App::perlbrew - Manage perl installations in your $HOME
# pick a prefered CPAN mirror
# Install some Perls
perlbrew install perl-5.12.2
perlbrew install perl-5.8.1
perlbrew install perl-5.13.6
# See what were installed
# Switch perl in the $PATH
perlbrew switch perl-5.12.2
# Switch to another version
perlbrew switch perl-5.8.1
# Switch to a certain perl executable not managed by perlbrew.
perlbrew switch /usr/bin/perl
# Or turn it off completely. Useful when you messed up too deep.
# Use 'switch' command to turn it back on.
perlbrew switch perl-5.12.2
perlbrew is a program to automate the building and installation of perl in the users HOME. At the moment, it installs everything to ~/perl5/perlbrew, and requires you to tweak your PATH by including a bashrc/cshrc file it provides. You then can benefit from not having to run 'sudo' commands to install cpan modules because those are installed inside your HOME too. It's a completely separate perl environment.
To use perlbrew, it is required to install curl or wget first. perlbrew depends on one of this two external commmands to be there in order to fetch files from the internet.
The recommended way to install perlbrew is to run these statements in your shell:
curl -LO http://xrl.us/perlbrew
chmod +x perlbrew
or more simply:
curl -L http://xrl.us/perlbrewinstall | bash
After that, perlbrew installs itself to ~/perl5/perlbrew/bin, and you should follow the instruction on screen to setup your .bashrc or .cshrc to put it in your PATH.
The directory ~/perl5/perlbrew will contain all install perl executables, libraries, documentations, lib, site_libs. If you need to install perlbrew, and the perls it brews, into somewhere else because, say, your HOME has limited quota, you can do that by setting a PERLBREW_ROOT environment variable before you run ./perlbrew install.
The downloaded perlbrew is a self-contained standalone program that embeds all non-core modules it uses. It should be runnable with perl 5.8 or later versions of perl.
You may also install perlbrew from CPAN with cpan / cpanp / cpanm:
This installs 'perlbrew' into your current PATH and it is always executed with your current perl.
NOTICE. When you install or upgrade perlbrew with cpan / cpanp / cpanm, make sure you are not using one of the perls brewed with perlbrew. If so, the `perlbrew` executable you just installed will not be available after you switch to other perls. You might not be able to invoke further perlbrew commands after so because the executable perlbrew is not in your PATH anymore. Installing it again with cpan can temporarily solve this problem. To ensure you are not using a perlbrewed perl, run perlbrew off before upgrading.
It should be relatively safe to install App::perlbrew with system cpan (like /usr/bin/cpan) because then it will be installed under a system PATH like /usr/bin, which is not affected by perlbrew switch command.
Again, it is recommended to let perlbrew install itself. It's easier, and it works better.
Please read the program usage by running
(No arguments.) To read a more detailed one:
perlbrew project uses PivotalTracker for task tracking: http://www.pivotaltracker.com/projects/129997. You may also report bugs to github http://github.com/gugod/App-perlbrew/issues or RT <https://rt.cpan.org/Dist/Display.html?Queue=App-perlbrew>. They will be definitely reviewed and handled.
Kang-min Liu <email@example.com>
Copyright (c) 2010, Kang-min Liu <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The MIT License
Patches and code improvements have been contributed by:
Tatsuhiko Miyagawa, Chris Prather, Yanick Champoux, aero, Jason May, Jesse Leuhrs, Andrew Rodland, Justin Davis, Masayoshi Sekimura, castaway, jrockway, chromatic, Goro Fuji, Sawyer X, Danijel Tasov, polettix, and tokuhirom.
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To install App::perlbrew, copy and paste the appropriate command in to your terminal.
perl -MCPAN -e shell
For more information on module installation, please visit the detailed CPAN module installation guide.