# -*- Mode: cperl; coding: utf-8; cperl-indent-level: 4 -*-
# vim: ts=4 sts=4 sw=4:
use strict;
package CPAN;
$CPAN::VERSION = '2.36';
$CPAN::VERSION =~ s/_//;

# we need to run chdir all over and we would get at wrong libraries
# there
use File::Spec ();
    if (File::Spec->can("rel2abs")) {
        for my $inc (@INC) {
            $inc = File::Spec->rel2abs($inc) unless ref $inc;
    $SIG{WINCH} = 'IGNORE' if exists $SIG{WINCH};
use CPAN::Author;
use CPAN::HandleConfig;
use CPAN::Version;
use CPAN::Bundle;
use CPAN::CacheMgr;
use CPAN::Complete;
use CPAN::Debug;
use CPAN::Distribution;
use CPAN::Distrostatus;
use CPAN::FTP;
use CPAN::Index 1.93; # https://rt.cpan.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=43349
use CPAN::InfoObj;
use CPAN::Module;
use CPAN::Prompt;
use CPAN::URL;
use CPAN::Queue;
use CPAN::Tarzip;
use CPAN::DeferredCode;
use CPAN::Shell;
use CPAN::LWP::UserAgent;
use CPAN::Exception::RecursiveDependency;
use CPAN::Exception::yaml_not_installed;
use CPAN::Exception::yaml_process_error;

use Carp ();
use Config ();
use Cwd qw(chdir);
use DirHandle ();
use Exporter ();
use ExtUtils::MakeMaker qw(prompt); # for some unknown reason,
                                    # 5.005_04 does not work without
                                    # this
use File::Basename ();
use File::Copy ();
use File::Find;
use File::Path ();
use FileHandle ();
use Fcntl qw(:flock);
use Safe ();
use Sys::Hostname qw(hostname);
use Text::ParseWords ();
use Text::Wrap ();

# protect against "called too early"
sub find_perl ();
sub anycwd ();
sub _uniq;

no lib ".";

require Mac::BuildTools if $^O eq 'MacOS';
    my @rec = _uniq split(/,/, $ENV{PERL5_CPAN_IS_RUNNING_IN_RECURSION}), $$;
    $ENV{PERL5_CPAN_IS_RUNNING_IN_RECURSION} = join ",", @rec;
    # warn "# Note: Recursive call of CPAN.pm detected\n";
    my $w = sprintf "# Note: CPAN.pm is running in process %d now", pop @rec;
    my %sleep = (
                 5 => 30,
                 6 => 60,
                 7 => 120,
    my $sleep = @rec > 7 ? 300 : ($sleep{scalar @rec}||0);
    my $verbose = @rec >= 4;
    while (@rec) {
        $w .= sprintf " which has been called by process %d", pop @rec;
    if ($sleep) {
        $w .= ".\n\n# Sleeping $sleep seconds to protect other processes\n";
    if ($verbose) {
        warn $w;
    local $| = 1;
    my $have_been_sleeping = 0;
    while ($sleep > 0) {
        printf "\r#%5d", --$sleep;
        sleep 1;
    print "\n" if $have_been_sleeping;
$ENV{PERL5_CPANPLUS_IS_RUNNING}=$$; # https://rt.cpan.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=23735

END { $CPAN::End++; &cleanup; }

$CPAN::Signal ||= 0;
$CPAN::Frontend ||= "CPAN::Shell";
unless (@CPAN::Defaultsites) {
    @CPAN::Defaultsites = map {
        CPAN::URL->new(TEXT => $_, FROM => "DEF")
# $CPAN::iCwd (i for initial)
$CPAN::iCwd ||= CPAN::anycwd();
$CPAN::Perl ||= CPAN::find_perl();
$CPAN::Defaultdocs ||= "http://search.cpan.org/perldoc?";
$CPAN::Defaultrecent ||= "http://search.cpan.org/uploads.rdf";
$CPAN::Defaultrecent ||= "http://cpan.uwinnipeg.ca/htdocs/cpan.xml";

# our globals are getting a mess
use vars qw(


@CPAN::ISA = qw(CPAN::Debug Exporter);

# note that these functions live in CPAN::Shell and get executed via
# AUTOLOAD when called directly
@EXPORT = qw(

sub soft_chdir_with_alternatives ($);

    $autoload_recursion ||= 0;

    #-> sub CPAN::AUTOLOAD ;
    sub AUTOLOAD { ## no critic
        my($l) = $AUTOLOAD;
        $l =~ s/.*:://;
        if ($CPAN::Signal) {
            warn "Refusing to autoload '$l' while signal pending";
        if ($autoload_recursion > 1) {
            my $fullcommand = join " ", map { "'$_'" } $l, @_;
            warn "Refusing to autoload $fullcommand in recursion\n";
        @export{@EXPORT} = '';
        CPAN::HandleConfig->load unless $CPAN::Config_loaded++;
        if (exists $export{$l}) {
        } else {
            die(qq{Unknown CPAN command "$AUTOLOAD". }.
                qq{Type ? for help.\n});

    my $x = *SAVEOUT; # avoid warning
    open($x,">&STDOUT") or die "dup failed";
    my $redir = 0;
    sub _redirect(@) {
        #die if $redir;
        local $_;
        while(defined($_=shift)) {
            if (s/^\s*>//){
                my ($m) = s/^>// ? ">" : "";
                $_=shift unless length;
                die "no dest" unless defined;
                open(STDOUT,">$m$_") or die "open:$_:$!\n";
            } elsif ( s/^\s*\|\s*// ) {
                my $pipe="| $_";
                    $pipe .= ' ' . shift;
                open(STDOUT,$pipe) or die "open:$pipe:$!\n";
            } else {
        return @_;
    sub _unredirect {
        return unless $redir;
        $redir = 0;
        ## redirect: unredirect and propagate errors.  explicit close to wait for pipe.
        die "$@" if "$@";
        ## redirect: done

sub _uniq {
    my(@list) = @_;
    my %seen;
    return grep { !$seen{$_}++ } @list;

#-> sub CPAN::shell ;
sub shell {
    my($self) = @_;
    $Suppress_readline = ! -t STDIN unless defined $Suppress_readline;
    CPAN::HandleConfig->load unless $CPAN::Config_loaded++;

    my $oprompt = shift || CPAN::Prompt->new;
    my $prompt = $oprompt;
    my $commandline = shift || "";
    $CPAN::CurrentCommandId ||= 1;

    local($^W) = 1;
    unless ($Suppress_readline) {
        require Term::ReadLine;
        if (! $term
            $term->ReadLine eq "Term::ReadLine::Stub"
           ) {
            $term = Term::ReadLine->new('CPAN Monitor');
        if ($term->ReadLine eq "Term::ReadLine::Gnu") {
            my $attribs = $term->Attribs;
            $attribs->{attempted_completion_function} = sub {
        } else {
            $readline::rl_completion_function =
                $readline::rl_completion_function = 'CPAN::Complete::cpl';
        if (my $histfile = $CPAN::Config->{'histfile'}) {{
            unless ($term->can("AddHistory")) {
                $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("Terminal does not support AddHistory.\n");
                unless ($CPAN::META->has_inst('Term::ReadLine::Perl')) {
                    $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("\nTo fix that, maybe try>  install Term::ReadLine::Perl\n\n");
        for ($CPAN::Config->{term_ornaments}) { # alias
            local $Term::ReadLine::termcap_nowarn = 1;
            $term->ornaments($_) if defined;
        # $term->OUT is autoflushed anyway
        my $odef = select STDERR;
        $| = 1;
        select STDOUT;
        $| = 1;
        select $odef;

    my @cwd = grep { defined $_ and length $_ }
              File::Spec->can("tmpdir") ? File::Spec->tmpdir() : (),
    my $try_detect_readline;
    $try_detect_readline = $term->ReadLine eq "Term::ReadLine::Stub" if $term;
    unless ($CPAN::Config->{inhibit_startup_message}) {
        my $rl_avail = $Suppress_readline ? "suppressed" :
            ($term->ReadLine ne "Term::ReadLine::Stub") ? "enabled" :
                "available (maybe install Bundle::CPAN or Bundle::CPANxxl?)";
                                 sprintf qq{
cpan shell -- CPAN exploration and modules installation (v%s)
Enter 'h' for help.

