[rt-users] Using CPAN

Shane Landrum srl at mail.boston.com
Fri Jun 29 09:07:27 EDT 2001

On Fri, Jun 29, 2001 at 07:07:28AM -0400, Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH (allbery at ece.cmu.edu) wrote:
> On Friday, June 29, 2001 16:09:02 +0800, chris at harvestroad.com wrote:
> +----
> | Is there any way to stop Perl from going out and building the latest
> | version of Perl
> | (I'm guessing 5.6.1) every time I want to install something from CPAN? I
> +--->8
> Not that I've found.  The folks who run CPAN have apparently decided that 
> it's "good" to force people to upgrade.

No, they didn't. That was a misfeature in earlier releases of CPAN.pm. 
If you install the newest version of CPAN.pm by hand, from the tarball
(http://www.cpan.org/authors/id/ANDK/CPAN-1.59_54.tar.gz) you'll probably
have better luck. 

There's also a setting in the Config.pm for CPAN.pm that lets you set
"follow dependencies" on or off. If you want to have to install every
module with a separate "install ____" command in the shell, you can
turn "follow dependencies" off. That'll keep the upgrade to 5.6.1 from 
happening automatically, but it limits the utility of CPAN.pm somewhat.

Shane Landrum  (srl AT boston DOT com)  Software Engineer, boston.com                     

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