[Catalyst] Catalyst in Ubuntu?

Dave Rolsky autarch at urth.org
Sun Mar 21 18:36:52 GMT 2010

On Sun, 21 Mar 2010, Matija Grabnar wrote:

> Anybody involved with Ubuntu, could you *please* check if there is still 
> time (while it is still in beta) to get more up-to-date Ubuntu packages 
> into Lucid?

They'll still be out of date quicker than you'd like. If your app is 
Catalyst-based, chances are you'll want to upgrade before the next LTS is 

One possible solution is to maintain your own forklet of the relevant 
debian unstable packages.

You could also just use dh-make-perl to build a set of packages from CPAN 
modules and use these on top of the standard Ubuntu packages. If your 
server is dedicated to this one app, those are both feasible approches.

Another approach is to package the application so it installs to a 
separate dir and uses its own libraries. These libraries could then 
consist of custom packages of Perl modules which install to a non-standard 
location. That way you can keep your app's libraries totally separate from 
the system Perl libs.

There are other approaches too.

The real point is that if you're building a Perl-based app chances are 
you're going to need to manage your dependency chain more carefully than 
"just rely on system packages".


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