Right now I’m working on a Centos 6 Linux box. I have no cpan client
$ cpan -bash: cpan: command not found
and a deprecated version of Perl :(
$ perl -v This is perl, v5.10.1 ...
What is worse is that I will deploy on a host with no Internet access, probably with no root permissions … but there is a hope
The camel survives!
You need to install ExtUtils::MakeMaker.
If you get errors like
Can't locate ExtUtils/MakeMaker.pm in @INC
probabily is not installed. That is a silly choice of some Linux distros, yes I said silly cause ExtUtils::MakeMaker is a core module and it should be provided with any Perl distribution.
Get root permissions and install it, on Centos just launch
$ yum install perl-ExtUtils-MakeMaker
If you can’t do it, go straight and compile your own Perl: see dotsoftware.
Choose your target
Create a folder that will be your Perl home. To make it easier, I choose local::lib default
$ export PERL_BASE=~/perl5
As documented in App::cpanminus related section, get a standalone cpanm executable to bootstrap your Perl.
$ mkdir -p $PERL_BASE/bin $ cd $PERL_BASE/bin $ curl -LO http://xrl.us/cpanm % Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed 100 262k 100 262k 0 0 279k 0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 279k $ chmod +x cpanm
Now you can install local::lib locally
$ ./cpanm -l $PERL_BASE local::lib
Load special environment variables. Note that ~/.perl_profile file will be overwritten.
$ cd $PERL_BASE/lib/perl5 $ perl -Mlocal::lib=$PERL_BASE > ~/.perl_profile $ source ~/.perl_profile
Make it permanent, edit your profile. For example you can launch
$ grep 'source ~/.perl_profile' ~/.bash_profile || echo 'source ~/.perl_profile' >> ~/.bash_profile
which will add
source ~/.perl_profile to your .bash_profile only once.
At this point you have your system Perl with a cpanm that can install locally
Give it a try it, install Perl::Tidy
$ cpanm Perl::Tidy Working on Perl::Tidy Fetching http://www.cpan.org/authors/id/S/SH/SHANCOCK/Perl-Tidy-20140328.tar.gz ... OK Configuring Perl-Tidy-20140328 ... OK Building and testing Perl-Tidy-20140328 ... OK Successfully installed Perl-Tidy-20140328 1 distribution installed $ which perltidy ~/perl5/bin/perltidy
Now you can choose, to keep cpanm or get the official CPAN client
$ cpanm CPAN
Then maybe you want A CPAN client that works like a charm.