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Re: Unable to load Strawberry perl shell on windows 7

by snoopy (Deacon)
on Aug 04, 2011 at 02:15 UTC ( #918419=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Unable to load Strawberry perl shell on windows 7

CPAN takes out a lock to make sure that it is only running once.

The lock file normally contains a PID of the other CPAN process. It seems that the content of this file has become corrupted and contains null characters. CPAN is then choking when it tries to kill a non-numeric PID.

The simple solution is hopefully to remove the ".lock" file before running CPAN.

Do the following to find the path to CPAN home.

perl -MCPAN::Config -e "print $CPAN::Config->{cpan_home}"
Then look for and remove the file named .lock under that path.

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