[CentOS] Re: perl 5.8.5-36.el4_5.2

Tom admin at homemachine.net
Wed Nov 21 23:07:22 UTC 2007

Scott Silva wrote:
> on 11/16/2007 7:46 AM Theo Band spake the following:
>> 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.....
>> Cheers,
>> Theo
> You could try rpm -Uvh --replacefiles and see if it fixes it

Thanks for the heads up Johnny, I ended up manually removing as many 
cpan modules 1 by 1 that I could find rpm's for and installing the 
appropriate rpm's. There are still quite a few cpan modules that don't 
have rpm's but I now have everything fixed :)


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