    my($continuation) = "";
    my $last_term_ornaments;
  SHELLCOMMAND: while () {
        if ($Suppress_readline) {
            if ($Echo_readline) {
            print $prompt;
            last SHELLCOMMAND unless defined ($_ = <> );
            if ($Echo_readline) {
                # backdoor: I could not find a way to record sessions
                print $_;
        } else {
            last SHELLCOMMAND unless
                defined ($_ = $term->readline($prompt, $commandline));
        $_ = "$continuation$_" if $continuation;
        next SHELLCOMMAND if /^$/;
        s/^\s*\?\s*/help /;
        if (/^(?:q(?:uit)?|bye|exit)\s*$/i) {
            last SHELLCOMMAND;
        } elsif (s/\\$//s) {
            $continuation = $_;
            $prompt = "    > ";
        } elsif (/^\!/) {
            my($eval) = $_;
                CPAN::Eval; # hide from the indexer
            use strict;
            use vars qw($import_done);
            CPAN->import(':DEFAULT') unless $import_done++;
            CPAN->debug("eval[$eval]") if $CPAN::DEBUG;
            warn $@ if $@;
            $continuation = "";
            $prompt = $oprompt;
        } elsif (/./) {
            eval { @line = Text::ParseWords::shellwords($_) };
            warn($@), next SHELLCOMMAND if $@;
            warn("Text::Parsewords could not parse the line [$_]"),
                next SHELLCOMMAND unless @line;
            $CPAN::META->debug("line[".join("|",@line)."]") if $CPAN::DEBUG;
            my $command = shift @line;
            eval {
                local (*STDOUT)=*STDOUT;
                @line = _redirect(@line);
            my $command_error = $@;
            my $reported_error;
            if ($command_error) {
                my $err = $command_error;
                if (ref $err and $err->isa('CPAN::Exception::blocked_urllist')) {
                    $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("Client not fully configured, please proceed with configuring.$err");
                    $reported_error = ref $err;
                } else {
                    # I'd prefer never to arrive here and make all errors exception objects
                    if ($err =~ /\S/) {
                        require Carp;
                        require Dumpvalue;
                        my $dv = Dumpvalue->new(tick => '"');
                        Carp::cluck(sprintf "Catching error: %s", $dv->stringify($err));
            if ($command =~ /^(
                             # classic commands

                             # pragmas for classic commands

                             # compounds
                            )$/x) {
                # only commands that tell us something about failed distros
                # eval necessary for people without an urllist
                eval {CPAN::Shell->failed($CPAN::CurrentCommandId,1);};
                if (my $err = $@) {
                    unless (ref $err and $reported_error eq ref $err) {
                        die $@;
            $continuation = "";
            $prompt = $oprompt;
    } continue {
        $commandline = ""; # I do want to be able to pass a default to
                           # shell, but on the second command I see no
                           # use in that
        if ($try_detect_readline) {
            if ($CPAN::META->has_inst("Term::ReadLine::Gnu")
            ) {
                delete $INC{"Term/ReadLine.pm"};
                my $redef = 0;
                local($SIG{__WARN__}) = CPAN::Shell::paintdots_onreload(\$redef);
                require Term::ReadLine;
                $CPAN::Frontend->myprint("\n$redef subroutines in ".
                                         "Term::ReadLine redefined\n");
                $GOTOSHELL = 1;
        if ($term and $term->can("ornaments")) {
            for ($CPAN::Config->{term_ornaments}) { # alias
                if (defined $_) {
                    if (not defined $last_term_ornaments
                        or $_ != $last_term_ornaments
                    ) {
                        local $Term::ReadLine::termcap_nowarn = 1;
                        $last_term_ornaments = $_;
                } else {
                    undef $last_term_ornaments;
        for my $class (qw(Module Distribution)) {
            # again unsafe meta access?
            for my $dm (sort keys %{$CPAN::META->{readwrite}{"CPAN::$class"}}) {
                next unless $CPAN::META->{readwrite}{"CPAN::$class"}{$dm}{incommandcolor};
                CPAN->debug("BUG: $class '$dm' was in command state, resetting");
                delete $CPAN::META->{readwrite}{"CPAN::$class"}{$dm}{incommandcolor};
        if ($GOTOSHELL) {
            $GOTOSHELL = 0; # not too often
            $META->savehist if $CPAN::term && $CPAN::term->can("GetHistory");
            @_ = ($oprompt,"");
            goto &shell;

#-> CPAN::soft_chdir_with_alternatives ;
sub soft_chdir_with_alternatives ($) {
    my($cwd) = @_;
    unless (@$cwd) {
        my $root = File::Spec->rootdir();
        $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn(qq{Warning: no good directory to chdir to!
Trying '$root' as temporary haven.
        push @$cwd, $root;
    while () {
        if (chdir "$cwd->[0]") {
        } else {
            if (@$cwd>1) {
                $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn(qq{Could not chdir to "$cwd->[0]": $!
Trying to chdir to "$cwd->[1]" instead.
                shift @$cwd;
            } else {
                $CPAN::Frontend->mydie(qq{Could not chdir to "$cwd->[0]": $!});

sub _flock {
    my($fh,$mode) = @_;
    if ( $Config::Config{d_flock} || $Config::Config{d_fcntl_can_lock} ) {
        return flock $fh, $mode;
    } elsif (!$Have_warned->{"d_flock"}++) {
        $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("Your OS does not seem to support locking; continuing and ignoring all locking issues\n");
        return 1;
    } else {
        return 1;

sub _yaml_module () {
    my $yaml_module = $CPAN::Config->{yaml_module} || "YAML";
    if (
        $yaml_module ne "YAML"
       ) {
        # $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("'$yaml_module' not installed, falling back to 'YAML'\n");
        $yaml_module = "YAML";
    if ($yaml_module eq "YAML"
        $YAML::VERSION < 0.60
       ) {
        $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("Warning: YAML version '$YAML::VERSION' is too low, please upgrade!\n".
                                "I'll continue but problems are *very* likely to happen.\n"
    return $yaml_module;

# CPAN::_yaml_loadfile
sub _yaml_loadfile {
    my($self,$local_file,$opt) = @_;
    return +[] unless -s $local_file;
    my $opt_loadblessed = $opt->{loadblessed} || $CPAN::Config->{yaml_load_code} || 0;
    my $yaml_module = _yaml_module;
    if ($CPAN::META->has_inst($yaml_module)) {
        # temporarily enable yaml code deserialisation
        no strict 'refs';
        # 5.6.2 could not do the local() with the reference
        # so we do it manually instead
        my $old_loadcode = ${"$yaml_module\::LoadCode"};
        my $old_loadblessed = ${"$yaml_module\::LoadBlessed"};
        ${ "$yaml_module\::LoadCode" } = $CPAN::Config->{yaml_load_code} || 0;
        ${ "$yaml_module\::LoadBlessed" } = $opt_loadblessed ? 1 : 0;

        my ($code, @yaml);
        if ($code = UNIVERSAL::can($yaml_module, "LoadFile")) {
            eval { @yaml = $code->($local_file); };
            if ($@) {
                # this shall not be done by the frontend
                die CPAN::Exception::yaml_process_error->new($yaml_module,$local_file,"parse",$@);
        } elsif ($code = UNIVERSAL::can($yaml_module, "Load")) {
            local *FH;
            if (open FH, $local_file) {
                local $/;
                my $ystream = <FH>;
                eval { @yaml = $code->($ystream); };
                if ($@) {
                    # this shall not be done by the frontend
                    die CPAN::Exception::yaml_process_error->new($yaml_module,$local_file,"parse",$@);
            } else {
                $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("Could not open '$local_file': $!");
        ${"$yaml_module\::LoadCode"} = $old_loadcode;
        ${"$yaml_module\::LoadBlessed"} = $old_loadblessed;
        return \@yaml;
    } else {
        # this shall not be done by the frontend
        die CPAN::Exception::yaml_not_installed->new($yaml_module, $local_file, "parse");
    return +[];

