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PERL(1)                   BSD General Commands Manual                  PERL(1)

NAME
     perl, a2p -- Practical Extraction and Report Language

SYNOPSIS
     perl ...
     a2p ...

DESCRIPTION
     To support multiple versions, the program named perl now just selects the real version of Perl to run,
     and the program named a2p now just selects the real version of the awk-to-perl translator to run,
     depending on various settings.  The current supported versions are and , with the default being (older
     alternate versions are provided for backward-compatibility, while newer alternate versions are provided
     before we are ready to make it the default).  Use

           % man perl
           % man perl
           % man a2p
           % man a2p

     to see the man page for a specific version.  When the version is unspecified, as in:

           % man perldoc

     the man page for the (unmodified) default version of Perl () will be shown.

CHANGING THE DEFAULT PERL VERSION
     Using

           % defaults write com.apple.versioner.perl Version

     will make version the user default when running the both the perl and a2p commands (versioner is the
     internal name of the version-selection software used).

     To set a system-wide default, replace `com.apple.versioner.perl' with
     `/Library/Preferences/com.apple.versioner.perl' (admin privileges will be required).

     The environment variable VERSIONER_PERL_VERSION can also be used to set the perl and a2p version:

           % export VERSIONER_PERL_VERSION= # Bourne-like shells
                or
           % setenv VERSIONER_PERL_VERSION # C-like shells
           % perl ...

     This environment variable takes precedence over the setting in any preference file.

64-BIT SUPPORT
     Both versions of perl support 64-bit execution (which is the default).  Like the setting the version of
     Perl, the perl command can select between 32 and 64-bit execution.  Use:

           % defaults write com.apple.versioner.perl Prefer-32-Bit -bool yes

     to make 32-bit execution the user default (using `/Library/Preferences/com.apple.versioner.perl' will
     set the system-wide default).  The environment variable VERSIONER_PERL_PREFER_32_BIT can also be used
     (has precedence over the preference file):

           % export VERSIONER_PERL_PREFER_32_BIT=yes # Bourne-like shells
                or
           % setenv VERSIONER_PERL_PREFER_32_BIT yes # C-like shells

     Again, the preference setting and environmental variable applies to both perl and a2p.

USING A SPECIFIC VERSION
     Rather than using the perl command, one can use a specific version directly.  For example, running perl
     from the command line will run the version of Perl, independent of what the default version of Perl is.

     One can use a specific version of Perl on the #! line of a script, but that may have portability and
     future compatibility issues.

     Note that the preference files and environment variable that apply to the perl command, do not apply
     when running a specific version of Perl.  In particular, running perl will always default to 64-bit
     execution (unless one uses the arch(1) command to specifically select a 32-bit architecture).

SEE ALSO
     perl(1), perl(1), a2p(1), a2p(1), arch(1)

BSD                              Apr 17, 2010                              BSD

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