Install Perl CPAN
The AppleTV comes with a minimal Perl installation. If you want to unleash the full power of Perl, the first thing you want is to install CPAN modules.
If you additionally want PHP and MySQL, you can consider installing XAMPP which provides all 4 items independently of the AppleTV OS.
First of all, you'll need to install gcc.
We'll start with an ssh enabled AppleTV having a proper recovery partition.
We'll also need some binaries from an Intel Mac with Tiger and Xcode tools installed.
From an Intel Mac with Tiger with Xcode tools installed, copy to the following files to AppleTV:
/usr/bin/groff /usr/bin/grotty /usr/bin/nroff /usr/bin/perldoc /usr/bin/pod2man /usr/bin/troff
From the same Mac, copy to the following direcories:
These will be partly overwritten from the recovery partition files.
You also need to populate the directory
.h files from the Mac.
Log into the AppleTV as
Get the Perl modules from the recovery partition:
cd /Users/frontrow/Documents/ dd if=/dev/disk0s2 of=recovery.dmg bs=1m hdiutil mount recovery.dmg hdiutil mount /Volumes/Recovery/OS.dmg cp -R /Volumes/OSBoot\ 1/System/Library/Perl /System/Library/ umount /Volumes/OSBoot\ 1
Configure CPAN (make it simple: answer
no to the first question):
perl -MCPAN -e shell
Update CPAN (hit
cr to the questions):
perl -MCPAN -e 'install Bundle::CPAN'
With version 2.3 and 3.0.2 AppleTV OS, I did'nt manage to install
Mac::Files which are part of
File::HomeDir. Nevertheless, CPAN update was OK.
Once this is done, you can check your installation with one of:
perl -MCPAN -e 'autobundle' perldoc perllocal perl -e 'print "hello world!\n"'