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uninstalling modules

by CassJ (Sexton)
on Jul 20, 2004 at 11:53 UTC ( #375874=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
CassJ has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi Monks,

Quick question on uninstalling modules...
I don't have permissions for /usr/local, so I've installed stuff in a local library. Now I want to remove a module.
I had a look at ExtUtils::Installed but it just gives me a list of modules installed in /usr/local/, even if my local library is in my path, or I add a use lib line to the script. I couldn't see any way of specifying another library in the docs - am I missing something? How does ExtUtils::Installed determine where it looks for modules?

Thanks for any help,


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Re: uninstalling modules
by gellyfish (Monsignor) on Jul 20, 2004 at 12:42 UTC

    ExtUtils::Installed uses the $Config{sitearchlibexp} and $Config{archlibexp} values as defined in the Config module - you can assign the appropriate values to these before you call ExtUtils::Installed->new() and everything should work fine.


      I'm probably being deeply gormless, but I can't figure out how to do what you suggest.
      I don't have write access to file and if I use it and try to change the values in the hash it just tells me that it's read-only (does this mean it's tied to the file?). How can I fake these values for the duration of my call to ExtUtils::Installed->new()? I thought maybe I could copy the file to the lib I was using, correcting the lines on the way, but then how do I make sure that my fake is used in preference to the real one in /usr/local?

      thanks again!


        No it's not you at all. I have made a patch for ExtUtils::Installed that will allow you to supply a list of locations which are outside the perl install prefix - I need to add some tests and change the documentation before I send it to p5p but this:

        --- 2004-07-20 16:37:50.000000000 +0100 +++ 2004-07-20 17:23:53.000000000 +0100 @@ -77,24 +77,32 @@ } sub new { - my ($class) = @_; + my ($class, @dirs) = @_; $class = ref($class) || $class; my $self = {}; - my $archlib = $Config{archlibexp}; - my $sitearch = $Config{sitearchexp}; + push @dirs, $Config{sitearchexp}, $Config{archlibexp}; # File::Find does not know how to deal with VMS filepaths. - if( $Is_VMS ) { - $archlib = VMS::Filespec::unixify($archlib); - $sitearch = VMS::Filespec::unixify($sitearch); - } - if ($DOSISH) { - $archlib =~ s|\\|/|g; - $sitearch =~ s|\\|/|g; + foreach ( @dirs ) { + if (!m!$Config{archname}/?$!) { + $_ = File::Spec->catfile($_, $Config{archname}); + } + + if( $Is_VMS ) { + $_ = VMS::Filespec::unixify($_); + } + + if ($DOSISH) { + s|\\|/|g; + } + } + my $archlib = @dirs[-1]; + + # Read the core packlist $self->{Perl}{packlist} = ExtUtils::Packlist->new( File::Spec->catfile($archlib, '.packli +st') ); @@ -108,11 +116,15 @@ # Hack of the leading bits of the paths & convert to a module + name my $module = $File::Find::name; - $module =~ s!\Q$archlib\E/?auto/(.*)/.packlist!$1!s or - $module =~ s!\Q$sitearch\E/?auto/(.*)/.packlist!$1!s; + + foreach my $dir ( @dirs ) { + $module =~ s!\Q$dir\E/?auto/(.*)/.packlist!$1!s and last; + } + my $modfile = "$"; $module =~ s!/!::!g; + print $module,"\n"; # Find the top-level module file in @INC $self->{$module}{version} = ''; foreach my $dir (@INC) { @@ -131,8 +143,8 @@ ExtUtils::Packlist->new($File::Find::name); }; - my(@dirs) = grep { -e } ($archlib, $sitearch); - find($sub, @dirs) if @dirs; + my(@search_dirs) = grep { -e } (@dirs); + find($sub, @search_dirs) if @search_dirs; return(bless($self, $class)); }
        Will allow you to do something like:
        use ExtUtils::Installed; + + use lib qw( /home/jonathan/foo/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.1); + my $ff = ExtUtils::Installed->new('/home/jonathan/foo/lib/perl5/site_p +erl/5.8.1'); + print $ff->files('Foo','all');
        where I have installed the module 'Foo' with a PREFIX of '/home/jonathan/foo'


      How do you know that?

        Er, because I looked at the code ....


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