Building perl on OS X 10.5

David Cantrell david at
Mon Oct 6 13:19:40 BST 2008

On Fri, Oct 03, 2008 at 02:09:03PM +0100, David Cantrell wrote:

> Anyone got a clue for me on how to build perl (5.8.8 or 5.10.0) on OS X
> 10.5/Intel?  It's being bad naughty software and failing gdbm-ish tests.


The problem was that when I set up my shiny new Intel laptop it offered
to copy all my settings and data from my old PPC laptop.  That included
/usr/local.  Which included a PPC-only GDBM library.

While OS X is clever enough to be able to run PPC software, including a
PPC build of perl, what it can't do is link PPC libraries with an x86
executable.  So everything appeared to build OK, but tests failed.

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