Rich Freeman on 19 Oct 2012 14:24:52 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] perl and CPAN (was Re: Upcoming December talk)

On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 5:06 PM, Morgan Jones <> wrote:
> At least in CentOS/Redhat, there are Perl modules that aren't available as RPMs
> or are just out of date as RPMs.  This leaves the developer/sysadmin the choice of
> installing from CPAN, potentially causing the problem you describe, or living with
> what's available as an RPM.

On Gentoo it isn't always as bad - there are a lot of developers that
use Gentoo and for whatever reason things like modules tend to be
well-represented.  I just wrote some software using pygit2 and was
surprised that it was available in Gentoo, but not ubuntu 10.10 (which
starcluster is based on).

Tools like g-cpan that convert cpan modules into packages are in some
ways the best of both worlds.  That makes cpan not quite as useful as
a native package, but still better than a tarball.

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