I am guessing the bigger Perl has debug information within the program.

(lurking) David Green

On 8 Jan, 2009, at 0:36, Vic Norton wrote:

That is exactly what has happened, Sherm. Thanks a lot. Prior to my recent installation of Leopard, I had used MacPorts to install Perl5.8.8. So I have 5.8.8 in two places, in /usr/bin and in /opt/ local/bin. And /opt/local/bin comes earlier in my PATH than /usr/bin.

I'm going to have to think about this. Thanks for the aside!

Another curiosity. I just checked out the Perl5.8.8 files in /usr/ bin and /opt/local/bin. The /usr/bin one came with Leopard, which I bought from Apple a week or so ago. It was created on Dec 7, 2007, and it weighs 48 KB. The MacPorts perl was created on Sep 5, 2008, and weighs 1.1 MB. Why, I wonder, should one Perl5.8.8 be 25 times as big as another?



On Jan 7, 2009, at 3:06 PM, Sherm Pendley wrote:

On Jan 7, 2009, at 10:24 AM, Vic Norton wrote:

I plan to use CPANPLUS to install new packages and modules. Right now it installs them in

As an aside, I think it's kind of odd that /usr/bin/perl would do that... Are you sure there's not an /opt/local/bin/perl earlier in your PATH? If you used MacPorts to install a newer Perl, that's where it would install it.


David Green

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