FreeBSD Setup: Install Perl

February 28, 2007

FreeBSD versions 5 and 6 no longer includes perl with the base system. That’s good and bad news for me, since I like the idea of a “stripped down” base system, but I do need perl for some of the software I’m planning on using.

It’s easy enough to install perl from the ports collection ((If you didn’t include the ports collection when you setup FreeBSD, get it now by running sysinstall and selecting ports from the Configure -> Distributions menu.)) though. Just run these commands:

cd /usr/ports/lang/perl5
make install
make clean

Keep in mind that this will install perl to /usr/local/bin/perl, rather than /usr/bin/perl as some scripts expect.

Marc Charbonneau is a mobile software engineer in Portland, OR. Want to reply to this article? Get in touch on Twitter @mbcharbonneau.