[Chicago-talk] There's a CPAN module that exists under /by-author but not /by-module

Scott T. Hildreth shild at sbcglobal.net
Sat Aug 7 12:15:39 PDT 2010

On Wed, 2010-08-04 at 15:30 -0500, Dan Rench wrote:
> When a CPAN module I want to use does not have a FreeBSD port, I'll
> try to make one. It's usually easy, since it's mostly boilerplate.
> I'd like to write one for perl5i, but I'm finding a lot of its
> dependencies don't have ports yet [*]. Right now, I'm trying to finish
> a port for one dependency: http://search.cpan.org/dist/Child/ .
> The usual process for installing a CPAN module through ports begins
> with fetching the source from
> ftp://ftp.cpan.org/pub/CPAN/modules/by-module/ (or a mirror). The
> problem is that ../by-module/Child/ doesn't exist. Yet the source
> *does* exist under ../by-authors/id/E/EX/EXODIST/. The module is only
> 2 weeks old. Is this a bug or do I just need to be more patient?
> [*] if anyone wants to help writing some of these, let me know and we
> can divide the work. I can't be the only FreeBSD fan here.

I'm a daily user of FreeBSD, but I don't use the port installed perl. 
I compile my own perl and have a install script that uses cpan for all
the modules I need, much easier than going to each port to install the

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