Install issues

Jason Clark jason at
Tue Mar 23 10:58:55 EST 2004

On Mar 23, 2004, at 6:28 AM, Arthur Lugtigheid wrote:

> Here's what my installation looks like:
> - Movable Type 2.661
> - SmartyPants 1.5.1
> - perl-5.8.2_2
> - Markdown 1.0b3
> When executing on the commandline I get the following 
> message:
> Can't locate in @INC (@INC contains: 
> /usr/libdata/perl/5.00503/mach /usr/libdata/perl/5.00503 
> /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.005/i386-freebsd 
> /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.005 .) at line 14. BEGIN 
> failed--compilation aborted at line 14.

While you may have perl-5.8.2_2 installed, it doesn't appear to be 
getting invoked (althought it's possible); the include path perl is 
searching is all perl5.005-specific.

Try this:  from the command line, execute `/usr/bin/perl -v`(don't type 
the backticks).  The message displayed will include the perl version.  
If it's version 5.005, then that's your problem; markdown requires 
perl5.6 or newer.

If you know the correct path to your perl 5.8 executable, you can 
change the first line of to reflect this location.  On many 
*nix systems, the "which" command can be useful; try `which perl` to 
see the location of the copy of perl that will be run if you just type 
perl from the command line.  If the location is *not* /usr/bin/perl, 
then try running the path returned with the -v switch.  For example, if 
`which perl` returns "/usr/local/bin/perl", then try running 
`/usr/local/bin/perl -v`.  If the version is 5.6 or better, then you 
are all set.  If not (or if which doesn't work for you), ask your 
sysadmins for the path to a newer perl.

Once you know the path to a newer perl, change the first line of to match.  For example, if the correct path to perl 5.8 on 
your system is /usr/local/bin/perl, then change the first line of to this:


Note that the # should be the first character on the line... no spaces 
or tabs allowed.

If the results of our first test (/usr/bin/perl -v) were version 5.6 or 
version 5.8, you'll need to ask your sysadmins for help; the newer perl 
is only searching the include path of the older perl.

> Apologies if this is not the proper use of this list.

I don't know; it doesn't bother me.  I replied on-list because I expect 
other people may have similar problems in the future, as Markdown 
becomes more popular.  Hopefully they will search the archives, as you 
did :)   Besides, it doesn't hurt to have others check my work.  If you 
continue to have problems that you feel are site specific, feel free to 
email me directly off-list.

Hope this helps,

Jason Clark <jason at>
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