There are alternate PostgreSQL interface modules such as
They are all modules like DBI, so there's no advantage in terms
of being able to install without being superuser. But you don't need
to be superuser, just install the modules into your own account
and use the 'use lib' directive to point perl to your additional
I don't think DBI is built into any version of Perl, especially
5.004_04 which is fairly dated.
You can get all the above modules and the DBI drivers from CPAN.
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