I tried the CPAN shell after PPM gave me the issue. I just thought the errors from CPAN were more helpful to post here...
in reply to Re: PPM/CPAN connection issues
in thread PPM/CPAN connection issues
I will try the .ppd idea. I downloaded the .ppd I want, along with the corresponding .gz file.
Update: This solution worked! Many thanks! (I ended up in a wormhole of dependency installations, but after 7 or so were fixed using the .ppd install method...) I got the module I wanted installed and a simple test works!