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The Perl package is in /usr/bin and is an older version (5.12.4) and the current stable release appears to be 5.14.2.

How do I update this version? Root access is required, and I do not want to compile new binaries to install in a directory that is in my path

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Do you have root access? –  mdpc Feb 18 '13 at 18:42

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Perl Tag:

Perl is a high-level programming language that comes installed by default in Ubuntu.

Package versions

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuBackports:

When Ubuntu releases a new version of its OS every 6 months, that release is largely frozen in time. While the software that is part of that release will get bug fixes and security patches, new major releases of software and the new features that come with them will not be available.

Ubuntu 11.10 Perl version

A link: What version of Perl is shipped with the Desktop Version of 11.10?

The Perl 5.14.2

Ubuntu Packages: http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=perl&searchon=names&suite=all&section=all

precise (perl): Larry Wall's Practical Extraction and Report Language 5.14.2-6ubuntu2: amd64 i386

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

The Ubuntu 12.04 will be released: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PrecisePangolin/ReleaseSchedule

April 26th Final Release

Ubuntu 12.04 Forum: http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=412

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You can also do (sudo being super user access):

$ sudo cpan
cpan[1]> upgrade

This will update all of your Perl packages and test them for you.

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sudo perl -MCPAN -e 'upgrade'

is an option that might help.

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You should use perlbrew, this is the actual way to do it. Maybe Ubuntu people won't like this way because it is not package based, but if you need to involve yourself into Perl, this is a prerequisite. The process is painless and you don't have to be afraid by compiling Perl, it's really painless.

Depending of your needs, take also a look at cpanminus and local::lib, it will make you life easier.

None of those requires root privileges, you have to enjoy this.

Don't forget that using the Ubuntu outdated Perl packages is almost crazy because it is really old versions and you just don't need to hurt yourself by using this old stuff.

See also this answer.

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