[CentOS] perl 5.8.5-36.el4_5.2

Theo Band theo.band at xanadu-wireless.com
Fri Nov 16 15:46:16 UTC 2007

Johnny Hughes wrote:
> Tom wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Since upgrading to perl 5.8.5-36.el4_5.2 I have had no end of problems,
>> starting with needing compress::zlib which I got from rpmforge, then I
>> had to reinstall scalar::util to get mailscanner working but now I can't
>> install or upgrade any perl modules.
>> Has anyone else had problems or can someone tell me what I've done wrong
>> please?
>> regards
>> tom
> OK ... I want to make something PERFECTLY CLEAR ...
> Using CPAN installed modules is NOT supported while using a Package
> Management system like RPM.
> You should NOT use CPAN to install perl modules, nor should you use pear
> to install pear modules.
> That is because when you reinstall php-pear or perl, you will loose
> these items that are updated/installed in any way other than via RPMS.
> If you are using CentOS. then you need to get all your perl modules and
> pear modules via RPM.  If you need something, it should probably exist
> either at RPMForge, at KBS-Centos-Extras, at EPEL or in the worst case
> condition, take one of the other modules that does exist and use it to
> create the module.
> Also, look in Fedora 6.7.8 and see if you can get an SRPM to make your
> modules.
> If you don't ... when perl or php-pear are upgraded, your install will
> absolutely, positively, beyond any and all shadow of doubt be BROKEN.
> (BTW, this is not to Tom .. but to the whole list ... DON'T INSTALL CRAP
> FROM CPAN !!!!!!!!)
> Thanks,
> Johnny Hughes
Ok, loud and clear.

What's the best way to revert back if a mess has been created. I tried
to install bugzilla on a Centos4.5 server but did not succeed. I now run
bugzilla on a Fedora installation instead. The bugzilla installation
suggested to install all kind of needed perl modules using CPAN.

So what's the best procedure to revert back the perl installation and
maintain it with yum?
I checked with rpm -V perl-5.8.5-36.el4_5.2.i386 and see a lot of
modified files. An uninstall is going to remove 266 packages, so
re-install is not a good option I guess. Yum upgrade/install will not
work, since the package is already installed of course.

Thanks for your help, and I shall never use CPAN again, never I promise.....


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