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Re: Debian Perl or Brew Perl for production application?



On 7/2/19 11:20 AM, Dave Sherohman wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 01, 2019 at 06:30:19PM +0200, tomas@tuxteam.de wrote:
>> I tend to stick to Debian packages as my primary choice, resorting
>> to off-distribution packages when needed (e.g. not packaged for
>> Debian, or I /need/ a newer version). Of course it takes some foresight
>> to guess in advance whether you expect such a situation in the
>> future.
>>
>> Rationale: they mesh better with the flow of system updates/upgrades.
>>
>> I've found Perl packaging in Debian outstanding. The Debian Perl
>> packaging team does a damn good job indeed.
> 
> Pretty much the same here.  I was initially hired as a Perl developer,
> then gradually moved into more sysadmin duties and, in both roles, I
> prefer to stick with the Debian-packaged perl binary.  It gets me
> security updates as needed and the only reasons I see a particular need
> for PerlBrew and the like are:
> 
> 1) You need different compile-time options than Debian chooses
> 
> 2) You need access to a feature that's only present in a newer-than-
>    Debian Perl version
> 
> 3) You want to have the "latest and greatest" for its own sake
> 
> Personally, I've never encountered #1 or #2 in practice and if #3
> mattered to me, then I wouldn't be running Debian stable in the first
> place.
> 

+1 here, but in case one need the "latest and greatest" modules, in most
cases it's dead simple to package a not-yet-packaged module with
cpan2deb from dh-make-perl package.

One of the benefits of this approach, is that you don't need to bring
compilers and sources of the dependencies to the production machine.
Build packages on a "development" node and install binary packages on
the production.

In case you need to replicate the setup, or you have more than one
machine one can maintain a repository,making installation of a new
system way easier.

And you also can contribute back to Debian in case you packaged a new
software.

Best,
Alex


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