matches your system, Configure will offer to use that hint file.
Several of the hint files contain additional important information. If you have any problems, it is a good idea to read the relevant hint file for further information. See hints/solaris_2.sh for an extensive example. More information about writing good hints is in the hints/README.hints file.
- *** WHOA THERE!!! ***
Occasionally, Configure makes a wrong guess. For example, on SunOS 4.1.3, Configure incorrectly concludes that tzname is in the standard C library. The hint file is set up to correct for this. You will see a message:
*** WHOA THERE!!! *** The recommended value for $d_tzname on this machine was "undef"! Keep the recommended value? [y]
You should always keep the recommended value unless, after reading the relevant section of the hint file, you are sure you want to try overriding it.
If you are re-using an old config.sh, the word "previous" will be used instead of "recommended". Again, you will almost always want to keep the previous value, unless you have changed something on your system.
For example, suppose you have added libgdbm.a to your system and you decide to reconfigure perl to use GDBM_File. When you run Configure again, you will need to add -lgdbm to the list of libraries. Now, Configure will find your gdbm include file and library and will issue a message:
*** WHOA THERE!!! *** The previous value for $i_gdbm on this machine was "undef"! Keep the previous value? [y]
In this case, you do not want to keep the previous value, so you should answer 'n'. (You'll also have to manually add GDBM_File to the list of dynamic extensions to build.)
- Changing Compilers
If you change compilers or make other significant changes, you should probably not re-use your old config.sh. Simply remove it or rename it, e.g. mv config.sh config.sh.old. Then rerun Configure with the options you want to use.
This is a common source of problems. If you change from cc to gcc, you should almost always remove your old config.sh.
- Propagating your changes to config.sh
If you make any changes to config.sh, you should propagate them to all the .SH files by running
sh Configure -S
You will then have to rebuild by running
make depend make
You can also supply a shell script config.over to over-ride Configure's guesses. It will get loaded up at the very end, just before config.sh is created. You have to be careful with this, however, as Configure does no checking that your changes make sense.
Many of the system dependencies are contained in config.h. Configure builds config.h by running the config_h.SH script. The values for the variables are taken from config.sh.
If there are any problems, you can edit config.h directly. Beware, though, that the next time you run Configure, your changes will be lost.
If you have any additional changes to make to the C compiler command line, they can be made in cflags.SH. For instance, to turn off the optimizer on toke.c, find the line in the switch structure for toke.c and put the command optimize='-g' before the ;; . You can also edit cflags directly, but beware that your changes will be lost the next time you run Configure.
To explore various ways of changing ccflags from within a hint file, see the file hints/README.hints.
To change the C flags for all the files, edit config.sh and change either $ccflags or $optimize, and then re-run
sh Configure -S make depend
- No sh
If you don't have sh, you'll have to copy the sample file Porting/config_H to config.h and edit the config.h to reflect your system's peculiarities. You'll probably also have to extensively modify the extension building mechanism.
- Environment variable clashes
Configure uses a CONFIG variable that is reported to cause trouble on ReliantUnix 5.44. If your system sets this variable, you can try unsetting it before you run Configure. Configure should eventually be fixed to avoid polluting the namespace of the environment.
- Digital UNIX/Tru64 UNIX and BIN_SH
In Digital UNIX/Tru64 UNIX, Configure might abort with
Build a threading Perl? [n] Configure: Syntax error at line 1 : `config.sh' is not expected.
This indicates that Configure is being run with a broken Korn shell (even though you think you are using a Bourne shell by using "sh Configure" or "./Configure"). The Korn shell bug has been reported to Compaq as of February 1999 but in the meanwhile, the reason ksh is being used is that you have the environment variable BIN_SH set to 'xpg4'. This causes /bin/sh to delegate its duties to /bin/posix/sh (a ksh). Unset the environment variable and rerun Configure.
