Bug 2631

Summary: /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl no longer in @INC
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: nils
Component: perlAssignee: Crutcher Dunnavant <crutcher>
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Version: 6.0CC: johns, paolo.saggese
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Description nils 1999-05-07 11:29:43 UTC
the perl package as shipped with RH6.0 no longer contains
/usr/lib/perl5/site_perl but /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.005
as an include directory (@INC) which breaks many packages
which ship perl modules, e.g. gimp-1.1.5, the CPAN perl
modules (as of PowerTools 5.2) and so on.

/usr/lib/perl5/site_perl should always be in @INC otherwise
"foreign" packages (as the aforementioned ones) have to be
rebuilt with every new (major) perl version and have to be
clever enough to distinguish between perl versions that
search .../site_perl and versions that search

Comment 1 David Lawrence 1999-05-07 19:08:59 UTC
I have verified this to be true in 6.0 final.

Comment 2 joe 1999-05-23 09:17:59 UTC
Please, don't use such additional paths in @INC.

Perl has a clearly defined system for searching extensions,
patching it will sooner or later become a maintenance nightmare.
Better advise people to use the SRPMS.

------- Additional Comments From   05/23/99 09:12 -------
Then can someone of the perl wizards please explain why
/usr/lib/perl5/site_perl has been kicked out of @INC? Requiring each
and every perl package to be rebuilt after a minor (I consider
5.004 -> 5.005 as minor, you may not) perl upgrade (go ahead:
packages must "automagically" detect where to install the .pm's and
you have the mess of dynamically built file lists, ...) is to be
avoided. I'd rather have the nightmare of tweaking perl to look into
/usr/lib/perl5/site_perl again, thanks.

Comment 3 Cristian Gafton 1999-07-29 01:51:59 UTC
The change from 5.004 to 5.005 is anything but minor. It is binary
incompatible, as a matter of fact. I am not changing perl's default
@INC path because I can not fully understand all the things that will
break in the future if we do such a move now.