# CPAN::_yaml_dumpfile
sub _yaml_dumpfile {
    my($self,$local_file,@what) = @_;
    my $yaml_module = _yaml_module;
    if ($CPAN::META->has_inst($yaml_module)) {
        my $code;
        if (UNIVERSAL::isa($local_file, "FileHandle")) {
            $code = UNIVERSAL::can($yaml_module, "Dump");
            eval { print $local_file $code->(@what) };
        } elsif ($code = UNIVERSAL::can($yaml_module, "DumpFile")) {
            eval { $code->($local_file,@what); };
        } elsif ($code = UNIVERSAL::can($yaml_module, "Dump")) {
            local *FH;
            open FH, ">$local_file" or die "Could not open '$local_file': $!";
            print FH $code->(@what);
        if ($@) {
            die CPAN::Exception::yaml_process_error->new($yaml_module,$local_file,"dump",$@);
    } else {
        if (UNIVERSAL::isa($local_file, "FileHandle")) {
            # I think this case does not justify a warning at all
        } else {
            die CPAN::Exception::yaml_not_installed->new($yaml_module, $local_file, "dump");

sub _init_sqlite () {
    unless ($CPAN::META->has_inst("CPAN::SQLite")) {
        $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn(qq{CPAN::SQLite not installed, trying to work without\n})
            unless $Have_warned->{"CPAN::SQLite"}++;
    require CPAN::SQLite::META; # not needed since CVS version of 2006-12-17
    $CPAN::SQLite ||= CPAN::SQLite::META->new($CPAN::META);

    my $negative_cache = {};
    sub _sqlite_running {
        if ($negative_cache->{time} && time < $negative_cache->{time} + 60) {
            # need to cache the result, otherwise too slow
            return $negative_cache->{fact};
        } else {
            $negative_cache = {}; # reset
        my $ret = $CPAN::Config->{use_sqlite} && ($CPAN::SQLite || _init_sqlite());
        return $ret if $ret; # fast anyway
        $negative_cache->{time} = time;
        return $negative_cache->{fact} = $ret;

$META ||= CPAN->new; # In case we re-eval ourselves we need the ||

# from here on only subs.

sub _perl_fingerprint {
    my($self,$other_fingerprint) = @_;
    my $dll = eval {OS2::DLLname()};
    my $mtime_dll = 0;
    if (defined $dll) {
        $mtime_dll = (-f $dll ? (stat(_))[9] : '-1');
    my $mtime_perl = (-f CPAN::find_perl ? (stat(_))[9] : '-1');
    my $this_fingerprint = {
                            '$^X' => CPAN::find_perl,
                            sitearchexp => $Config::Config{sitearchexp},
                            'mtime_$^X' => $mtime_perl,
                            'mtime_dll' => $mtime_dll,
    if ($other_fingerprint) {
        if (exists $other_fingerprint->{'stat($^X)'}) { # repair fp from rev. 1.88_57
            $other_fingerprint->{'mtime_$^X'} = $other_fingerprint->{'stat($^X)'}[9];
        # mandatory keys since 1.88_57
        for my $key (qw($^X sitearchexp mtime_dll mtime_$^X)) {
            return unless $other_fingerprint->{$key} eq $this_fingerprint->{$key};
        return 1;
    } else {
        return $this_fingerprint;

sub suggest_myconfig () {
  SUGGEST_MYCONFIG: if(!$INC{'CPAN/MyConfig.pm'}) {
        $CPAN::Frontend->myprint("You don't seem to have a user ".
                                 "configuration (MyConfig.pm) yet.\n");
        my $new = CPAN::Shell::colorable_makemaker_prompt("Do you want to create a ".
                                              "user configuration now? (Y/n)",
        if($new =~ m{^y}i) {
            return &checklock;
        } else {
            $CPAN::Frontend->mydie("OK, giving up.");

#-> sub CPAN::all_objects ;
sub all_objects {
    my($mgr,$class) = @_;
    CPAN::HandleConfig->load unless $CPAN::Config_loaded++;
    CPAN->debug("mgr[$mgr] class[$class]") if $CPAN::DEBUG;
    values %{ $META->{readwrite}{$class} }; # unsafe meta access, ok

# Called by shell, not in batch mode. In batch mode I see no risk in
# having many processes updating something as installations are
# continually checked at runtime. In shell mode I suspect it is
# unintentional to open more than one shell at a time

#-> sub CPAN::checklock ;
sub checklock {
    my($self) = @_;
    my $lockfile = File::Spec->catfile($CPAN::Config->{cpan_home},".lock");
    if (-f $lockfile && -M _ > 0) {
        my $fh = FileHandle->new($lockfile) or
            $CPAN::Frontend->mydie("Could not open lockfile '$lockfile': $!");
        my $otherpid  = <$fh>;
        my $otherhost = <$fh>;
        if (defined $otherpid && length $otherpid) {
            chomp $otherpid;
        if (defined $otherhost && length $otherhost) {
            chomp $otherhost;
        my $thishost  = hostname();
        my $ask_if_degraded_wanted = 0;
        if (defined $otherhost && defined $thishost &&
            $otherhost ne '' && $thishost ne '' &&
            $otherhost ne $thishost) {
            $CPAN::Frontend->mydie(sprintf("CPAN.pm panic: Lockfile '$lockfile'\n".
                                           "reports other host $otherhost and other ".
                                           "process $otherpid.\n".
                                           "Cannot proceed.\n"));
        } elsif ($RUN_DEGRADED) {
            $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("Running in downgraded mode (experimental)\n");
        } elsif (defined $otherpid && $otherpid) {
            return if $$ == $otherpid; # should never happen
There seems to be running another CPAN process (pid $otherpid).  Contacting...
            if (kill 0, $otherpid or $!{EPERM}) {
                $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn(qq{Other job is running.\n});
                $ask_if_degraded_wanted = 1;
            } elsif (-w $lockfile) {
                my($ans) =
                        (qq{Other job not responding. Shall I overwrite }.
                        qq{the lockfile '$lockfile'? (Y/n)},"y");
            $CPAN::Frontend->myexit("Ok, bye\n")
                unless $ans =~ /^y/i;
            } else {
                    qq{Lockfile '$lockfile' not writable by you. }.
                    qq{Cannot proceed.\n}.
                    qq{    On UNIX try:\n}.
                    qq{    rm '$lockfile'\n}.
                    qq{  and then rerun us.\n}
        } elsif ($^O eq "MSWin32") {
There seems to be running another CPAN process according to '$lockfile'.
            $ask_if_degraded_wanted = 1;
        } else {
            $CPAN::Frontend->mydie(sprintf("CPAN.pm panic: Found invalid lockfile ".
                                           "'$lockfile', please remove. Cannot proceed.\n"));
        if ($ask_if_degraded_wanted) {
            my($ans) =
                    (qq{Shall I try to run in downgraded }.
                     qq{mode? (Y/n)},"y");
            if ($ans =~ /^y/i) {
                $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("Running in downgraded mode (experimental).
Please report if something unexpected happens\n");
                $RUN_DEGRADED = 1;
                for ($CPAN::Config) {
                    # XXX
                    # $_->{build_dir_reuse} = 0; # 2006-11-17 akoenig Why was that?
                    $_->{commandnumber_in_prompt} = 0; # visibility
                    $_->{histfile}       = "";  # who should win otherwise?
                    $_->{cache_metadata} = 0;   # better would be a lock?
                    $_->{use_sqlite}     = 0;   # better would be a write lock!
                    $_->{auto_commit}    = 0;   # we are violent, do not persist
                    $_->{test_report}    = 0;   # Oliver Paukstadt had sent wrong reports in degraded mode
            } else {
                my $msg = "You may want to kill the other job and delete the lockfile.";
                if (defined $otherpid) {
                    $msg .= " Something like:
    kill $otherpid
    rm $lockfile
    my $dotcpan = $CPAN::Config->{cpan_home};
    eval { File::Path::mkpath($dotcpan);};
    if ($@) {
        # A special case at least for Jarkko.
        my $firsterror = $@;
        my $seconderror;
        my $symlinkcpan;
        if (-l $dotcpan) {
            $symlinkcpan = readlink $dotcpan;
            die "readlink $dotcpan failed: $!" unless defined $symlinkcpan;
            eval { File::Path::mkpath($symlinkcpan); };
            if ($@) {
                $seconderror = $@;
            } else {
Working directory $symlinkcpan created.
        unless (-d $dotcpan) {
            my $mess = qq{
Your configuration suggests "$dotcpan" as your
CPAN.pm working directory. I could not create this directory due
to this error: $firsterror\n};
            $mess .= qq{
As "$dotcpan" is a symlink to "$symlinkcpan",
I tried to create that, but I failed with this error: $seconderror
} if $seconderror;
            $mess .= qq{
Please make sure the directory exists and is writable.
            return suggest_myconfig;
    } # $@ after eval mkpath $dotcpan
    if (0) { # to test what happens when a race condition occurs
        for (reverse 1..10) {
            print $_, "\n";
            sleep 1;
    # locking
    if (!$RUN_DEGRADED && !$self->{LOCKFH}) {
        my $fh;
        unless ($fh = FileHandle->new("+>>$lockfile")) {

Your configuration suggests that CPAN.pm should use a working
directory of
Unfortunately we could not create the lock file
due to '$!'.

