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A hint for building Perl 5.6.1 UNIX
To build Perl 5.6.1 from source, you must patch hints/ to add the following line *OR* edit to alter the line:

OLD: firstmakefile='makefile'
NEW: firstmakefile='fmakefile'

The reason is the default perl distribution has this filename, a temp file, set to 'makefile'. Due to the case insensitivity of HFS+, the important file "Makefile" is deleted when the build scripts try to delete the temp file "makefile".

Note: I still don't have Perl building properly but this is a big step in the right direction.
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Thought you'd like to know...
Authored by: scope on Feb 03, '02 08:17:45PM

The topic says "A hint for building Perl 6.5.1" and you start out the hint "To build Perl 5.6.1..." Anyways, I was wondering, how do you find out which version of Perl you already have installed?

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Authored by: scope on Feb 03, '02 08:50:34PM

I found it..."perl -V"

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Thought you'd like to know...
Authored by: foniksonik on Feb 03, '02 09:03:35PM

In the future you can most likely find what ever you want about these UNIX based apps by typing

man [app name here] #this will give you the manual pages for the app.

into a terminal.

or the app name and then -h will usually give you a list of options

ie: perl -h

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Editor's mistake...
Authored by: robg on Feb 03, '02 10:13:31PM

That was my bad typing on the "6.5.1" thing; it's now fixed.

Sorry about that!


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another hint for compiling
Authored by: foniksonik on Feb 03, '02 09:13:24PM

This is a hint which showed up early last year... for compiling UNIX apps on OS X, which may still have some relevance. Most currently supported UNIX apps have been updated for OS X in past months but not all... if you're having trouble with a compile you may want to try copying this file to your source directory:


The config.guess file provides the source Makefile with directory and resource structure it needs to compile on your chosen platform.

This is where I got the hint from:

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How to build 5.6.1
Authored by: pmccann on Feb 04, '02 08:47:54AM

No offence, but there's a fair bit of info around about how to build perl 5.6.1 on 10.1.x (for example, try "5.6.1 os x perl" on google). In fact the topic came up recently on, so here's the key chunk of info from the relevant thread. [[Note that there are other "how-to's" that detail the process, maybe as well or better than this one, but this is just one that I know some people have had success with.]]

Best wishes,

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