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Problem installing Test::More

by TStanley (Canon)
on Jul 30, 2006 at 19:56 UTC ( #564651=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
TStanley has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Whether trying to install Test::More (version 0.64) on my Linux RedHat 9 system (perl 5.8.0), I get the same error message when running the makefile. It says that it can't locate the 'pod2man' program and to ensure that the program is in my $PATH, which it is. The pod2man in the /usr/bin directory and that is the second entry in my $PATH environment. So when I go to run make, it quits with the follwoing error:
Makefile:84: *** missing separator. Stop.
Any clues on this would be appreciated.

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Re: Problem installing Test::More
by Tanktalus (Canon) on Jul 30, 2006 at 20:18 UTC

    Can you give us a bit more context? e.g., exactly what you're running, and more of the output that it creates? Also, what is your make? e.g., mine is:

    $ make -v GNU Make 3.80 [...]
    If you happen to have a make in your PATH that is something other than GNU make, that could easily cause the missing separator problem.


Re: Problem installing Test::More
by liverpole (Monsignor) on Jul 30, 2006 at 22:35 UTC
    Hi TStanley,

    Long time no talk!

    Make sure that your makefile (or "Makefile") contains a TAB as the first non-white character on the line.  If the line contains spaces instead of TABs, convert them to TABs and try that.  It should at least get you past the "*** missing separator" problem.

Re: Problem installing Test::More
by Khen1950fx (Canon) on Jul 30, 2006 at 22:30 UTC
    I agree with Tanktalus. Check to make sure that you have GNU make. It's Red Hat, so you probably have it already. The pod2man module doesn't ship with Red Hat, as far as I know. You can download it from CPAN. It's part of the podlators module.

    Pod::Parser is a different question. There are two Pod::Parser modules: Pod::Parser and PodParser. They both appear to be the same. I installed both---Pod::Parser had testing failures, while PodParser installed succesfully.

    For pod2man and Pod::Man see:


    For Pod::Parser see:


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