SPUG: Two problems with CPAN

Itay Furman itayf at fhcrc.org
Thu Aug 19 18:08:42 CDT 2004


I have two (unrelated ?) problems using CPAN.  I am not an 
expert cpan user, and need help to interpret what has 
happened. Please see below.

itayf at cezanne 40|0> perl -MCPAN -e 'print $CPAN::VERSION,"\n"'
itayf at cezanne 44|0> perl -V | head -4
Summary of my perl5 (revision 5.0 version 8 subversion 0) 
    osname=linux, osvers=2.4.21-1.1931.2.382.entsmp, archname=i386-linux-thread-multi
    uname='linux stripples.devel.redhat.com 2.4.21-1.1931.2.382.entsmp #1 smp wed aug 6 17:18:52 edt 2003 i686 i686 i386 gnulinux '

	Thanks in advance,


1. Text::BibTex installation

The module seem to be around,

====	BEGIN QUOTE	====
cpan> i /Text::BibTex/
Module          Text::BibTeX    (G/GW/GWARD/Text-BibTeX-0.31.tar.gz)
Module          Text::BibTeX::BibFormat (G/GW/GWARD/Text-BibTeX-0.34.tar.gz)
Module          Text::BibTeX::BibSort (G/GW/GWARD/Text-BibTeX-0.34.tar.gz)
Module          Text::BibTeX::Entry (G/GW/GWARD/Text-BibTeX-0.34.tar.gz)
Module          Text::BibTeX::File (G/GW/GWARD/Text-BibTeX-0.34.tar.gz)
Module          Text::BibTeX::Name (G/GW/GWARD/Text-BibTeX-0.34.tar.gz)
Module          Text::BibTeX::NameFormat (G/GW/GWARD/Text-BibTeX-0.34.tar.gz)
Module          Text::BibTeX::Structure (G/GW/GWARD/Text-BibTeX-0.34.tar.gz)
Module          Text::BibTeX::Value (G/GW/GWARD/Text-BibTeX-0.34.tar.gz)
9 items found
====	END QUOTE	====

but when I try to install it, I get the following message:

====	BEGIN QUOTE	====
cpan> install Text::BibTex
Warning: Cannot install Text::BibTex, don't know what it is.
Try the command

    i /Text::BibTex/

to find objects with matching identifiers.
====	END QUOTE	====

Does it mean a problem on my end, or is the module simply 
not installable via CPAN?


2. CPAN upgrade

Due to 1 above I tried to upgrade CPAN -- just in case.
Here is what I get.  Note the statement below
	'CPAN is up to date.'
and the statement further below
	'CPAN.pm panic: ...'

====	BEGIN QUOTE	====
cpan> install Bundle::CPAN

[snip:  very long output.
	Attempted to update Cwd, Zlib::IO, and possibly some
	other modules.  I'm not clear if they were 

CPAN is up to date.
Bundle summary: The following items in bundle Bundle::CPAN 
had installation problems:
  Archive::Tar Bundle::libnet and the following items had 
  problems during recursive bundle calls: Data::Dumper

CPAN.pm panic: deep recursion in color_cmd_tmps depth[100] 
====	END QUOTE	====

Should I be worried that I broke CPAN module?
If yes, where do I go from here?

Once again: thank you for your time.


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