Should /usr/bin/perl be a link to /usr/local/bin/perl ?

Freddie Cash fjwcash at
Mon Oct 21 16:54:38 UTC 2013

On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM, Yuri <yuri at> wrote:

> I found that many ports specify /usr/bin/perl as an interpreter. This
> comes from Linux. Examples: valgrind-snapshot, windowmaker, enscript-a4,
> a2ps, svgalib
> /usr/bin/perl isn't installed by perl port.
> There are several solutions, in the order of increasing complexity of
> solution:
> 1. Install the link /usr/bin/perl (hackish, but it will fix many broken
> ports in one shot)

​That's already there.  A least on all my FreeBSD machines (9.0, 9.1,
9-STABLE, 10-CURRENT).  I believe that's the default for the perl ports and
you have to manually uncheck that option when building the port to break

> 2. Make a package scripts check for interpreter and break the install of
> offending packages
> 3. Fix all offending packages
> Which solution should be preferred in your opinion?
> Yuri
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