- HP-UX 11, pthreads, and libgdbm
If you are running Configure with -Dusethreads in HP-UX 11, be warned that POSIX threads and libgdbm (the GNU dbm library) compiled before HP-UX 11 do not mix. This will cause a basic test run by Configure to fail
Pthread internal error: message: __libc_reinit() failed, file: ../pthreads/pthread.c, line: 1096 Return Pointer is 0xc082bf33 sh: 5345 Quit(coredump)
and Configure will give up. The cure is to recompile and install libgdbm under HP-UX 11.
- Porting information
Specific information for the OS/2, Plan9, VMS and Win32 ports is in the corresponding README files and subdirectories. Additional information, including a glossary of all those config.sh variables, is in the Porting subdirectory. Especially Porting/Glossary should come in handy.
Ports for other systems may also be available. You should check out http://www.perl.com/CPAN/ports for current information on ports to various other operating systems.
If you plan to port Perl to a new architecture study carefully the section titled "Philosophical Issues in Patching and Porting Perl" in the file Porting/pumpkin.pod and the file Porting/patching.pod. Study also how other non-UNIX ports have solved problems.
This will look for all the includes. The output is stored in makefile. The only difference between Makefile and makefile is the dependencies at the bottom of makefile. If you have to make any changes, you should edit makefile, not Makefile since the Unix make command reads makefile first. (On non-Unix systems, the output may be stored in a different file. Check the value of $firstmakefile in your config.sh if in doubt.)
Configure will offer to do this step for you, so it isn't listed explicitly above.
This will attempt to make perl in the current directory.
If you can't compile successfully, try some of the following ideas. If none of them help, and careful reading of the error message and the relevant manual pages on your system doesn't help, then see "Reporting Problems" below.
If you used a hint file, try reading the comments in the hint file for further tips and information.
If you can successfully build miniperl, but the process crashes during the building of extensions, you should run
to test your version of miniperl.
If you have any locale-related environment variables set, try unsetting them. I have some reports that some versions of IRIX hang while running ./miniperl configpm with locales other than the C locale. See the discussion under "make test" below about locales and the whole "Locale problems" section in the file pod/perllocale.pod. The latter is especially useful if you see something like this
perl: warning: Setting locale failed. perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings: LC_ALL = "En_US", LANG = (unset) are supported and installed on your system. perl: warning: Falling back to the standard locale ("C").
at Perl startup.
If you get varargs problems with gcc, be sure that gcc is installed correctly and that you are not passing -I/usr/include to gcc. When using gcc, you should probably have i_stdarg='define' and i_varargs='undef' in config.sh. The problem is usually solved by running fixincludes correctly. If you do change config.sh, don't forget to propagate your changes (see "Propagating your changes to config.sh" below). See also the "vsprintf" item below.
If you get error messages such as the following (the exact line numbers and function name may vary in different versions of perl):
util.c: In function `Perl_form': util.c:1107: number of arguments doesn't match prototype proto.h:125: prototype declaration
it might well be a symptom of the gcc "varargs problem". See the previous "varargs" item.
- Solaris and SunOS dynamic loading
If you have problems with dynamic loading using gcc on SunOS or Solaris, and you are using GNU as and GNU ld, you may need to add -B/bin/ (for SunOS) or -B/usr/ccs/bin/ (for Solaris) to your $ccflags, $ldflags, and $lddlflags so that the system's versions of as and ld are used. Note that the trailing '/' is required. Alternatively, you can use the GCC_EXEC_PREFIX environment variable to ensure that Sun's as and ld are used. Consult your gcc documentation for further information on the -B option and the GCC_EXEC_PREFIX variable.
One convenient way to ensure you are not using GNU as and ld is to invoke Configure with
sh Configure -Dcc='gcc -B/usr/ccs/bin/'
for Solaris systems. For a SunOS system, you must use -B/bin/ instead.
Alternatively, recent versions of GNU ld reportedly work if you include
-Wl,-export-dynamicin the ccdlflags variable in config.sh.
