[DBD-SQLite] Using System SQLite Instead of Bundled Version

Jonathan Yu jonathan.i.yu at gmail.com
Fri May 22 02:08:43 GMT 2009

Hi all:

In Debian we maintain a package for the sqlite3 libraries. We also
maintain a package for DBD::SQLite, which includes a bundled version
of sqlite3.

Judging by the Makefile.PL, there are ways to force the module to use
the system SQLite, but it has been disabled:

# 2005/6/19, by rjray at blackperl.com
# Determine if we are going to use the provided SQLite code, or an already-
# installed copy. To this end, look for two command-line parameters:
#    USE_LOCAL_SQLITE -- If non-false, force use of the installed version
#    SQLITE_LOCATION  -- If passed, look for headers and libs under this root
# In absense of either of those, expect SQLite 3.X.X libs and headers in the
# common places known to Perl or the C compiler.

# 2009/04/02
# But why do we need to use an older, system-installed library?
# Let's always use the bundled one. -- ISHIGAKI
# 2009/04/03
# For the moment, while we're fixing things, this is reasonable.
# However, logic in the form "I lack knowledge, thereforce lets do
# it this way" is not a sufficiently robust decision making process.
# Let's find out the full story first, so we can make an informed
# decision to whether to do this. -- ADAMK

>From your standpoint as DBD::SQLite developers, it makes sense - "the
system sqlite can be older than the one we're designed to work with;
how can we tell otherwise?" From a Perl developer standpoint, I think
the best place for an embedded sqlite installation is in an Alien
package. The idea with those is that you'd simply depend on
Alien::SQLite, and Alien::SQLite would install the package if

However, in Debian, we keep track of system packages such as sqlite3
and can guarantee that it is the appropriate version for use with the
bindings provided in DBD::SQLite. Ideally, those command-line
parameters above would be fantastic for us, in order to use the system
SQLite instead of the local version only.

This is because we might have patches in our sqlite3 package. If you
use the version bundled with DBD::SQLite, then obviously these patches
would be lost, which ultimately hurts our users.

So, for what it's worth, I'd just like to say that this would be a
great install feature for us, even as currently implemented (though
disabled with the whole if (0) surrounding it). I'm curious as to why
it was disabled in the first place; is it because the code for using a
system sqlite is insufficiently robust?

Thanks for any advice or suggestions you can offer. If there is a
better way to do this, I'd love to hear it.



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