Perl Major Mode for Emacs – How to Install

If you are an emacs user and the normal Perl mode is not formatting your newfangled Perl6 code properly, you may need a different mode than perl-mode.

Thanks to Hinrik Örn Sigurðsson you can get an Emacs major mode called perl6-mode from Github. And if you’re lazy like me, you’ll probably just want to have Emacs install and compile it for you from the MELPA archive.

To do that, in your .emacs file put:

(require 'package)
(add-to-list 'package-archives '("melpa" . ""))

This will allow you to download emacs packages/modes from the MELPA archive for Emacs. Then in Emacs do a:

M-x package-refresh-contents
M-x package-install

From that point on, emacs should recognize Perl6 by file extensions or even if you have the magic headers like #!/usr/bin/env perl6 at the top of your programs.

So far, I’ve found Hinrik’s perl6-mode to be a godsend — I was going nuts living with the perl-mode getting confused. The only thing I’ve noticed is that it doesn’t colorize pod stuff the way I’m used to.

Thank you Hinrik!!!