- ld.so.1: ./perl: fatal: relocation error:
If you get this message on SunOS or Solaris, and you're using gcc, it's probably the GNU as or GNU ld problem in the previous item "Solaris and SunOS dynamic loading".
If you run into dynamic loading problems, check your setting of the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable. If you're creating a static Perl library (libperl.a rather than libperl.so) it should build fine with LD_LIBRARY_PATH unset, though that may depend on details of your local set-up.
- dlopen: stub interception failed
The primary cause of the 'dlopen: stub interception failed' message is that the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable includes a directory which is a symlink to /usr/lib (such as /lib).
The reason this causes a problem is quite subtle. The file libdl.so.1.0 actually *only* contains functions which generate 'stub interception failed' errors! The runtime linker intercepts links to "/usr/lib/libdl.so.1.0" and links in internal implementation of those functions instead. [Thanks to Tim Bunce for this explanation.]
- nm extraction
If Configure seems to be having trouble finding library functions, try not using nm extraction. You can do this from the command line with
sh Configure -Uusenm
or by answering the nm extraction question interactively. If you have previously run Configure, you should not reuse your old config.sh.
- umask not found
If the build processes encounters errors relating to umask(), the problem is probably that Configure couldn't find your umask() system call. Check your config.sh. You should have d_umask='define'. If you don't, this is probably the "nm extraction" problem discussed above. Also, try reading the hints file for your system for further information.
If you run into problems with vsprintf in compiling util.c, the problem is probably that Configure failed to detect your system's version of vsprintf(). Check whether your system has vprintf(). (Virtually all modern Unix systems do.) Then, check the variable d_vprintf in config.sh. If your system has vprintf, it should be:
If Configure guessed wrong, it is likely that Configure guessed wrong on a number of other common functions too. This is probably the "nm extraction" problem discussed above.
If you run into problems relating to do_aspawn or do_spawn, the problem is probably that Configure failed to detect your system's fork() function. Follow the procedure in the previous item on "nm extraction".
- __inet_* errors
If you receive unresolved symbol errors during Perl build and/or test referring to __inet_* symbols, check to see whether BIND 8.1 is installed. It installs a /usr/local/include/arpa/inet.h that refers to these symbols. Versions of BIND later than 8.1 do not install inet.h in that location and avoid the errors. You should probably update to a newer version of BIND. If you can't, you can either link with the updated resolver library provided with BIND 8.1 or rename /usr/local/bin/arpa/inet.h during the Perl build and test process to avoid the problem.
- #error "No DATAMODEL_NATIVE specified"
This is a common error when trying to build perl on Solaris 2.6 with a gcc installation from Solaris 2.5 or 2.5.1. The Solaris header files changed, so you need to update your gcc installation. You can either rerun the fixincludes script from gcc or take the opportunity to update your gcc installation.
If you can't compile successfully, try turning off your compiler's optimizer. Edit config.sh and change the line
then propagate your changes with sh Configure -S and rebuild with make depend; make.
If you still can't compile successfully, try:
sh Configure -Accflags=-DCRIPPLED_CC
This flag simplifies some complicated expressions for compilers that get indigestion easily. (Just because you get no errors doesn't mean it compiled right!)
- Missing functions
If you have missing routines, you probably need to add some library or other, or you need to undefine some feature that Configure thought was there but is defective or incomplete. Look through config.h for likely suspects. If Configure guessed wrong on a number of functions, you might have the "nm extraction" problem discussed above.
Some compilers will not compile or optimize the larger files (such as toke.c) without some extra switches to use larger jump offsets or allocate larger internal tables. You can customize the switches for each file in cflags. It's okay to insert rules for specific files into makefile since a default rule only takes effect in the absence of a specific rule.
- Missing dbmclose
SCO prior to 3.2.4 may be missing dbmclose(). An upgrade to 3.2.4 that includes libdbm.nfs (which includes dbmclose()) may be available.