Please make sure that the configuration variable
points to a directory where you can write a .lock file. You can set
this variable in either a CPAN/MyConfig.pm or a CPAN/Config.pm in your
\@INC path;
            return suggest_myconfig;
        my $sleep = 1;
        while (!CPAN::_flock($fh, LOCK_EX|LOCK_NB)) {
            my $err = $! || "unknown error";
            if ($sleep>3) {
                $CPAN::Frontend->mydie("Could not lock '$lockfile' with flock: $err; giving up\n");
            $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("Could not lock '$lockfile' with flock: $err; retrying\n");

        seek $fh, 0, 0;
        truncate $fh, 0;
        $fh->print($$, "\n");
        $fh->print(hostname(), "\n");
        $self->{LOCK} = $lockfile;
        $self->{LOCKFH} = $fh;
    $SIG{TERM} = sub {
        my $sig = shift;
        $CPAN::Frontend->mydie("Got SIG$sig, leaving");
    $SIG{INT} = sub {
      # no blocks!!!
        my $sig = shift;
        &cleanup if $Signal;
        die "Got yet another signal" if $Signal > 1;
        $CPAN::Frontend->mydie("Got another SIG$sig") if $Signal;
        $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("Caught SIG$sig, trying to continue\n");

#       From: Larry Wall <larry@wall.org>
#       Subject: Re: deprecating SIGDIE
#       To: perl5-porters@perl.org
#       Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 14:58:40 -0700 (PDT)
#       The original intent of __DIE__ was only to allow you to substitute one
#       kind of death for another on an application-wide basis without respect
#       to whether you were in an eval or not.  As a global backstop, it should
#       not be used any more lightly (or any more heavily :-) than class
#       UNIVERSAL.  Any attempt to build a general exception model on it should
#       be politely squashed.  Any bug that causes every eval {} to have to be
#       modified should be not so politely squashed.
#       Those are my current opinions.  It is also my opinion that polite
#       arguments degenerate to personal arguments far too frequently, and that
#       when they do, it's because both people wanted it to, or at least didn't
#       sufficiently want it not to.
#       Larry

    # global backstop to cleanup if we should really die
    $SIG{__DIE__} = \&cleanup;
    $self->debug("Signal handler set.") if $CPAN::DEBUG;

#-> sub CPAN::DESTROY ;
    &cleanup; # need an eval?

#-> sub CPAN::anycwd ;
sub anycwd () {
    my $getcwd;
    $getcwd = $CPAN::Config->{'getcwd'} || 'cwd';

#-> sub CPAN::cwd ;
sub cwd {Cwd::cwd();}

#-> sub CPAN::getcwd ;
sub getcwd {Cwd::getcwd();}

#-> sub CPAN::fastcwd ;
sub fastcwd {Cwd::fastcwd();}

#-> sub CPAN::getdcwd ;
sub getdcwd {Cwd::getdcwd();}

#-> sub CPAN::backtickcwd ;
sub backtickcwd {my $cwd = `cwd`; chomp $cwd; $cwd}

# Adapted from Probe::Perl
#-> sub CPAN::_perl_is_same
sub _perl_is_same {
  my ($perl) = @_;
  return MM->maybe_command($perl)
    && `$perl -MConfig=myconfig -e print -e myconfig` eq Config->myconfig;

# Adapted in part from Probe::Perl
#-> sub CPAN::find_perl ;
sub find_perl () {
    if ( File::Spec->file_name_is_absolute($^X) ) {
        return $^X;
    else {
        my $exe = $Config::Config{exe_ext};
        my @candidates = (
        for my $perl_name ($^X, 'perl', 'perl5', "perl$]") {
            for my $path (File::Spec->path(), $Config::Config{'binexp'}) {
                if ( defined($path) && length $path && -d $path ) {
                    my $perl = File::Spec->catfile($path,$perl_name);
                    push @candidates, $perl;
                    # try with extension if not provided already
                    if ($^O eq 'VMS') {
                        # VMS might have a file version at the end
                        push @candidates, $perl . $exe
                            unless $perl =~ m/$exe(;\d+)?$/i;
                    } elsif (defined $exe && length $exe) {
                        push @candidates, $perl . $exe
                            unless $perl =~ m/$exe$/i;
        for my $perl ( @candidates ) {
            if (MM->maybe_command($perl) && _perl_is_same($perl)) {
                $^X = $perl;
                return $perl;
    return $^X; # default fall back

#-> sub CPAN::exists ;
sub exists {
    my($mgr,$class,$id) = @_;
    CPAN::HandleConfig->load unless $CPAN::Config_loaded++;
    ### Carp::croak "exists called without class argument" unless $class;
    $id ||= "";
    $id =~ s/:+/::/g if $class eq "CPAN::Module";
    my $exists;
    if (CPAN::_sqlite_running) {
        $exists = (exists $META->{readonly}{$class}{$id} or
                   $CPAN::SQLite->set($class, $id));
    } else {
        $exists =  exists $META->{readonly}{$class}{$id};
    $exists ||= exists $META->{readwrite}{$class}{$id}; # unsafe meta access, ok

#-> sub CPAN::delete ;
sub delete {
  my($mgr,$class,$id) = @_;
  delete $META->{readonly}{$class}{$id}; # unsafe meta access, ok
  delete $META->{readwrite}{$class}{$id}; # unsafe meta access, ok

#-> sub CPAN::has_usable
# has_inst is sometimes too optimistic, we should replace it with this
# has_usable whenever a case is given
sub has_usable {
    my($self,$mod,$message) = @_;
    return 1 if $HAS_USABLE->{$mod};
    my $has_inst = $self->has_inst($mod,$message);
    return unless $has_inst;
    my $usable;
    $usable = {

               # most of these subroutines warn on the frontend, then
               # die if the installed version is unusable for some
               # reason; has_usable() then returns false when it caught
               # an exception, otherwise returns true and caches that;
               'CPAN::Meta' => [
                            sub {
                                require CPAN::Meta;
                                unless (CPAN::Version->vge(CPAN::Meta->VERSION, 2.110350)) {
                                    for ("Will not use CPAN::Meta, need version 2.110350\n") {
                                        die $_;

               'CPAN::Meta::Requirements' => [
                            sub {
                                if (defined $CPAN::Meta::Requirements::VERSION
                                    && CPAN::Version->vlt($CPAN::Meta::Requirements::VERSION, "2.120920")
                                   ) {
                                    delete $INC{"CPAN/Meta/Requirements.pm"};
                                require CPAN::Meta::Requirements;
                                unless (CPAN::Version->vge(CPAN::Meta::Requirements->VERSION, 2.120920)) {
                                    for ("Will not use CPAN::Meta::Requirements, need version 2.120920\n") {
                                        die $_;

               'CPAN::Reporter' => [
                            sub {
                                if (defined $CPAN::Reporter::VERSION
                                    && CPAN::Version->vlt($CPAN::Reporter::VERSION, "1.2011")
                                   ) {
                                    delete $INC{"CPAN/Reporter.pm"};
                                require CPAN::Reporter;
                                unless (CPAN::Version->vge(CPAN::Reporter->VERSION, "1.2011")) {
                                    for ("Will not use CPAN::Reporter, need version 1.2011\n") {
                                        die $_;

