Solaris Package Archive -- perl 5.6.0

Solaris Package Archive

perl 5.6.0

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What is it, (from
Perl is a high-level programming language with an eclectic heritage written by Larry Wall and a cast of thousands. It derives from the ubiquitous C programming language and to a lesser extent from sed, awk, the Unix shell, and at least a dozen other tools and languages. Perl's process, file, and text manipulation facilities make it particularly well-suited for tasks involving quick prototyping, system utilities, software tools, system management tasks, database access, graphical programming, networking, and world wide web programming. These strengths make it especially popular with system administrators and CGI script authors.

The main sites for Perl are and

These packages contain versions of perl that have been compiled with the default settings, i.e. threading turned off. If you required a threaded perl then my assumption is you know enough to compile your own version and can probably package it too. Because Perl threading isn't very mature and not production quality I'm not prepared yet to configure it into the package archive releases.

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Solaris Issues
I've locked each package to the Solaris release it was built on. Only install the correct version for your system.

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Source Code
You can download the source code from

Special Issues
You should also install GNUgdbm 1.8.0 when you install this software.

See the main packages README for installation information.