- Note (probably harmless): No library found for -lsomething
If you see such a message during the building of an extension, but the extension passes its tests anyway (see "make test" below), then don't worry about the warning message. The extension Makefile.PL goes looking for various libraries needed on various systems; few systems will need all the possible libraries listed. For example, a system may have -lcposix or -lposix, but it's unlikely to have both, so most users will see warnings for the one they don't have. The phrase 'probably harmless' is intended to reassure you that nothing unusual is happening, and the build process is continuing.
On the other hand, if you are building GDBM_File and you get the message
Note (probably harmless): No library found for -lgdbm
then it's likely you're going to run into trouble somewhere along the line, since it's hard to see how you can use the GDBM_File extension without the -lgdbm library.
It is true that, in principle, Configure could have figured all of this out, but Configure and the extension building process are not quite that tightly coordinated.
- sh: ar: not found
This is a message from your shell telling you that the command 'ar' was not found. You need to check your PATH environment variable to make sure that it includes the directory with the 'ar' command. This is a common problem on Solaris, where 'ar' is in the /usr/ccs/bin directory.
- db-recno failure on tests 51, 53 and 55
Old versions of the DB library (including the DB library which comes with FreeBSD 2.1) had broken handling of recno databases with modified bval settings. Upgrade your DB library or OS.
- Bad arg length for semctl, is XX, should be ZZZ
If you get this error message from the lib/ipc_sysv test, your System V IPC may be broken. The XX typically is 20, and that is what ZZZ also should be. Consider upgrading your OS, or reconfiguring your OS to include the System V semaphores.
- lib/ipc_sysv........semget: No space left on device
Either your account or the whole system has run out of semaphores. Or both. Either list the semaphores with "ipcs" and remove the unneeded ones (which ones these are depends on your system and applications) with "ipcrm -s SEMAPHORE_ID_HERE" or configure more semaphores to your system.
- GNU binutils
If you mix GNU binutils (nm, ld, ar) with equivalent vendor-supplied tools you may be in for some trouble. For example creating archives with an old GNU 'ar' and then using a new current vendor-supplied 'ld' may lead into linking problems. Either recompile your GNU binutils under your current operating system release, or modify your PATH not to include the GNU utils before running Configure, or specify the vendor-supplied utilities explicitly to Configure, for example by Configure -Dar=/bin/ar.
Some additional things that have been reported for either perl4 or perl5:
Genix may need to use libc rather than libc_s, or #undef VARARGS.
NCR Tower 32 (OS 2.01.01) may need -W2,-Sl,2000 and #undef MKDIR.
UTS may need one or more of -DCRIPPLED_CC, -K or -g, and undef LSTAT.
FreeBSD can fail the lib/ipc_sysv.t test if SysV IPC has not been configured to the kernel. Perl tries to detect this, though, and you will get a message telling what to do.
If you get syntax errors on '(', try -DCRIPPLED_CC.
Machines with half-implemented dbm routines will need to #undef I_ODBM
HP-UX 11 Y2K patch "Y2K-1100 B.11.00.B0125 HP-UX Core OS Year 2000 Patch Bundle" has been reported to break the io/fs test #18 which tests whether utime() can change timestamps. The Y2K patch seems to break utime() so that over NFS the timestamps do not get changed (on local filesystems utime() still works).
This will run the regression tests on the perl you just made. If 'make test' doesn't say "All tests successful" then something went wrong. See the file t/README in the t subdirectory.
Note that you can't run the tests in background if this disables opening of /dev/tty. You can use 'make test-notty' in that case but a few tty tests will be skipped.
If make test bombs out, just cd to the t directory and run ./TEST by hand to see if it makes any difference. If individual tests bomb, you can run them by hand, e.g.,
Another way to get more detailed information about failed tests and individual subtests is to cd to the t directory and run
(this assumes that most basic tests succeed, since harness uses complicated constructs).
