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Re: Best way to update perl on Woody Stable ?

Is there a way to tell apt (dselect) you have certain packages installed? If so, it would make
sense to just trash the Debian perl install and install it all from source. I agree with your
Perl guru -- roll your own is the best way to go. I just don't have the time. I still install
some packages (webmin, usermin, squirrelmail) myself, because other packages are not dependant
on them. But I have no idea how to tell apt that, yes, I already have Perl installed so you
don't have to mess with it.

>From the log you sent, looks like the cwd disappeared out from under you, so of course it
could not get the parents or anything. What dir were you in when you executed it? Did the
directory /root/.cpan exist? I had problems, but those were not the ones I had.


> On Thu, 2003-10-09 at 16:14, Rod Rodolico wrote:
>> You could install the CPAN module on your current system, then use it to update Perl.
>> CAVEAT: CPAN and Debian have, in the past, placed Perl in two separate locations. When I did
>> this before, I did have a problem configuring Perl correctly afterwards. It (CPAN) is mainly
>> designed, from what I saw, to update a Standard perl installation, standard being whatever
>> CPAN (the organization) says it is (which is pretty standard).
>> Other than that, I don't know. Look at http://cpan.org/ports/index.html for one thing. But,
>> I'm not sure if any of these will break a Debian install.
>> Rod
> Thanks Rod. I tried that awhile ago today and it puked.
> shell-init: could not get current directory: getcwd: cannot access
> parent directories: No such file or directory
>         Everything is up to date. Type '/usr/bin/make test' to run test
> suite.
>   /usr/bin/make  -- OK
> Running make test
> Couldn't chdir to /root/.cpan/build/perl-5.8.1 at
> /usr/share/perl/5.6.1/CPAN.pm line 5480
> I have a friend is one the best perl guys around so I'll ask him
> about it, but he doesn't like Debian and rolls his own distro.
> Dee
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