forcing ports to use Perl 5.8.8

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Thu Nov 5 07:34:47 UTC 2009

rihad wrote:
> Hello, I need to install security/p5-Digest-HMAC from the ports, but 
> _only_ with the currently installed Perl 5.8.8, without it being 
> upgraded to 5.8.9 as a dependency (because some other software dumps 
> core with Perl 5.8.9). How can I as a user cleanly tell the system to 
> stay with 5.8.8 and still be able to upgrade any other port, even all of 
> them? I have in /etc/make.conf:
> PERL_VER=5.8.8
> but this isn't enough.
> /usr/ports/Mk/ has several knobs, which ones can I set in 
> /etc/make.conf to achieve what I need (stay with perl 5.8.8)?

Basically, just don't upgrade perl.  The various perl modules will adapt to
whatever version is installed.  

If you use portupgrade(1) et al, add 'perl-*' to the HOLD_PKGS array in 
/usr/local/etc/pkgtools.conf. If you use portmaster(1), create a file
+IGNOREME in /var/db/pkg/perl-5.8.8/ 



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