               LWP => [ # we frequently had "Can't locate object
                        # method "new" via package "LWP::UserAgent" at
                        # (eval 69) line 2006
                       sub {require LWP},
                       sub {require LWP::UserAgent},
                       sub {require HTTP::Request},
                       sub {require URI::URL;
                            unless (CPAN::Version->vge(URI::URL::->VERSION,0.08)) {
                                for ("Will not use URI::URL, need 0.08\n") {
                                    die $_;
               'Net::FTP' => [
                            sub {
                                my $var = $CPAN::Config->{ftp_proxy} || $ENV{ftp_proxy};
                                if ($var and $var =~ /^http:/i) {
                                    # rt #110833
                                    for ("Net::FTP cannot handle http proxy") {
                                        die $_;
                            sub {require Net::FTP},
                            sub {require Net::Config},
               'IO::Socket::SSL' => [
                                 sub {
                                     require IO::Socket::SSL;
                                     unless (CPAN::Version->vge(IO::Socket::SSL::->VERSION,1.56)) {
                                         for ("Will not use IO::Socket::SSL, need 1.56\n") {
                                             die $_;
               'Net::SSLeay' => [
                                 sub {
                                     require Net::SSLeay;
                                     unless (CPAN::Version->vge(Net::SSLeay::->VERSION,1.49)) {
                                         for ("Will not use Net::SSLeay, need 1.49\n") {
                                             die $_;
               'HTTP::Tiny' => [
                            sub {
                                require HTTP::Tiny;
                                unless (CPAN::Version->vge(HTTP::Tiny->VERSION, 0.005)) {
                                    for ("Will not use HTTP::Tiny, need version 0.005\n") {
                                        die $_;
               'File::HomeDir' => [
                                   sub {require File::HomeDir;
                                        unless (CPAN::Version->vge(File::HomeDir::->VERSION, 0.52)) {
                                            for ("Will not use File::HomeDir, need 0.52\n") {
                                                die $_;
               'Archive::Tar' => [
                                  sub {require Archive::Tar;
                                       my $demand = "1.50";
                                       unless (CPAN::Version->vge(Archive::Tar::->VERSION, $demand)) {
                                            my $atv = Archive::Tar->VERSION;
                                            for ("You have Archive::Tar $atv, but $demand or later is recommended. Please upgrade.\n") {
                                            # don't die, because we may need
                                            # Archive::Tar to upgrade

               'File::Temp' => [
                                # XXX we should probably delete from
                                # %INC too so we can load after we
                                # installed a new enough version --
                                # I'm not sure.
                                sub {require File::Temp;
                                     unless (CPAN::Version->vge(File::Temp::->VERSION,0.16)) {
                                         for ("Will not use File::Temp, need 0.16\n") {
                                                die $_;
    if ($usable->{$mod}) {
        local @INC = @INC;
        pop @INC if $INC[-1] eq '.';
        for my $c (0..$#{$usable->{$mod}}) {
            my $code = $usable->{$mod}[$c];
            my $ret = eval { &$code() };
            $ret = "" unless defined $ret;
            if ($@) {
                # warn "DEBUG: c[$c]\$\@[$@]ret[$ret]";
    return $HAS_USABLE->{$mod} = 1;

sub frontend {
    $CPAN::Frontend = shift if @_;

sub use_inst {
    my ($self, $module) = @_;

    unless ($self->has_inst($module)) {
        $self->frontend->mydie("$module not installed, cannot continue");

#-> sub CPAN::has_inst
sub has_inst {
    my($self,$mod,$message) = @_;
    Carp::croak("CPAN->has_inst() called without an argument")
        unless defined $mod;
    my %dont = map { $_ => 1 } keys %{$CPAN::META->{dontload_hash}||{}},
        keys %{$CPAN::Config->{dontload_hash}||{}},
    if (defined $message && $message eq "no"  # as far as I remember only used by Nox
       ) {
      $CPAN::META->{dontload_hash}{$mod}||=1; # unsafe meta access, ok
      return 0;
    local @INC = @INC;
    pop @INC if $INC[-1] eq '.';
    my $file = $mod;
    my $obj;
    $file =~ s|::|/|g;
    $file .= ".pm";
    if ($INC{$file}) {
        # checking %INC is wrong, because $INC{LWP} may be true
        # although $INC{"URI/URL.pm"} may have failed. But as
        # I really want to say "blah loaded OK", I have to somehow
        # cache results.
        ### warn "$file in %INC"; #debug
        return 1;
    } elsif (eval { require $file }) {
        # eval is good: if we haven't yet read the database it's
        # perfect and if we have installed the module in the meantime,
        # it tries again. The second require is only a NOOP returning
        # 1 if we had success, otherwise it's retrying

        my $mtime = (stat $INC{$file})[9];
        # privileged files loaded by has_inst; Note: we use $mtime
        # as a proxy for a checksum.
        $CPAN::Shell::reload->{$file} = $mtime;
        my $v = eval "\$$mod\::VERSION";
        $v = $v ? " (v$v)" : "";
        CPAN::Shell->optprint("load_module","CPAN: $mod loaded ok$v\n");
        if ($mod eq "CPAN::WAIT") {
            push @CPAN::Shell::ISA, 'CPAN::WAIT';
        return 1;
    } elsif ($mod eq "Net::FTP") {
  Please, install Net::FTP as soon as possible. CPAN.pm installs it for you
  if you just type
      install Bundle::libnet

}) unless $Have_warned->{"Net::FTP"}++;
    } elsif ($mod eq "Digest::SHA") {
        if ($Have_warned->{"Digest::SHA"}++) {
            $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn(qq{CPAN: checksum security checks disabled }.
                                     qq{because Digest::SHA not installed.\n});
        } else {
  CPAN: checksum security checks disabled because Digest::SHA not installed.
  Please consider installing the Digest::SHA module.

    } elsif ($mod eq "Module::Signature") {
        # NOT prefs_lookup, we are not a distro
        my $check_sigs = $CPAN::Config->{check_sigs};
        if (not $check_sigs) {
            # they do not want us:-(
        } elsif (not $Have_warned->{"Module::Signature"}++) {
            # No point in complaining unless the user can
            # reasonably install and use it.
            if (eval { require Crypt::OpenPGP; 1 } ||
                 defined $CPAN::Config->{'gpg'}
                 $CPAN::Config->{'gpg'} =~ /\S/
               ) {
  CPAN: Module::Signature security checks disabled because Module::Signature
  not installed.  Please consider installing the Module::Signature module.
  You may also need to be able to connect over the Internet to the public
  key servers like pool.sks-keyservers.net or pgp.mit.edu.

    } else {
        delete $INC{$file}; # if it inc'd LWP but failed during, say, URI
    return 0;

#-> sub CPAN::instance ;
sub instance {
    my($mgr,$class,$id) = @_;
    $id ||= "";
    # unsafe meta access, ok?
    return $META->{readwrite}{$class}{$id} if exists $META->{readwrite}{$class}{$id};
    $META->{readwrite}{$class}{$id} ||= $class->new(ID => $id);

#-> sub CPAN::new ;
sub new {
    bless {}, shift;

#-> sub CPAN::_exit_messages ;
sub _exit_messages {
    my ($self) = @_;
    $self->{exit_messages} ||= [];

#-> sub CPAN::cleanup ;
sub cleanup {
  # warn "cleanup called with arg[@_] End[$CPAN::End] Signal[$Signal]";
  local $SIG{__DIE__} = '';
  my($message) = @_;
  my $i = 0;
  my $ineval = 0;
  while ((undef,undef,undef,$subroutine) = caller(++$i)) {
      $ineval = 1, last if
        $subroutine eq '(eval)';
  return if $ineval && !$CPAN::End;
  return unless defined $META->{LOCK};
  return unless -f $META->{LOCK};
  $META->{cachemgr} ||= CPAN::CacheMgr->new('atexit');
  close $META->{LOCKFH};
  unlink $META->{LOCK};
  # require Carp;
  # Carp::cluck("DEBUGGING");
  if ( $CPAN::CONFIG_DIRTY ) {
      $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("Warning: Configuration not saved.\n");
  $CPAN::Frontend->myprint("Lockfile removed.\n");
  for my $msg ( @{ $META->_exit_messages } ) {

#-> sub CPAN::readhist
sub readhist {
    my($self,$term,$histfile) = @_;
    my $histsize = $CPAN::Config->{'histsize'} || 100;
    $term->Attribs->{'MaxHistorySize'} = $histsize if (defined($term->Attribs->{'MaxHistorySize'}));
    my($fh) = FileHandle->new;
    open $fh, "<$histfile" or return;
    local $/ = "\n";
    while (<$fh>) {
    close $fh;

#-> sub CPAN::savehist
sub savehist {
    my($self) = @_;
    unless ($histfile = $CPAN::Config->{'histfile'}) {
        $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("No history written (no histfile specified).\n");
    $histsize = $CPAN::Config->{'histsize'} || 100;
    if ($CPAN::term) {
        unless ($CPAN::term->can("GetHistory")) {
            $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("Terminal does not support GetHistory.\n");
    } else {
    my @h = $CPAN::term->GetHistory;
    splice @h, 0, @h-$histsize if @h>$histsize;
    my($fh) = FileHandle->new;
    open $fh, ">$histfile" or $CPAN::Frontend->mydie("Couldn't open >$histfile: $!");
    local $\ = local $, = "\n";
    print $fh @h;
    close $fh;

