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Installing p5-Palm using CPAN

by dvergin (Monsignor)
on Feb 09, 2004 at 22:42 UTC ( [id://327763] : perlquestion . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

dvergin has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Every year or two I rebuild my system and each time, I rediscover that installing p5-Palm using the CPAN module is a pain. Each time I search around the web and/or PerlMonks until I stumble across the right invocation. This time... No such luck. There it is, bright as day on the cpan site:, but I can't figure out how to get it to install with the CPAN module.

I could, of course do it by hand the Old Fashioned Way. But now it has become a matter of principle. I know it can be done. I remember there is some trick to it. I tried "Bundle::..." and several other variations, but no joy.

What is the correct CPAN command line to install p5-Palm from the cpan site?

And while we are at it, *why* doesn't it work to just say "install p5-Palm" or "install Bundle::p5-Palm" like I do with every other package?

UPDATE: The following line worked. The install thrashed around for a while but it eventually did find the package and install it.


There's got to be cleaner way.

UPDATE #2: After examining the "thrashing" output from the previous attempt, I find that either of the following lines work:

install A/AR/ARENSB/p5-Palm-1.3.0.tar.gz
install ARENSB/p5-Palm-1.3.0.tar.gz

But my question remains: Why does this package require a special installation procedure under the CPAN module?

"Perl is a mess and that's good because the
problem space is also a mess.
" - Larry Wall

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Re: Installing p5-Palm using CPAN
by tilly (Archbishop) on Feb 21, 2004 at 03:09 UTC
    Guess: this requires a special line because the author of the package messed up setting up his package in some way. The good folks at may be able to make an intelligent guess about what needs to be fixed.