You should also read the individual tests to see if there are any helpful comments that apply to your system.
Note: One possible reason for errors is that some external programs may be broken due to the combination of your environment and the way make test exercises them. For example, this may happen if you have one or more of these environment variables set: LC_ALL LC_CTYPE LC_COLLATE LANG. In some versions of UNIX, the non-English locales are known to cause programs to exhibit mysterious errors.
If you have any of the above environment variables set, please try
setenv LC_ALL C
(for C shell) or
for Bourne or Korn shell) from the command line and then retry make test. If the tests then succeed, you may have a broken program that is confusing the testing. Please run the troublesome test by hand as shown above and see whether you can locate the program. Look for things like: exec, `backquoted command`, system, open("|...") or open("...|"). All these mean that Perl is trying to run some external program.
- Out of memory
On some systems, particularly those with smaller amounts of RAM, some of the tests in t/op/pat.t may fail with an "Out of memory" message. Specifically, in perl5.004_64, tests 74 and 78 have been reported to fail on some systems. On my SparcStation IPC with 8 MB of RAM, test 78 will fail if the system is running any other significant tasks at the same time.
Try stopping other jobs on the system and then running the test by itself:
cd t; ./perl op/pat.t
to see if you have any better luck. If your perl still fails this test, it does not necessarily mean you have a broken perl. This test tries to exercise the regular expression subsystem quite thoroughly, and may well be far more demanding than your normal usage.
This will put perl into the public directory you specified to Configure; by default this is /usr/local/bin. It will also try to put the man pages in a reasonable place. It will not nroff the man pages, however. You may need to be root to run make install. If you are not root, you must own the directories in question and you should ignore any messages about chown not working.
If you want to install perl under a name other than "perl" (for example, when installing perl with special features enabled, such as debugging), indicate the alternate name on the "make install" line, such as:
make install PERLNAME=myperl
You can separately change the base used for versioned names (like "perl5.005") by setting PERLNAME_VERBASE, like
make install PERLNAME=perl5 PERLNAME_VERBASE=perl
This can be useful if you have to install perl as "perl5" (due to an ancient version in /usr/bin supplied by your vendor, eg). Without this the versioned binary would be called "perl55.005".
If you want to see exactly what will happen without installing anything, you can run
./perl installperl -n ./perl installman -n
make install will install the following:
perl, perl5.nnn where nnn is the current release number. This will be a link to perl. suidperl, sperl5.nnn If you requested setuid emulation. a2p awk-to-perl translator cppstdin This is used by perl -P, if your cc -E can't read from stdin. c2ph, pstruct Scripts for handling C structures in header files. s2p sed-to-perl translator find2perl find-to-perl translator h2ph Extract constants and simple macros from C headers h2xs Converts C .h header files to Perl extensions. perlbug Tool to report bugs in Perl. perldoc Tool to read perl's pod documentation. pl2pm Convert Perl 4 .pl files to Perl 5 .pm modules pod2html, Converters from perl's pod documentation format pod2latex, to other useful formats. pod2man, and pod2text splain Describe Perl warnings and errors dprofpp Perl code profile post-processor library files in $privlib and $archlib specified to Configure, usually under /usr/local/lib/perl5/. man pages in $man1dir, usually /usr/local/man/man1. module man pages in $man3dir, usually /usr/local/man/man3. pod/*.pod in $privlib/pod/.
Installperl will also create the directories listed above in "Installation Directories".
Perl's *.h header files and the libperl.a library are also installed under $archlib so that any user may later build new modules, run the optional Perl compiler, or embed the perl interpreter into another program even if the Perl source is no longer available.
