Installing perl in a user folder
January 23, 2008 7:37 PM Subscribe
Does anyone have any experience with or tips on installing Perl without root privileges?
posted by Ritchie to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
The version of AIX I use at work has an old version of Perl (5.005) that is driving me nuts. Many of the 'core' modules are missing from the install. Occasionally I spend an evening or weekend putting together a perl script at home, only to find it won't run at work.
Our sysadmin doesn't have a lot of experience with Perl, and is a bit wary of installing a new version, particularly when a lot of overnight batch processing scripts are written in Perl, and he doesn't want to take the chance that something might break as a result of an upgrade (and I can't say I blame him).
I'm going to try installing Perl 5.8.8 at work in my own user folder. I've some experience installing Perl on my home system, but never without superuser privileges. Are there any things to be aware of, any 'gotchas', any tips that will make it easier, any things you wish you'd known before doing it? Is there any chance I could royally screw things up, even without being superuser?