Re: Suggestion: Which Binary?

From: David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: David Wheeler <david(at)kineticode(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Suggestion: Which Binary?
Date: 2006-04-01 01:31:10
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On Fri, Mar 31, 2006 at 06:52:51PM -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
> David Wheeler <david(at)kineticode(dot)com> writes:
> > But that's a PITA. I'd much rather have been able to tell configure
> > *which* perl to use:
> > ./configure --with-perl=/usr/bin/perl5.8.6
> The more usual way to handle this sort of thing is to put each
> version of perl in a different directory, and then you can alter
> PATH while running configure to pick which one you want. I've got
> several versions of perl on this machine that I select that way ...
> it doesn't require any special smarts on the part of the perl-using
> program, and it scales to handle multiple versions of other things
> like Tcl, too.

You mean something more like this?

PATH=/path/to/perl:/usr/bin:/bin ./configure ...

Sounds good, except when the perl people have in mind is on the same
path as other perls. How would changing $PATH help with a situation
like that?

David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>
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