#-> sub CPAN::is_tested
sub is_tested {
    my($self,$what,$when) = @_;
    unless ($what) {
        Carp::cluck("DEBUG: empty what");
    $self->{is_tested}{$what} = $when;

#-> sub CPAN::reset_tested
# forget all distributions tested -- resets what gets included in PERL5LIB
sub reset_tested {
    my ($self) = @_;
    $self->{is_tested} = {};

#-> sub CPAN::is_installed
# unsets the is_tested flag: as soon as the thing is installed, it is
# not needed in set_perl5lib anymore
sub is_installed {
    my($self,$what) = @_;
    delete $self->{is_tested}{$what};

sub _list_sorted_descending_is_tested {
    my($self) = @_;
    my $foul = 0;
    my @sorted = sort
        { ($self->{is_tested}{$b}||0) <=> ($self->{is_tested}{$a}||0) }
                { if ($foul){ 0 } elsif (-e) { 1 } else { $foul = $_; 0 } }
                    keys %{$self->{is_tested}};
    if ($foul) {
        $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn("Lost build_dir detected ($foul), giving up all cached test results of currently running session.\n");
        for my $dbd (sort keys %{$self->{is_tested}}) { # distro-build-dir
        SEARCH: for my $d (sort { $a->id cmp $b->id } $CPAN::META->all_objects("CPAN::Distribution")) {
                if ($d->{build_dir} && $d->{build_dir} eq $dbd) {
                    $CPAN::Frontend->mywarn(sprintf "Flushing cache for %s\n", $d->pretty_id);
                    last SEARCH;
            delete $self->{is_tested}{$dbd};
        return ();
    } else {
        return @sorted;

#-> sub CPAN::set_perl5lib
# Notes on max environment variable length:
#   - Win32 : XP or later, 8191; Win2000 or NT4, 2047
my $fh;
sub set_perl5lib {
    my($self,$for) = @_;
    unless ($for) {
        (undef,undef,undef,$for) = caller(1);
        $for =~ s/.*://;
    $self->{is_tested} ||= {};
    return unless %{$self->{is_tested}};
    my $env = $ENV{PERL5LIB};
    $env = $ENV{PERLLIB} unless defined $env;
    my @env;
    push @env, split /\Q$Config::Config{path_sep}\E/, $env if defined $env and length $env;
    #my @dirs = map {("$_/blib/arch", "$_/blib/lib")} keys %{$self->{is_tested}};
    #$CPAN::Frontend->myprint("Prepending @dirs to PERL5LIB.\n");

    my @dirs = map {("$_/blib/arch", "$_/blib/lib")} $self->_list_sorted_descending_is_tested;
    return if !@dirs;

    if (@dirs < 12) {
        $CPAN::Frontend->optprint('perl5lib', "Prepending @dirs to PERL5LIB for '$for'\n");
        $ENV{PERL5LIB} = join $Config::Config{path_sep}, @dirs, @env;
    } elsif (@dirs < 24 ) {
        my @d = map {my $cp = $_;
                     $cp =~ s/^\Q$CPAN::Config->{build_dir}\E/%BUILDDIR%/;
                 } @dirs;
        $CPAN::Frontend->optprint('perl5lib', "Prepending @d to PERL5LIB; ".
                                 "%BUILDDIR%=$CPAN::Config->{build_dir} ".
                                 "for '$for'\n"
        $ENV{PERL5LIB} = join $Config::Config{path_sep}, @dirs, @env;
    } else {
        my $cnt = keys %{$self->{is_tested}};
        my $newenv = join $Config::Config{path_sep}, @dirs, @env;
        $CPAN::Frontend->optprint('perl5lib', sprintf ("Prepending blib/arch and blib/lib of ".
                                 "%d build dirs to PERL5LIB, reaching size %d; ".
                                 "for '%s'\n", $cnt, length($newenv), $for)
        $ENV{PERL5LIB} = $newenv;



=head1 NAME

CPAN - query, download and build perl modules from CPAN sites


Interactive mode:

  perl -MCPAN -e shell



Basic commands:

  # Modules:

  cpan> install Acme::Meta                       # in the shell

  CPAN::Shell->install("Acme::Meta");            # in perl

  # Distributions:

  cpan> install NWCLARK/Acme-Meta-0.02.tar.gz    # in the shell

    install("NWCLARK/Acme-Meta-0.02.tar.gz");    # in perl

  # module objects:

  $mo = CPAN::Shell->expandany($mod);
  $mo = CPAN::Shell->expand("Module",$mod);      # same thing

  # distribution objects:

  $do = CPAN::Shell->expand("Module",$mod)->distribution;
  $do = CPAN::Shell->expandany($distro);         # same thing
  $do = CPAN::Shell->expand("Distribution",
                            $distro);            # same thing


The CPAN module automates or at least simplifies the make and install
of perl modules and extensions. It includes some primitive searching
capabilities and knows how to use LWP, HTTP::Tiny, Net::FTP and certain
external download clients to fetch distributions from the net.

These are fetched from one or more mirrored CPAN (Comprehensive
Perl Archive Network) sites and unpacked in a dedicated directory.

The CPAN module also supports named and versioned
I<bundles> of modules. Bundles simplify handling of sets of
related modules. See Bundles below.

The package contains a session manager and a cache manager. The
session manager keeps track of what has been fetched, built, and
installed in the current session. The cache manager keeps track of the
disk space occupied by the make processes and deletes excess space
using a simple FIFO mechanism.

All methods provided are accessible in a programmer style and in an
interactive shell style.

=head2 CPAN::shell([$prompt, $command]) Starting Interactive Mode

Enter interactive mode by running

    perl -MCPAN -e shell



which puts you into a readline interface. If C<Term::ReadKey> and
either of C<Term::ReadLine::Perl> or C<Term::ReadLine::Gnu> are installed,
history and command completion are supported.

Once at the command line, type C<h> for one-page help
screen; the rest should be self-explanatory.

The function call C<shell> takes two optional arguments: one the
prompt, the second the default initial command line (the latter
only works if a real ReadLine interface module is installed).

The most common uses of the interactive modes are

=over 2

=item Searching for authors, bundles, distribution files and modules

There are corresponding one-letter commands C<a>, C<b>, C<d>, and C<m>
for each of the four categories and another, C<i> for any of the
mentioned four. Each of the four entities is implemented as a class
with slightly differing methods for displaying an object.

Arguments to these commands are either strings exactly matching
the identification string of an object, or regular expressions
matched case-insensitively against various attributes of the
objects. The parser only recognizes a regular expression when you
enclose it with slashes.

The principle is that the number of objects found influences how an
item is displayed. If the search finds one item, the result is
displayed with the rather verbose method C<as_string>, but if
more than one is found, each object is displayed with the terse method


  cpan> m Acme::MetaSyntactic
  Module id = Acme::MetaSyntactic
      CPAN_USERID  BOOK (Philippe Bruhat (BooK) <[...]>)
      CPAN_VERSION 0.99
      CPAN_FILE    B/BO/BOOK/Acme-MetaSyntactic-0.99.tar.gz
      UPLOAD_DATE  2006-11-06
      MANPAGE      Acme::MetaSyntactic - Themed metasyntactic variables names
      INST_FILE    /usr/local/lib/perl/5.10.0/Acme/MetaSyntactic.pm
      INST_VERSION 0.99
  cpan> a BOOK
  Author id = BOOK
      EMAIL        [...]
      FULLNAME     Philippe Bruhat (BooK)
  cpan> d BOOK/Acme-MetaSyntactic-0.99.tar.gz
  Distribution id = B/BO/BOOK/Acme-MetaSyntactic-0.99.tar.gz
      CPAN_USERID  BOOK (Philippe Bruhat (BooK) <[...]>)
      CONTAINSMODS Acme::MetaSyntactic Acme::MetaSyntactic::Alias [...]
      UPLOAD_DATE  2006-11-06
  cpan> m /lorem/
  Module  = Acme::MetaSyntactic::loremipsum (BOOK/Acme-MetaSyntactic-0.99.tar.gz)
  Module    Text::Lorem            (ADEOLA/Text-Lorem-0.3.tar.gz)
  Module    Text::Lorem::More      (RKRIMEN/Text-Lorem-More-0.12.tar.gz)
  Module    Text::Lorem::More::Source (RKRIMEN/Text-Lorem-More-0.12.tar.gz)
  cpan> i /berlin/
  Distribution    BEATNIK/Filter-NumberLines-0.02.tar.gz
  Module  = DateTime::TimeZone::Europe::Berlin (DROLSKY/DateTime-TimeZone-0.7904.tar.gz)
  Module    Filter::NumberLines    (BEATNIK/Filter-NumberLines-0.02.tar.gz)
  Author          [...]

