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I agree that pre-packed modules should be used first (in fact I thought this was self-evident and not worth mentioning), but this...
I myself use Debian stable and in more than 4 years I needed only twice a module not deb-packaged.

... mostly shows that you don't run foreign code very often. (Or under-use CPAN).

Want to run a jifty application? Need to build and install about 15 more Debian packages. Tired of HTML::Template and want to try HTML::Template::Compiled? Build a new .deb. Heck, not even Text::Table is in Debian.

Many recently updated modules also depend on minimum versions of others that are too old in Debian.

During using Debian Etch I assembled a collection of nearly 100 perl modules packed up as Debian modules. And I fear the upgrade to Lenny, because it introduces perl-5.10.0, breaking many of these modules ("breaking" here means that I have to recompile them).

So what I'd really want to see is a CPAN mirror that automatically builds debian packages out of new modules, and places them into a local Debian mirror. Any takers? ;-)


In reply to Re^2: best way to install modules in your home directory? (digressions) by moritz
in thread best way to install modules in your home directory? by pc88mxer

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