in reply to problems updating CPAN via CPAN

Hi, e-ferrari, welcome to the Monastery!

If you're not in a giant hurry, you might want to consider deleting your current CPAN local mirror, if any, and rebuild it. The instructions are in module CPAN::Mini, but some time ago I extracted just what I need to create my own local mirror. I'll be glad to revisit it and post it here if you want.

Another reference I used was

UPDATE: Are you running the code you showed as root or as a normal user?

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Re^2: problems updating CPAN via CPAN
by e-ferrari (Novice) on Jan 25, 2016 at 16:29 UTC

    Hi, i'm not in a hurry, i wont to fix it. Unfortunately i don't have a local CPAN mirror. Is there a need to have one ? Today you are normally always and everywhere online. I'm running cpan as root. Bernd

      If you were root when you removed ~/.cpan you should have been asked a series of questions when you tried to install cPAN again. One question should have been to choose one or more URLs for CPAN source. Get a list of mirrors and status here

      If the ~/.cpan directory now exists, then check the URLs in file ~/.cpan/CPAN/ and make sure there is one or more valid CPAN sites there.

        Hi, i deleted the whole .cpan folder in my home (i'm root), and configured cpan again. Most of the questions i answered automatically, but i configured the urllist manually. I choosed only mirrors in germany (where i reside), and checked them against I just choosed those which seem to be stable and recent. But trying to install a newer version of CPAN fails again. With the same errors. E.g. i get again:

        # Reading '/root/.cpan/build/CPAN-2.10-U90C7G/t/CPAN/modules/02package +s.details.txt' # Database was generated on Tue, 03 Feb 1970 03:17:06 GMT # Warning: This index file is 16794 days old. # Please check the host you chose as your CPAN mirror for staleness. # I'll continue but problems seem likely to happen.

        Is this severe ? Although i tried it three times from different mirrors, i always got this error. Inside the mentioned file is:

        Written-By: Id: mldistwatch 697 1970-01-18 07:33:13Z k Line-Count: 19 Last-Updated: Tue, 03 Feb 1970 03:17:06 GMT

        Also i got again:

        # Failed test 'cmd[force test CPAN::Test::Dummy::Perl5::Make]' # at t/31sessions.t line 560.

        Several times per attempt. Any ideas ? Bernd