The examples illustrate several aspects: the first three queries
target modules, authors, or distros directly and yield exactly one
result. The last two use regular expressions and yield several
results. The last one targets all of bundles, modules, authors, and
distros simultaneously. When more than one result is available, they
are printed in one-line format.

=item C<get>, C<make>, C<test>, C<install>, C<clean> modules or distributions

These commands take any number of arguments and investigate what is
necessary to perform the action. Argument processing is as follows:

  known module name in format Foo/Bar.pm   module
  other embedded slash                     distribution
    - with trailing slash dot              directory
  enclosing slashes                        regexp
  known module name in format Foo::Bar     module

If the argument is a distribution file name (recognized by embedded
slashes), it is processed. If it is a module, CPAN determines the
distribution file in which this module is included and processes that,
following any dependencies named in the module's META.yml or
Makefile.PL (this behavior is controlled by the configuration
parameter C<prerequisites_policy>). If an argument is enclosed in
slashes it is treated as a regular expression: it is expanded and if
the result is a single object (distribution, bundle or module), this
object is processed.


    install Dummy::Perl                   # installs the module
    install AUXXX/Dummy-Perl-3.14.tar.gz  # installs that distribution
    install /Dummy-Perl-3.14/             # same if the regexp is unambiguous

C<get> downloads a distribution file and untars or unzips it, C<make>
builds it, C<test> runs the test suite, and C<install> installs it.

Any C<make> or C<test> is run unconditionally. An

  install <distribution_file>

is also run unconditionally. But for

  install <module>

CPAN checks whether an install is needed and prints
I<module up to date> if the distribution file containing
the module doesn't need updating.

CPAN also keeps track of what it has done within the current session
and doesn't try to build a package a second time regardless of whether it
succeeded or not. It does not repeat a test run if the test
has been run successfully before. Same for install runs.

The C<force> pragma may precede another command (currently: C<get>,
C<make>, C<test>, or C<install>) to execute the command from scratch
and attempt to continue past certain errors. See the section below on
the C<force> and the C<fforce> pragma.

The C<notest> pragma skips the test part in the build


    cpan> notest install Tk

A C<clean> command results in a

  make clean

being executed within the distribution file's working directory.

=item C<readme>, C<perldoc>, C<look> module or distribution

C<readme> displays the README file of the associated distribution.
C<Look> gets and untars (if not yet done) the distribution file,
changes to the appropriate directory and opens a subshell process in
that directory. C<perldoc> displays the module's pod documentation
in html or plain text format.

=item C<ls> author

=item C<ls> globbing_expression

The first form lists all distribution files in and below an author's
CPAN directory as stored in the CHECKSUMS files distributed on
CPAN. The listing recurses into subdirectories.

The second form limits or expands the output with shell
globbing as in the following examples:

      ls JV/make*
      ls GSAR/*make*
      ls */*make*

The last example is very slow and outputs extra progress indicators
that break the alignment of the result.

Note that globbing only lists directories explicitly asked for, for
example FOO/* will not list FOO/bar/Acme-Sthg-n.nn.tar.gz. This may be
regarded as a bug that may be changed in some future version.

=item C<failed>

The C<failed> command reports all distributions that failed on one of
C<make>, C<test> or C<install> for some reason in the currently
running shell session.

=item Persistence between sessions

If the C<YAML> or the C<YAML::Syck> module is installed a record of
the internal state of all modules is written to disk after each step.
The files contain a signature of the currently running perl version
for later perusal.

If the configurations variable C<build_dir_reuse> is set to a true
value, then CPAN.pm reads the collected YAML files. If the stored
signature matches the currently running perl, the stored state is
loaded into memory such that persistence between sessions
is effectively established.

=item The C<force> and the C<fforce> pragma

To speed things up in complex installation scenarios, CPAN.pm keeps
track of what it has already done and refuses to do some things a
second time. A C<get>, a C<make>, and an C<install> are not repeated.
A C<test> is repeated only if the previous test was unsuccessful. The
diagnostic message when CPAN.pm refuses to do something a second time
is one of I<Has already been >C<unwrapped|made|tested successfully> or
something similar. Another situation where CPAN refuses to act is an
C<install> if the corresponding C<test> was not successful.

In all these cases, the user can override this stubborn behaviour by
prepending the command with the word force, for example:

  cpan> force get Foo
  cpan> force make AUTHOR/Bar-3.14.tar.gz
  cpan> force test Baz
  cpan> force install Acme::Meta

Each I<forced> command is executed with the corresponding part of its
memory erased.

The C<fforce> pragma is a variant that emulates a C<force get> which
erases the entire memory followed by the action specified, effectively
restarting the whole get/make/test/install procedure from scratch.

=item Lockfile

Interactive sessions maintain a lockfile, by default C<~/.cpan/.lock>.
Batch jobs can run without a lockfile and not disturb each other.

The shell offers to run in I<downgraded mode> when another process is
holding the lockfile. This is an experimental feature that is not yet
tested very well. This second shell then does not write the history
file, does not use the metadata file, and has a different prompt.

=item Signals

CPAN.pm installs signal handlers for SIGINT and SIGTERM. While you are
in the cpan-shell, it is intended that you can press C<^C> anytime and
return to the cpan-shell prompt. A SIGTERM will cause the cpan-shell
to clean up and leave the shell loop. You can emulate the effect of a
SIGTERM by sending two consecutive SIGINTs, which usually means by
pressing C<^C> twice.

CPAN.pm ignores SIGPIPE. If the user sets C<inactivity_timeout>, a
SIGALRM is used during the run of the C<perl Makefile.PL> or C<perl
Build.PL> subprocess. A SIGALRM is also used during module version
parsing, and is controlled by C<version_timeout>.


=head2 CPAN::Shell

The commands available in the shell interface are methods in
the package CPAN::Shell. If you enter the shell command, your
input is split by the Text::ParseWords::shellwords() routine, which
acts like most shells do. The first word is interpreted as the
method to be invoked, and the rest of the words are treated as the method's arguments.
Continuation lines are supported by ending a line with a
literal backslash.

=head2 autobundle

C<autobundle> writes a bundle file into the
C<$CPAN::Config-E<gt>{cpan_home}/Bundle> directory. The file contains
a list of all modules that are both available from CPAN and currently
installed within @INC. Duplicates of each distribution are suppressed.
The name of the bundle file is based on the current date and a
counter, e.g. F<Bundle/Snapshot_2012_05_21_00.pm>. This is installed
again by running C<cpan Bundle::Snapshot_2012_05_21_00>, or installing
C<Bundle::Snapshot_2012_05_21_00> from the CPAN shell.

Return value: path to the written file.

=head2 hosts

Note: this feature is still in alpha state and may change in future
versions of CPAN.pm

This commands provides a statistical overview over recent download
activities. The data for this is collected in the YAML file
C<FTPstats.yml> in your C<cpan_home> directory. If no YAML module is
configured or YAML not installed, no stats are provided.


=item install_tested

Install all distributions that have been tested successfully but have
not yet been installed. See also C<is_tested>.

=item is_tested

List all build directories of distributions that have been tested
successfully but have not yet been installed. See also


=head2 mkmyconfig

mkmyconfig() writes your own CPAN::MyConfig file into your C<~/.cpan/>
directory so that you can save your own preferences instead of the
system-wide ones.

=head2 r [Module|/Regexp/]...

scans current perl installation for modules that have a newer version
available on CPAN and provides a list of them. If called without
argument, all potential upgrades are listed; if called with arguments
the list is filtered to the modules and regexps given as arguments.

