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RE: [vox-tech] Need help with bad Perl
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RE: [vox-tech] Need help with bad Perl

Hi Pete,

I read the Install for Perl and it had so many "options" that it left me
totally overwhelmed. That is why I thought it was not trivial at least
compared to installing an OS.  These days installing Linux (at least
Caldera) is a piece of cake. I just re-read the Perl Install file and I
guess I did not understand the instructions correctly and as in many other
occasions you are right.  I'll give it a try otherwise I'll get a copy of
Debian He He!

Thanks a lot Pete!


BTW #1 The 7.2 is for another machine that eventually will run the Database.
Right now I am just running tests on a discarded PC before I am allowed to
touch the "real" one.

BTW #2 my boss got a kick out of you answer ;-)

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Jay Salzman [mailto:p@dirac.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2002 12:57 PM
To: vox-tech@lists.lugod.org
Subject: Re: [vox-tech] Need help with bad Perl

begin ALLO (Alfredo Lopez) <ald@novozymesbiotech.com> 
> I found out that according to one of the Bioinformatics wizards at 
> Cold Spring Harbor the problem is Perl:
> "This problem has been reported under some versions of SuSE and RedHat 
> Linux (it appears to be related to a particular RPM distribution of 
> Perl).  Perl was built incorrectly, causing some but not all loadable 
> modules to fail. The only solution I know of is to rebuild Perl 
> correctly from scratch and reinstall all previously-installed 
> modules."
their explanation doesn't say much, but it DOES say that the problem ain't
perl.  the problem is with suse and redhat's package of perl.

> Has anybody experienced this?  Is there a way to get around this other 
> than building Perl.  I don't know but for an inexperienced user like 
> me, rebuilding Perl is not a trivial exercise.

and how do you know this...experience?

how do you know that building perl isn't as easy as:

tar jxvf perl.tar.bz2
cd perl
make install

> BTY I am using the latest
> version of Caldera (Workstation 3.1) and I am getting next Friday a 
> copy of RedHat 7.2. But I am almost sure 7.2 will have the same 
> problem.

something is terribly wrong here.  you're not willing to install perl from
source code, but you ARE willing to install a new operating system.

do you see the irony here?  :-)


ps- if you still think installing an operating system is easier than
installing perl from source, i think your best recourse is to install
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