Thanks for the suggestions. However, I don't think that will work. I've tried downloading the rpm, but it's gives me a list a dependencies (glibc-2.3 for example). I like to compile the source because it gives me the chance to change little things that I can't do with an RPM.
I'm tempted to force the install but I'm afraid it's going to break things.
Is there anything else I could try, less upgrading my entire system? (I'm running RH 7.3...I don't want to upgrade to 9.0)
I've also tried erasing the old version of perl (which is 5.6.1) but it gives me a whole list of dependencies as well...I dislike RPM's....