[sf-perl] installing CPAN inside firewall

Vicki Brown vlb at cfcl.com
Mon Jul 31 22:25:33 PDT 2006

My Current Job (tm) includes a FreeBSD box under the desk. Said box is
running Perl 5.005 and is accessible via VPN.

I can get out from that box over sftp.
AFAIK, nothing else much works.

When I attempt to run
   Perl -MCPAN -e shell
Perl wants to set up and configure CPAN.

it insists on trying lynx, followed by ncftpget (neither of which work).
There appears to be no easy way to tell it "Please don't try those; just use

I can't even substitute sftp for ftp because it wants to use a
nontransferable -n flag.

It would be kinda nice to upgrade Perl.  I could just pull down the sources
directly I suppose but...

Please don't recommend that I use the Free BSD Ports Collection. It's not
available. I think I'm lucky to have Perl 5.005...
- Vicki

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