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From Jason Dixon <>
Subject mod_perl build fails on MakeMaker
Date Tue, 03 May 2005 16:30:40 GMT
I'm attempting to build a statically compiled version of 
Apache/mod_perl using a localized version of Perl 5.8.6 installed in my 
home directory. For the most part, everything is running smoothly 
except now I've run into a problem with When I try to run 
the Makefile.PL for mod_perl, MakeMaker complains that it can't find 
the Perl headers. Reviewing the perldoc for MakeMaker, it appears that 
PERL_INC should override this behavior, but it still keeps trying to 
find the headers under /usr/local instead of ~/perl5.

Here are all the steps I used to get to this point:

$ mkdir ~/perl5 ~/apache
$ cd perl-5.8.6
$ sh Configure -Umymalloc -des
$ make
$ make test
$ make install DESTDIR=~/perl5
$ mv ~/perl5/usr/local/* ~/perl5/
$ rm -rf ~/perl5/usr/
$ export 
$ cd ../mod_perl-1.29/
$ export PERL_INC=~/perl5/lib/perl5/5.8.6/x86_64-linux/CORE
$ ~/perl5/bin/perl Makefile.PL \
        PREFIX=~/perl5 \
        APACHE_PREFIX=~/apache \
        APACHE_SRC=../apache_1.3.33/src \
        DO_HTTPD=1 \
        PREP_HTTPD=1 \
        EVERYTHING=1 \

And the trailing error:

"Error: Unable to locate installed Perl libraries or Perl source code.

It is recommended that you install perl in a standard location before
building extensions. Some precompiled versions of perl do not contain
these header files, so you cannot build extensions. In such a case,
please build and install your perl from a fresh perl distribution. It
usually solves this kind of problem.

(You get this message, because MakeMaker could not find 

Why does it continue to look in /usr/local instead of ~/perl5?


Jason Dixon
DixonGroup Consulting

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