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Installing p5-Palm using CPAN

by dvergin (Monsignor)
on Feb 09, 2004 at 22:42 UTC ( #327763=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
dvergin has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Every year or two I rebuild my system and each time, I rediscover that installing p5-Palm using the CPAN module is a pain. Each time I search around the web and/or PerlMonks until I stumble across the right invocation. This time... No such luck. There it is, bright as day on the cpan site: http://search.cpan.org/~arensb/p5-Palm-1.3.0, but I can't figure out how to get it to install with the CPAN module.

I could, of course do it by hand the Old Fashioned Way. But now it has become a matter of principle. I know it can be done. I remember there is some trick to it. I tried "Bundle::..." and several other variations, but no joy.

What is the correct CPAN command line to install p5-Palm from the cpan site?

And while we are at it, *why* doesn't it work to just say "install p5-Palm" or "install Bundle::p5-Palm" like I do with every other package?

UPDATE: The following line worked. The install thrashed around for a while but it eventually did find the package and install it.

install http://cpan.org/modules/by-authors/id/A/AR/ARENSB/p5-Palm-1.3.0.tar.gz

There's got to be cleaner way.

UPDATE #2: After examining the "thrashing" output from the previous attempt, I find that either of the following lines work:

install A/AR/ARENSB/p5-Palm-1.3.0.tar.gz
install ARENSB/p5-Palm-1.3.0.tar.gz

But my question remains: Why does this package require a special installation procedure under the CPAN module?

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Comment on Installing p5-Palm using CPAN
Re: Installing p5-Palm using CPAN
by tilly (Archbishop) on Feb 21, 2004 at 03:09 UTC
    Guess: this requires a special line because the author of the package messed up setting up his package in some way. The good folks at cpan@perl.org may be able to make an intelligent guess about what needs to be fixed.

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