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Update: with accurate and timely advice from Corion and davorg, plus Chatterbox help from davorg and le, I had quite a bit of success with everything but CPAN.pm itself. Manual make/install of Net::Telnet::Cisco displayed pertinent errors that CPAN.pm kept hidden, which led me to successfull manual make/install (upgrade) of Net::Telnet, and then back to manual make/install of Net::Telnet::Cisco (this time successful).

CPAN.pm being unusable might be result of Debian's down-rev Perl 5.004.04, or perhaps from the way Debian packages a few CPAN modules as .deb's.   Could easily be something specific to how my host is setup.   Other Monks of the Debian persuasion care to share their experiences?

Update #2: another PM reference on installing modules:  (manually, not with cpan.pm)
perlman:perlmodinstall

Update #3: With young perlhopper's suggestion below, I took a closer look at /usr/lib/perl5/CPAN/Config.pm. This one works on a Debian host at work.   I'll compare with suspect Config.pm at home for diffs.   Also found that txt.gz files in $HOME/.cpan/sources/authors/ and modules/ had to be deleted after fixing incorrect urllist entry.

Yes, I know I need to point my urllist to a mirror   <grin>   I just want to get this working first.

$CPAN::Config = { 'build_cache' => q[0], 'build_dir' => q[/root/.cpan/build], 'cpan_home' => q[/root/.cpan], 'ftp' => q[/usr/bin/ftp], 'ftp_proxy' => q[ ], 'getcwd' => q[cwd], 'gzip' => q[/bin/gzip], 'http_proxy' => q[ ], 'inactivity_timeout' => q[0], 'index_expire' => q[1], 'inhibit_startup_message' => q[0], 'keep_source_where' => q[/root/.cpan/sources], 'lynx' => q[/usr/bin/lynx], 'make' => q[/usr/bin/make], 'make_arg' => q[], 'make_install_arg' => q[], 'makepl_arg' => q[], 'ncftp' => q[], 'no_proxy' => q[ ], 'pager' => q[/usr/bin/less], 'shell' => q[/bin/bash], 'tar' => q[/bin/tar], 'unzip' => q[], 'urllist' => [q[ftp://cpan.valueclick.com/CPAN]], 'wait_list' => [q[wait://ls6.informatik.uni-dortmund.de:1404]], }; 1; __END__
Update #4: aaaaall better now   8^P  
My ignorance of make and the CPAN.pm shell were source of all my grief.
Solutions:
= correct syntax and sequence for make.
= proper configuration of /usr/lib/perl5/CPAN/Config.pm
= valid urllist entry (CPAN mirror)
= delete corrupt $HOME/.cpan/sources/*.txt.gz

Mondo thanks to Corion, davorg, le, and young perlhopper for their help.   ++ all around.
    ybiC

p.s. would this mess be worth sanitizing into a mini-FAQ?   Or better yet, just a brief addendum comment to Aighearach's excellent CPAN.pm FAQ.


In reply to RE: difficulty using CPAN.pm (update == success) by ybiC
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