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I am familiar with CPAN. I am also used to using Activestate's PPM to install packages, resorting to CPAN ONLY when PPM does not list a package that is of interest.

Understand, I do not have a problem using CPAN. Rather, it is an issue such that it is a bit of a nuisance to use. You see, I have a neuropathy that affects my hands and feet (adversely affecting the speed and precision with which I can type) and anything , such as Activestate's PPM, which reduces the amount of typing I have to do, is greatly appreciated. With PPM, I am presented with a list of packages, and I can select each package of interest and mark it as a package that I want to install. I can then use the menu to tell it to go ahead and install (or upgrade) all of the packages I selected. This is much easier that having to manually type out in full the package names I want in CPAN.

Hence my question. Is there something equivalent to PPM available for Linux (I have both OpenSuse and Ubuntu machines - and need to ensure they both have the same packages installed as are installed on the Windows boxes I must work on)?

I have recently encountered cpanm and cpanp. Do either of them significantly ease installing packages? If not, what advantage do they provide over cpan? Are they worth the extra time I would need to put in to take full advantage of them (whatever those advantages may be)?

I am facing installing several dozens of packages on these Linux boxes, and am not looking forward to having to type their full names to do so.

Any help would be appreciated.



In reply to Is there an easier way to find and install modules on Linux? by ted.byers

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