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Special note

Perl is now available via the normal package ipkg process:

  # ipkg update

  # ipkg install unslung-feeds 

  # ipkg update

  # ipkg install perl

(note that you need to get perl from the unslung native feed)

Hint: `export PERLDOC_PAGER="less -+C -E -R"` makes perldoc more useful.

Unless you want to compile from scratch then the rest of this HowTo is not for you.


Provide Perl 5.6.1/5.8.6 binaries + perl modules on the NSLU2.

Prerequisites for installation from source:

Installation of Unslung.
GNU Make 3.80
Awk 3.1.4
Coreutils 5.2.1 (split, comm and sort)
NativeFloatingPointToolchain with flawless floating point support

Steps for installation from source:

1) Make sure you have the necessary tools installed: make, awk and coreutils. Otherwise Configure will fail.

   To install those tools add this line to your /etc/ipkg.conf file:
      src unstable http://ipkg.nslu2-linux.org/feeds/unslung/unstable

      ipkg update
      ipkg install make
      ipkg install coreutils
      ipkg install gawk

2) Get build script

   * execute
       wget http://www.familie-roellig.de/public/nslu2/perl/mk_nslu_perl561-static.sh  
       wget http://www.familie-roellig.de/public/nslu2/perl/mk_nslu_perl568-static.sh
   * review content of script, change if necessary

3) Build perl

   * execute
       sh mk_nslu_perl561.sh
       sh mk_nslu_perl586.sh
   * wait ~90..120 minutes
   * if everything is ok, perl gets configured, build, tested and installed under /opt/bin and /opt/lib

Binary installation (ipk):

For easy installation I have made perl binaries available as ipk packet. As perl must be compiled at the NSLU natively, it is not part of the unslung build procedure. Thus I have published it on a separate ipkg feed directory (see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nslu2-linux/message/2759).

Just add following line to your /etc/ipkg.conf:

    src r2004roellig http://www.familie-roellig.de/public/nslu2/unslung

To install perl just run:

    ipkg update

    select one of these options to install perl
    1) ipkg install perl
    2) ipkg install perl561-static (same as 1, just alias)
    3) ipkg install perl586-static (*)
    4) ipkg install perl561-shared (works since unslung 3.17, built with Info.NativeNSLU2Toolchain and mk_nslu_perl561-shared.sh)

    Note (*): is seems that the old ipkg-utils from unslung 1.x are not able to handle 
              the 10MB ipk file. Users of older unslung versions can use the tgz file 
              instead: http://www.familie-roellig.de/public/nslu2/unslung/perl-5.8.6-bin-static.tgz

Contact: Rene Roellig, r2004roellig@yahoo.de

You need to cd / first. Otherwise, you get this:

 # ipkg update
 Downloading http://ipkg.nslu2-linux.org/feeds/unslung/unstable/Packages
 Updated list of available packages in /usr/lib/ipkg/lists/unslung
 Downloading http://www.familie-roellig.de/public/nslu2/unslung/Packages
 Updated list of available packages in /usr/lib/ipkg/lists/r2004roellig
 # ipkg install perl
 Installing perl (5.6.1-1) to root... 
 Downloading http://www.familie-roellig.de/public/nslu2/unslung/perl_5.6.1-1_armeb.ipk
 ipkg: Cannot link from ./opt/bin/perl to './opt/bin/perl5.6.1': No such file or directory
 ipkg: Cannot link from ./opt/bin/pstruct to './opt/bin/c2ph': No such file or directory
 Configuring perl

You can fix this with:

 # ln -s /opt/bin/perl5.6.1 /opt/bin/perl
 # ln -s /opt/bin/c2ph /opt/bin/pstruct

It would be good to fix the install script to not assume that . == /


This has been fixed.



To build the IO::Compress::Zlib add '/opt/armeb/bin' to the path..

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Based on work by pTweety, gcosendai, rwhitby, uSURPER, r2004roellig, and tlhackque.
Originally by r2004roellig.
Page last modified on February 11, 2007, at 04:01 PM