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What is the best way to install CPAN modules on Debian?
4. Use CentOS/RHEL
I'm not trying to be cheeky - I realize it won't be possible for people to just replace a Debian/Ubuntu server at their company.
Using CentOS and RH systems since 2005, though, I have not encountered any of these problems - being a sysadmin - I mix system Perl, CPAN, dag/apt modules all over the place and they all seem to get along fine.. these are mostly all Perl 5.8.8 BTW, so that will probably make a difference as well as Debian's kernels and libs are more recent which might be having some impact on what problems people are seeing in this regard..
Then again I may not have many modules installed where the XS dependency is critical - what are some of those? (so I can test.. thanks..)
FreeBSD removed Perl from the base system requirements and moved it to ports a while ago ... smart.