[HEADS UP] perl symlinks in /usr/bin will be gone

Holger Kipp hk at alogis.com
Sun Jan 30 03:31:23 PST 2005

On Sun, Jan 30, 2005 at 12:19:43PM +0100, Kirill Ponomarew wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 30, 2005 at 09:08:34PM +1000, Mark Sergeant wrote:
> > >If it's linux tradition to put perl in this path, perl programmers
> > >should assume another path on FreeBSD, so it isn't an argument for
> > >the proposed change.
> > >
> > As per the current perl-5.8.6 INSTALL file ...
> > 
> > It may seem obvious, but Perl is useful only when users can easily
> > find it.  It's often a good idea to have both /usr/bin/perl and
> > /usr/local/bin/perl be symlinks to the actual binary.
> /usr/bin and /usr/local/bin are *BOTH* in default $PATH.

I usually start my perl programs like

% program.pl

and not

% perl program.pl

I just tried "#! perl". This does not work. :-P
"#! /usr/bin/perl" is fine, though.

Now this really gets stupid. What is wrong with a single symlink
that most people want to keep for several very good reasons?

Holger Kipp

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