Did you look at "/usr/local/share/perl/5.8.8/CPAN.pm line 10254", because the CPAN.pm that comes with Perl 5.8.8 doesn't have near that many lines (as shipped). Line 281 of that same file doesn't seem to match so you've probably upgraded CPAN.pm and should tell us what version you are using (as well as look at it).
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