So I’ve done this a few times now, and every time I go to Google to find the same article just to make sure that I follow similar, if not the same, steps.
You may be thinking “Ch’yeah, it’s just a simple configure, make, make install”, or a quick poke on the Yum stick, but maybe not. It is a good idea to keep ‘The Old Perl’ (generally 5.8.8 as I’m a centOS sucker) as removing it via yum would remove a whole bunch of other things that rely on it.
Anyway, the link to the article I mentioned is How to upgrade to Perl 5.10.0. Although it may be a little out of date, the same steps should get you up and running with the latest version of Perl, which is 5.16.1 at the time of writing.
I’m just keeping this here as a future reference, and to help out any others that may come this way looking for a walkthrough of the process..
Adieu, and happy Perling.