On Aug 27, 2009, at 11:15 PM, Gavin Brock wrote:

Anyone else seeing issues with Snow Leopard /usr/bin/perl modules on 64bit hardware?

/usr/bin/perl -MMacPerl -e 1
Can't load '/System/Library/Perl/Extras/5.10.0/darwin-thread- multi-2level/auto/MacPerl/MacPerl.bundle'
for module MacPerl:
/System/Library/Perl/Extras/5.10.0/darwin-thread-multi-2level/auto/ MacPerl/MacPerl.bundle: no appropriate 64-bit architecture (see "man perl" for running in 32-bit
mode) at
/System/Library/Perl/5.10.0/darwin-thread-multi-2level/ DynaLoader.pm line 207.
at /usr/local/bin/csshx line 237
Compilation failed in require at /usr/local/bin/csshx line 237.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/local/bin/csshx line 237.
This does not appear to be an issue if the /usr/bin/perl5.8.9 perl is used instead (yup - there are two perls installed on snowy!)

Sadly I'm a poor core-duo (32bit) user so I can't reproduce this - I'm just receiving bug reports...

Any insights?


Because a lot of Carbon is not available in 64-bit, and because MacPerl and other modules are based on Carbon, they can't be built 64- bit. Since perl 5.10.0 is 64-bit by default, those modules can't be loaded.

A 32-bit only machine will work fine, just as using the techniques mentioned in "man perl" for running in 32-bit mode. However, since the world is moving to 64-bit, and most of SnowLeopard is already 64- bit, moving off of modules that depend on non-64-bit software like Carbon is the long term solution.


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