I did it a mess with perl
I'll be a long reading for you!
As an absolute beginner with Perl I've been having a go at using Perl
& DBI to connect to an Oracle server. therefore I neede to download
and install from www.cpan.org the DBD::Oracle and the new DBI.......
*The Sad Story*
Reading the poor documentation under my debian potato 2.2r3 and the
copious documentation on Perl (www.perl.org), perldoc and CPAN, and
following the advice in firstname.lastname@example.org list, not finding the
command 'cpan' in my potato installation, I finally issued:
perl -MCPAN -eshell
which (unfortunately) started a brand-new compilation and installation
(using, upon my silly declaration, /usr/bin and /usr/lib) of perl
(5.6.1), and of the DBI and DBDs I'd asked for.
*The bottom line*
So, now I have that strange, confusing mixture of a perl 5.005 coming
from a deb package and a perl 5.6.1 compiled from tarballs in CPAN
under the same /usr/bin and /usr/lib. Obviously the perl command was
overwritten during the compilation by version 5.6.1.
*Your suggestion for a way out*
Because I need various DBDs which are not included in the deb files,
is there away to fix perl as it is now in my PC?
I luckily did a complete backup of my system tarring all the main dirs
on another linux box via NFS. Therefore I could have a chance to
recover my initial, working greatly, stable configuration. But....
what should I do to install a new DBI and many DBM and whatever else
stuff from CPAN which are not included in the deb packages?