Bioperl install instructions (package managers, minimum version, and perlbrew)

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Bioperl install instructions (package managers, minimum version, and perlbrew)

Carnë Draug-2
I had a series of users that were having problems installing bioperl.
These people were on Linux distributions that packaged bioperl but
they were using CPAN because that's what is recommended on the bioperl
website [1].  I now added a section at the top to check their distro
package manager first.

While reading that page, I also noticed the following:

    We also highly recommend (if possible) using a tool like perlbrew
    to locally install a modern version of perl (a version that is
    higher than perl 5.16).

Why this recommendation when the perl requirement is a much lower
version?  Does this not add more complications to the whole process
and cause more confusion to the user which will suddenly see himself
with two versions of perl installed?

Carnë

[1] http://bioperl.org/INSTALL.html

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Fields, Christopher J
We can certainly remove that strictness; the intent there was less about minimal version support and more to not bound new code development on old perl versions, particularly releases that are 8 yrs old and no longer updated (perl 5.10).

chris

On 1/12/17, 9:35 AM, "Bioperl-l on behalf of Carnë Draug" <bioperl-l-bounces+cjfields=[hidden email] on behalf of [hidden email]> wrote:

    I had a series of users that were having problems installing bioperl.
    These people were on Linux distributions that packaged bioperl but
    they were using CPAN because that's what is recommended on the bioperl
    website [1].  I now added a section at the top to check their distro
    package manager first.
   
    While reading that page, I also noticed the following:
   
        We also highly recommend (if possible) using a tool like perlbrew
        to locally install a modern version of perl (a version that is
        higher than perl 5.16).
   
    Why this recommendation when the perl requirement is a much lower
    version?  Does this not add more complications to the whole process
    and cause more confusion to the user which will suddenly see himself
    with two versions of perl installed?
   
    Carnë
   
    [1] http://bioperl.org/INSTALL.html
   
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