erik at hollensbe.org
Wed Jan 6 18:54:15 PST 2010
On 1/6/2010 9:48 PM, Michael G Schwern wrote:
> paul rogers wrote:
>> My system is one I built under guidance of LFS. It's essentially a
>> user workstation. I'm not developing anything, i.e. don't need SVN,
>> just keeping this "useful". It has perl-5.8.7, and whatever
>> "standard" modules it comes with. I got a digital camera for Xmas, so
>> I'm adding support. GIMP seems necessary, and I can't build that
>> without XML::Parse. Once upon a time, maybe 5 years ago, I had a CPAN
>> "bundle" which I apparently lost on a flakey drive. I took a look at
>> CPAN today, and it's grown out of hand! ;-) I really don't want to
>> hunt and peck downloading modules one at a time, I don't need it all,
>> and I've got a slow dialup, 40Kbps. I see a few "bundles" at OSL, but
>> none seem to be what I need--a collection of ubiquitous source
>> modules that cover most of the common general needs and the
>> prerequisites. Is there such a thing? Can somebody point me to a
> Many have tried, all have failed. The greatest hurdle is defining
> what is "common" for a general purpose programming language.
> The closest anyone has come is this attempt to list recommended
> modules for various uses.
>> I suppose there's a module for dynamically downloading modules. Seems
>> to me I might find that useful or "bits & bobs! " but I'd like to NOT
>> have to use that from this position. Any recommendations? TIA
> You have two practical choices:
> * Install CPAN modules using the package manager that comes with your
> operating system. This is the least work for the casual user.
> * Install them with the CPAN shell. Here is a good tutorial.
> What you do not want to do is try to install them "by hand". This is
> because the dependency chains for even for the most trivial CPAN
> module tend to be long. Let either the CPAN shell or your package
> manager deal with this.
If you wish to script this process, I've had good success automating dev
environment setup with Module::Install (and
Module::Install::AutoInstall). You still have to do first-time
configuration of CPAN, though.
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