in reply to CPANPLUS _fetch error

What version? Was there mention of this on the bug list (here)? You need to either upgrade or downgrade :) Also, you need to turn on the verbose setting, and reproduce a session that generates the error from start to finish (from bash$ cpanp to cpanp>q) and make sure you report your settings (and send a copy of the report to cpanplus-bugs).

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