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Gaurav Vaidya <gaurav@ggvaidya.com>

Hi 7,

Trying with "/usr/local/bin/curl -L -f -s -S --netrc-optional" to get
"http://mirrors.cpan.org/showmirror.cgi?name=xmission.com/MIRRORED.BY"
You have an empty /Users/me/.cpan/sources/MIRRORED.BY,
I'm trying to fetch a better one
LWP not available
Try downloading MIRRORED.BY from http://www.cpan.org/MIRRORED.BY, and
save it into /Users/me/.cpan/sources.
===============


Yeah, I installed my first perl module with cpan: LWP::Simple it is.

Wow, it's as if I've been wandering around in the desert for a week, and
then I stumbled on two aborigine shaman who waved magic sticks over my head,
and all my troubles evaporated into the sky. Thanks!

I still can't install FileUtils::More, which I thought would be an easy
install, but that's because:

cpan[3]> install FileUtils::More
CPAN: Storable loaded ok (v2.20)
Going to read '/Users/me/.cpan/Metadata'
Database was generated on Sun, 01 Nov 2009 22:27:00 GMT
LWP not available

Trying with "/usr/local/bin/curl -L -f -s -S --netrc-optional" to get
"http://cpan.mirror.facebook.net/authors/01mailrc.txt.gz"
CPAN: Compress::Zlib loaded ok (v2.02)
Going to read '/Users/me/.cpan/sources/authors/01mailrc.txt.gz'
............................................................................DONE
LWP not available

Trying with "/usr/local/bin/curl -L -f -s -S --netrc-optional" to get
"http://cpan.mirror.facebook.net/modules/02packages.details.txt.gz"
Going to read '/Users/me/.cpan/sources/modules/02packages.details.txt.gz'
Database was generated on Thu, 12 Nov 2009 05:27:30 GMT
HTTP::Date not available
............................................................................DONE
LWP not available

Trying with "/usr/local/bin/curl -L -f -s -S --netrc-optional" to get
"http://cpan.mirror.facebook.net/modules/03modlist.data.gz"
Going to read '/Users/me/.cpan/sources/modules/03modlist.data.gz'
............................................................................DONE
Going to write /Users/me/.cpan/Metadata
Warning: Cannot install FileUtils::More, don't know what it is.
Try the command

i /FileUtils::More/

to find objects with matching identifiers.

cpan[4]> i /FileUtils::More/
No objects found of any type for argument /FileUtils::More/

cpan[5]> i /FileUtils/
Module Dancer::FileUtils (SUKRIA/Dancer-0.9905.tar.gz)
Module VMS::Fileutils::Root (N/A)
Module VMS::Fileutils::SafeName (N/A)
3 items found

===================


In any case, for anyone else that has similar problems here are the steps I
went through:

I copy and pasted the MIRRORED.BY file at the link suggested:

http://www.cpan.org/MIRRORED.BY

I just pasted it into a text file and saved it to my Desktop with the name
MIRRORED.BY. Then before deleting the MIRRORED.BY file located at
/Users/me/.cpan/sources/MIRRORED.BY, I checked what was in it:

$ sudo cat ~/.cpan/sources/MIRRORED.BY (~ is a shortcut for /Users/you)


And sure enough it was empty, so I did this:

$ sudo rm ~/.cpan/sources/MIRRORED.BY


followed by:

$ mv ~/Desktop/MIRRORED.BY ~/.cpan/sources/MIRRORED.BY


Then I did:

$ sudo perl -MCPAN -e shell
Terminal does not support AddHistory.

cpan shell -- CPAN exploration and modules installation (v1.9402)
Enter 'h' for help.


followed by:

cpan[1]> o conf init urllist



which then led me through a series of questions like this:

----
First, pick a nearby continent and country by typing in the number(s)
in front of the item(s) you want to select. You can pick several of
each, separated by spaces. Then, you will be presented with a list of
URLs of CPAN mirrors in the countries you selected, along with
previously selected URLs. Select some of those URLs, or just keep the
old list. Finally, you will be prompted for any extra URLs -- file:,
ftp:, or http: -- that host a CPAN mirror.

(1) Africa
(2) Asia
(3) Australasia
(4) Central America
(5) Europe
(6) North America
(7) Oceania
(8) South America
(9) (edit previous picks)
Select your continent (or several nearby continents) [9]
------

Note that you type in the number not the name of the continent.

Then I did:

cpan[2]> o conf commit
commit: wrote '/usr/local/lib/perl5/5.10.1/CPAN/Config.pm'

and finally:

cpan[7]> install LWP::Simple

<snip massive amounts of output>

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