[Pdx-pm] I think the definition of failsafe is that things should do the safe thing if they fail

Michael G Schwern schwern at pobox.com
Thu Oct 18 11:47:24 PDT 2007

Eric Wilhelm wrote:
> # from Michael G Schwern
> # on Thursday 18 October 2007 10:57:
>>> Note Abigail's method of using a dedicated, unprivileged user to
>>> install code from CPAN.  Then the only files at risk are your perl
>>> tree.
>> That's troublesome because you then have to have different bin and man
>> paths and make sure PATH and MANPATH are all set up and oh god the
>> burning.
> Well, yeah.  Too bad the install is done via `make install`.  Perhaps 
> adding a stow step to cpan.pm or something would make that easier.

The install step is configurable and I don't think there's anything stopping
you from saying... "make install DESTDIR=/usr/local/stow && stow ..."

Stabbing you in the face for your own good.

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