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I have little to no idea about administrating Debian, but I would like to at least use that release of Perl. Googling has proven unfruitful, so i turn to you, Stackoverflow.

Note: Managed to find the solution already, this explains how to enable installs of 'testing': http://jaqque.sbih.org/kplug/apt-pinning.html

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$ apt-cache policy perl perl: Installed: 5.10.1-11 Candidate: 5.10.1-11 Version table: *** 5.10.1-11 0 500 ftp.us.debian.org unstable/main Packages 100 /var/lib/dpkg/status –  jrockway Mar 4 '10 at 9:57

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Did you try sudo aptitude install perl? to search for the packages you want do sudo aptitde search KEYWORD.

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I think that installs Perl v5.10.0 –  Brad Gilbert Mar 3 '10 at 15:51

sudo apt-get install perl

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I think that installs Perl v5.10.0 –  Brad Gilbert Mar 3 '10 at 15:51

I find it useful not to mess with the system perl. Instead, I would recommend installing Perl 5.10.1 from source in a custom location. E.g.:

sh Configure -Dprefix=/opt/perl
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@mithaldu Thank you for accepting my answer. It is customary to vote up the answer you accept. –  Sinan Ünür Mar 3 '10 at 21:01
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I like Debian's Perl. It is nice to be able to install non-CPAN modules and have them work (Audio::XMMSClient, for example). Any modules that I can install from CPAN, I do, and store them in ~/perl5 with local::lib. Maintaining your own Perl is a pain in the ass. Let your OS do it for you. –  jrockway Mar 4 '10 at 9:58
    
Yeah, don't mess with the system perl. You will break your whole system. If you want a different version, install it manually and separately. You could still use checkinstall if you wanted to. –  Ryan Thompson Jul 4 '10 at 22:40

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