In general, you can usually safely upgrade from one version of Perl (e.g. 5.004_04) to another similar version (e.g. 5.004_05) without re-compiling all of your add-on extensions. You can also safely leave the old version around in case the new version causes you problems for some reason. For example, if you want to be sure that your script continues to run with 5.004_04, simply replace the '#!/usr/local/bin/perl' line at the top of the script with the particular version you want to run, e.g. #!/usr/local/bin/perl5.00404.
Most extensions will probably not need to be recompiled to use with a newer version of perl. Here is how it is supposed to work. (These examples assume you accept all the Configure defaults.)
Suppose you already have version 5.005_03 installed. The directories searched by 5.005_03 are
/usr/local/lib/perl5/5.00503/$archname /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.00503 /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.005/$archname /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.005
Now, suppose you install version 5.6. The directories searched by version 5.6 will be
/usr/local/lib/perl5/5.6/$archname /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.6 /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.6/$archname /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.6 /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.005/$archname /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.005
Notice the last two entries -- Perl understands the default structure of the $sitelib directories and will look back in older, compatible directories. This way, modules installed under 5.005_03 will continue to be usable by 5.005_03 but will also accessible to 5.6. Further, suppose that you upgrade a module to one which requires features present only in 5.6. That new module will get installed into /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.6 and will be available to 5.6, but will not interfere with the 5.005_03 version.
Also, by default, 5.6 will look in
for 5.004-era pure perl modules.
Lastly, suppose you now install version 5.6.1. The directories searched by 5.6.1 will be
/usr/local/lib/perl5/5.6.1/$archname /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.6.1 /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.6/$archname /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.6 /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.005/$archname /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.005 /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/
When you install an add-on extension, it gets installed into $sitelib (or $sitearch if it is architecture-specific). This directory deliberately does NOT include the sub-version number (01) so that both 5.6 and 5.6.1 can use the extension.
However, if you do run into problems, and you want to continue to use the old version of perl along with your extension, move those extension files to the appropriate version directory, such as $privlib (or $archlib). (The extension's .packlist file lists the files installed with that extension. For the Tk extension, for example, the list of files installed is in $sitearch/auto/Tk/.packlist.) Then use your newer version of perl to rebuild and re-install the extension into $sitelib. This way, Perl 5.6 will find your files in the 5.6 directory, and newer versions of perl will find your newer extension in the $sitelib directory. (This is also why perl searches the site-specific libraries last.)
Alternatively, if you are willing to reinstall all your modules every time you upgrade perl, then you can include the subversion number in $sitearch and $sitelib when you run Configure.
Many users prefer to keep all versions of perl in completely separate directories. This guarantees that an update to one version won't interfere with another version. One convenient way to do this is by using a separate prefix for each version, such as
sh Configure -Dprefix=/opt/perl5.004
and adding /opt/perl5.004/bin to the shell PATH variable. Such users may also wish to add a symbolic link /usr/local/bin/perl so that scripts can still start with #!/usr/local/bin/perl.
Others might share a common directory for maintenance sub-versions (e.g. 5.004 for all 5.004_0x versions), but change directory with each major version.
If you are installing a development subversion, you probably ought to seriously consider using a separate directory, since development subversions may not have all the compatibility wrinkles ironed out yet.
Extensions built and installed with versions of perl prior to 5.005_50 will need to be recompiled to be used with 5.005_50 and later. You will, however, be able to continue using 5.005 even after you install 5.6. The 5.005 binary will still be able to find the modules built under 5.005; the 5.6 binary will look in the new $sitearch and $sitelib directories, and will not find them. See also your installed copy of the perllocal.pod file for a (possibly incomplete) list of locally installed modules. Note that you want perllocal.pod not perllocale.pod for installed module information.
You can safely install perl5 even if you want to keep perl4 around.
By default, the perl5 libraries go into /usr/local/lib/perl5/, so they don't override the perl4 libraries in /usr/local/lib/perl/.
