Apple Publishes Article On Installing Perl 5.8 On Jaguar

Apple has published a new article on installing Perl in Jaguar at the Apple Developer Connection. The article covers everything from setting it up to working with CPAN. From the introduction of the article, which is appropriately titled "Installing Perl 5.8 on Jaguar:"

The newest release of Appleis operating system, OS X v10.2 (Jaguar) is filled with many welcome improvements and additions. The integrated Address Book, improved Mail, System Preference tweaks—all good things. But what really excited me was the new stuff under the hood: bash, Python, gcc 3, Ruby. And what about my beloved Perl? Did they upgrade to version 5.6.1 or, better yet, get 5.8.0 installed in time?

A quick trip to the Terminal window gave me the answer:

[cpu:~] user% perl -v
This is perl, v5.6.0 built for darwin

Too bad. But there is, as always, a workaround. If youire looking to get the latest and greatest version of Perl up and running on Jaguar, Iim here to tell you how.

If you are interested in working with Perl, definitely check out the full article, which can be found at the Apple Developer Connectionis Web site. You may also be interested in our own Mac OS X Command Line 101 column, by Richard Burton.