[tpm] Help... I've buggered 'cpan install' and I cant get up!

Martin at Cleaver.org Martin at Cleaver.org
Mon Mar 16 12:37:43 PDT 2009

If you type:

$ cpan

by itself, to install a module you then need to type at the cpan prompt
"install X"

cpan> install X

But typing:

$ cpan install X

first tries to find module 'install' then module 'X'. This is
counterintuitive, especially as module X is some weird JUNOSCRIPT module
with lots of dependencies.


While CPAN was one of the earlier tools, the many other tools (yum, apt-get)
take "install X" to be something sensible.

As the poster of the unixwiz points out, "install" should be explicitly
ignored by cpan.

Martin at Cleaver.org
+1 416-786-6752 (GMT-5)

On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 3:09 PM, Fulko Hew <fulko.hew at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 3:05 PM, David Golden <xdaveg at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 2:10 PM, Fulko Hew <fulko.hew at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Yup.  I've got it fixed. (but now I have to do a  'cpan -i xxx' rather
>> than
>> > 'cpan install xxx')
>> From the command line, you can just do "cpan XXX".
>> "cpan install XXX" used to try to install "install.pm" as well as
>> "XXX' -- I think there might finally be an explicit workaround, but
>> I'm not sure.
> Thats OK.  I just have to 're-adjust my thinking'.   :-)
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