Sunday, August 29, 2010

Using Perl CPAN on Mac OSX

Some of my notes on CPAN usage in Snow Leopard:

  • CPAN comes preinstalled in Snow Leopard. No new install needed and in fact not recommended unless something is broken or you know what you are doing.
  • Always login into CPAN via sudo or root (sudo is the recommended option): sudo perl -MCPAN -e "shell"
  • Its recommended to set FTP into passive mode so as to avoid having any troubles due to CPAN not being able to download from repositories via ftp. Create a file ~/.bash_login and add this to it: export FTP_PASSIVE=1
  • You can install any CPAN modules like this (here I am installing XMLWriter module) from CPAN prompt:install XML::Writer

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