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Re: When will CPAN.pm just work?

by gmpassos (Priest)
on Jan 24, 2005 at 22:47 UTC ( #424725=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to When will CPAN.pm just work?

CPAN.pm out of a Linux box is just sux! Actually even in the Linux box is not easy to use, since it still need to much configurations steps.

CPAN.pm is a very important tool, and really need to be fixed, or maybe rewrited! The dependencies bug at CPAN-Testers is still a big problem and no one is doing something to fix it!

Who has CPAN working think that it's perfect, and it is. But is very common to not be able to configure easy the CPAN, specially due the FTP problem, and some modules CPAN is just not able to find the distribution.

Graciliano M. P.
"Creativity is the expression of liberty".


Comment on Re: When will CPAN.pm just work?
Re^2: When will CPAN.pm just work?
by legato (Monk) on Jan 25, 2005 at 15:14 UTC

    I've found that CPAN.pm, like much else, is far easier to configure and use if you RTFM. The CPAN.pm system is not broken -- it does exactly what you ask it to. It merely assumes that you know something about your network configuration, or at least are aware that any automated-transfer system is served best by having several mirrors in different locations and using disparate protocols.

    You might also try reading up on the CPAN mirror list to determine which mirrors are best.

    In short, the FTP problem isn't a "problem" with CPAN -- you merely need to instruct CPAN.pm to use Passive Mode. And the dependencies issues are usually the fault of either (a)the package maintainer, or (b)the mirror. Niether of those are solvable by the CPAN.pm authors.

    As regards your claim that CPAN.pm needs to be fixed or rewritten, if you really believe that you should stop griping about it and do it yourself. The thing is open-source, after all, and the module maintainers would probably love it if you submitted a patch that made genuine improvements. Yelling at volunteers who have written a module to make your life easier simply because you can't get it to work is unbelievably immature.

    Anima Legato
    .oO all things connect through the motion of the mind

      All of this configurations could be automatic! What I say is that it can be better, and the bugs that I have pointed doesn't exists in all OS and networks, but they are there and need to be fixed!

      Graciliano M. P.
      "Creativity is the expression of liberty".

        You missed my point, it seems. So, let me be absolutely clear.

        1. CPAN.pm is maintained by volunteers, and anyone (even you) can help do this.
        2. So, stop whining about it and fix it, if you think it needs fixing.

        Anima Legato
        .oO all things connect through the motion of the mind

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