In your /usr/local/bin directory, you should have a binary named perl4.036. That will not be touched by the perl5 installation process. Most perl4 scripts should run just fine under perl5. However, if you have any scripts that require perl4, you can replace the #! line at the top of them by #!/usr/local/bin/perl4.036 (or whatever the appropriate pathname is). See pod/perltrap.pod for possible problems running perl4 scripts under perl5.
Some perl scripts need to be able to obtain information from the system header files. This command will convert the most commonly used header files in /usr/include into files that can be easily interpreted by perl. These files will be placed in the architecture-dependent library ($archlib) directory you specified to Configure.
Note: Due to differences in the C and perl languages, the conversion of the header files is not perfect. You will probably have to hand-edit some of the converted files to get them to parse correctly. For example, h2ph breaks spectacularly on type casting and certain structures.
Some sites may wish to make perl documentation available in HTML format. The installhtml utility can be used to convert pod documentation into linked HTML files and install them.
Currently, the supplied ./installhtml script does not make use of the html Configure variables. This should be fixed in a future release.
The following command-line is an example of one used to convert perl documentation:
./installhtml \ --podroot=. \ --podpath=lib:ext:pod:vms \ --recurse \ --htmldir=/perl/nmanual \ --htmlroot=/perl/nmanual \ --splithead=pod/perlipc \ --splititem=pod/perlfunc \ --libpods=perlfunc:perlguts:perlvar:perlrun:perlop \ --verbose
See the documentation in installhtml for more details. It can take many minutes to execute a large installation and you should expect to see warnings like "no title", "unexpected directive" and "cannot resolve" as the files are processed. We are aware of these problems (and would welcome patches for them).
You may find it helpful to run installhtml twice. That should reduce the number of "cannot resolve" warnings.
Some sites may also wish to make the documentation in the pod/ directory available in TeX format. Type
(cd pod && make tex && <process the latex files>)
If you have difficulty building perl, and none of the advice in this file helps, and careful reading of the error message and the relevant manual pages on your system doesn't help either, then you should send a message to either the comp.lang.perl.misc newsgroup or to email@example.com with an accurate description of your problem.
Please include the output of the ./myconfig shell script that comes with the distribution. Alternatively, you can use the perlbug program that comes with the perl distribution, but you need to have perl compiled before you can use it. (If you have not installed it yet, you need to run
./perl -Ilib utils/perlbug instead of a plain
Please try to make your message brief but clear. Trim out unnecessary information. Do not include large files (such as config.sh or a complete Configure or make log) unless absolutely necessary. Do not include a complete transcript of your build session. Just include the failing commands, the relevant error messages, and whatever preceding commands are necessary to give the appropriate context. Plain text should usually be sufficient--fancy attachments or encodings may actually reduce the number of people who read your message. Your message will get relayed to over 400 subscribers around the world so please try to keep it brief but clear.
Read the manual entries before running perl. The main documentation is in the pod/ subdirectory and should have been installed during the build process. Type man perl to get started. Alternatively, you can type perldoc perl to use the supplied perldoc script. This is sometimes useful for finding things in the library modules.
Under UNIX, you can produce a documentation book in postscript form, along with its table of contents, by going to the pod/ subdirectory and running (either):
./roffitall -groff # If you have GNU groff installed ./roffitall -psroff # If you have psroff
This will leave you with two postscript files ready to be printed. (You may need to fix the roffitall command to use your local troff set-up.)
Note that you must have performed the installation already before running the above, since the script collects the installed files to generate the documentation.
Original author: Andy Dougherty firstname.lastname@example.org , borrowing very heavily from the original README by Larry Wall, with lots of helpful feedback and additions from the email@example.com folks.
If you have problems, corrections, or questions, please see "Reporting Problems" above.
This document is part of the Perl package and may be distributed under the same terms as perl itself, with the following additional request: If you are distributing a modified version of perl (perhaps as part of a larger package) please do modify these installation instructions and the contact information to match your distribution.
$Id: INSTALL,v 1.58 1999/07/23 14:43:00 doughera Exp $