Question about ports

whitevamp whitevamp47 at
Wed Oct 6 23:44:02 PDT 2004

when u upgrade perl to a newer ver useing the ports tree its quit simple .
at the end of it installing it tell you that if u whant to use that version
u need to use this command onley once though use.perl port and then u also
need to read README in the bas dir of the ports tree IE: /usr/ports/UPDATING
in there it talks about getting all the perl progs switched over to the
newer ver of perl and thats it..  or at least that worked 4 me
PS: you might whant to look at /usr/ports/UPDATING before you go and install
perl ..thats a good file to read after u cvsup your tree
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Nikolas Britton" <freebsd at>
To: "Pierre LeBlanc" <pierre at>
Cc: <freebsd-newbies at>; <freebsd-questions at>
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2004 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: Question about ports

> Pierre LeBlanc wrote:
> >Hello,
> >
> >I'm new to the port collection and updating ports with CVSup but I
managed to
> >update the ports of my FreeBSD 4.10 system using CVSup.
> >
> >Now, I want to upgrade Perl to version 5.6 and I notice there is a perl5
> >in the list I`ve seen on:
> >
> >
> >
> >But this port is not on my system and to understand how to get perl5 in
> >port collection, I searched on the Internet for several hours without
> >
> >Can you refer me a specific page or a chapter in the FreeBSD manual that
> >describe how to do it?
> >
> Well see... the thing is is that perl is part of the base system in 4.x
> (and quasi-base in 5.x), FreeBSD is dependent on it. I like to know this
> question too, what are the pros/cons and procedure for updating perl to
> ether 5.6.x or 5.8.x
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