The listing looks something like this:

  Package namespace         installed    latest  in CPAN file
  CPAN                        1.94_64    1.9600  ANDK/CPAN-1.9600.tar.gz
  CPAN::Reporter               1.1801    1.1902  DAGOLDEN/CPAN-Reporter-1.1902.tar.gz
  YAML                           0.70      0.73  INGY/YAML-0.73.tar.gz
  YAML::Syck                     1.14      1.17  AVAR/YAML-Syck-1.17.tar.gz
  YAML::Tiny                     1.44      1.50  ADAMK/YAML-Tiny-1.50.tar.gz
  CGI                            3.43      3.55  MARKSTOS/CGI.pm-3.55.tar.gz
  Module::Build::YAML            1.40      1.41  DAGOLDEN/Module-Build-0.3800.tar.gz
  TAP::Parser::Result::YAML      3.22      3.23  ANDYA/Test-Harness-3.23.tar.gz
  YAML::XS                       0.34      0.35  INGY/YAML-LibYAML-0.35.tar.gz

It suppresses duplicates in the column C<in CPAN file> such that
distributions with many upgradeable modules are listed only once.

Note that the list is not sorted.

=head2 recent ***EXPERIMENTAL COMMAND***

The C<recent> command downloads a list of recent uploads to CPAN and
displays them I<slowly>. While the command is running, a $SIG{INT}
exits the loop after displaying the current item.

B<Note>: This command requires XML::LibXML installed.

B<Note>: This whole command currently is just a hack and will
probably change in future versions of CPAN.pm, but the general
approach will likely remain.

B<Note>: See also L<smoke>

=head2 recompile

recompile() is a special command that takes no argument and
runs the make/test/install cycle with brute force over all installed
dynamically loadable extensions (a.k.a. XS modules) with 'force' in
effect. The primary purpose of this command is to finish a network
installation. Imagine you have a common source tree for two different
architectures. You decide to do a completely independent fresh
installation. You start on one architecture with the help of a Bundle
file produced earlier. CPAN installs the whole Bundle for you, but
when you try to repeat the job on the second architecture, CPAN
responds with a C<"Foo up to date"> message for all modules. So you
invoke CPAN's recompile on the second architecture and you're done.

Another popular use for C<recompile> is to act as a rescue in case your
perl breaks binary compatibility. If one of the modules that CPAN uses
is in turn depending on binary compatibility (so you cannot run CPAN
commands), then you should try the CPAN::Nox module for recovery.

=head2 report Bundle|Distribution|Module

The C<report> command temporarily turns on the C<test_report> config
variable, then runs the C<force test> command with the given
arguments. The C<force> pragma reruns the tests and repeats
every step that might have failed before.

=head2 smoke ***EXPERIMENTAL COMMAND***

B<*** WARNING: this command downloads and executes software from CPAN to
your computer of completely unknown status. You should never do
this with your normal account and better have a dedicated well
separated and secured machine to do this. ***>

The C<smoke> command takes the list of recent uploads to CPAN as
provided by the C<recent> command and tests them all. While the
command is running $SIG{INT} is defined to mean that the current item
shall be skipped.

B<Note>: This whole command currently is just a hack and will
probably change in future versions of CPAN.pm, but the general
approach will likely remain.

B<Note>: See also L<recent>

=head2 upgrade [Module|/Regexp/]...

The C<upgrade> command first runs an C<r> command with the given
arguments and then installs the newest versions of all modules that
were listed by that.

=head2 The four C<CPAN::*> Classes: Author, Bundle, Module, Distribution

Although it may be considered internal, the class hierarchy does matter
for both users and programmer. CPAN.pm deals with the four
classes mentioned above, and those classes all share a set of methods. Classical
single polymorphism is in effect. A metaclass object registers all
objects of all kinds and indexes them with a string. The strings
referencing objects have a separated namespace (well, not completely

         Namespace                         Class

   words containing a "/" (slash)      Distribution
    words starting with Bundle::          Bundle
          everything else            Module or Author

Modules know their associated Distribution objects. They always refer
to the most recent official release. Developers may mark their releases
as unstable development versions (by inserting an underscore into the
module version number which will also be reflected in the distribution
name when you run 'make dist'), so the really hottest and newest
distribution is not always the default.  If a module Foo circulates
on CPAN in both version 1.23 and 1.23_90, CPAN.pm offers a convenient
way to install version 1.23 by saying

    install Foo

This would install the complete distribution file (say
BAR/Foo-1.23.tar.gz) with all accompanying material. But if you would
like to install version 1.23_90, you need to know where the
distribution file resides on CPAN relative to the authors/id/
directory. If the author is BAR, this might be BAR/Foo-1.23_90.tar.gz;
so you would have to say

    install BAR/Foo-1.23_90.tar.gz

The first example will be driven by an object of the class
CPAN::Module, the second by an object of class CPAN::Distribution.

=head2 Integrating local directories

Note: this feature is still in alpha state and may change in future
versions of CPAN.pm

Distribution objects are normally distributions from the CPAN, but
there is a slightly degenerate case for Distribution objects, too, of
projects held on the local disk. These distribution objects have the
same name as the local directory and end with a dot. A dot by itself
is also allowed for the current directory at the time CPAN.pm was
used. All actions such as C<make>, C<test>, and C<install> are applied
directly to that directory. This gives the command C<cpan .> an
interesting touch: while the normal mantra of installing a CPAN module
without CPAN.pm is one of

    perl Makefile.PL                 perl Build.PL
           ( go and get prerequisites )
    make                             ./Build
    make test                        ./Build test
    make install                     ./Build install

the command C<cpan .> does all of this at once. It figures out which
of the two mantras is appropriate, fetches and installs all
prerequisites, takes care of them recursively, and finally finishes the
installation of the module in the current directory, be it a CPAN
module or not.

The typical usage case is for private modules or working copies of
projects from remote repositories on the local disk.

=head2 Redirection

The usual shell redirection symbols C< | > and C<< > >> are recognized
by the cpan shell B<only when surrounded by whitespace>. So piping to
pager or redirecting output into a file works somewhat as in a normal
shell, with the stipulation that you must type extra spaces.

=head2 Plugin support ***EXPERIMENTAL***

Plugins are objects that implement any of currently eight methods:


The C<plugin_list> configuration parameter holds a list of strings of
the form




At run time, each listed plugin is instantiated as a singleton object
by running the equivalent of this pseudo code:

  my $plugin = <string representation from config>;
  <generate Modulename and arguments from $plugin>;
  my $p = $instance{$plugin} ||= Modulename->new($arg0,$arg1,...);

The generated singletons are kept around from instantiation until the
end of the shell session. <plugin_list> can be reconfigured at any
time at run time. While the cpan shell is running, it checks all
activated plugins at each of the 8 reference points listed above and
runs the respective method if it is implemented for that object. The
method is called with the active CPAN::Distribution object passed in
as an argument.


When the CPAN module is used for the first time, a configuration
dialogue tries to determine a couple of site specific options. The
result of the dialog is stored in a hash reference C< $CPAN::Config >
in a file CPAN/Config.pm.

Default values defined in the CPAN/Config.pm file can be
overridden in a user specific file: CPAN/MyConfig.pm. Such a file is
best placed in C<$HOME/.cpan/CPAN/MyConfig.pm>, because C<$HOME/.cpan> is
added to the search path of the CPAN module before the use() or
require() statements. The mkmyconfig command writes this file for you.

The C<o conf> command has various bells and whistles:


=item completion support

If you have a ReadLine module installed, you can hit TAB at any point
of the commandline and C<o conf> will offer you completion for the
built-in subcommands and/or config variable names.

=item displaying some help: o conf help

Displays a short help

=item displaying current values: o conf [KEY]

Displays the current value(s) for this config variable. Without KEY,
displays all subcommands and config variables.


  o conf shell

If KEY starts and ends with a slash, the string in between is
treated as a regular expression and only keys matching this regexp
are displayed


  o conf /color/

=item changing of scalar values: o conf KEY VALUE

Sets the config variable KEY to VALUE. The empty string can be
specified as usual in shells, with C<''> or C<"">


  o conf wget /usr/bin/wget

=item changing of list values: o conf KEY SHIFT|UNSHIFT|PUSH|POP|SPLICE|LIST

If a config variable name ends with C<list>, it is a list. C<o conf
KEY shift> removes the first element of the list, C<o conf KEY pop>
removes the last element of the list. C<o conf KEYS unshift LIST>
prepends a list of values to the list, C<o conf KEYS push LIST>
appends a list of valued to the list.

Likewise, C<o conf KEY splice LIST> passes the LIST to the corresponding
splice command.

Finally, any other list of arguments is taken as a new list value for
the KEY variable discarding the previous value.


  o conf urllist unshift http://cpan.dev.local/CPAN
  o conf urllist splice 3 1
  o conf urllist http://cpan1.local http://cpan2.local ftp://ftp.perl.org

=item reverting to saved: o conf defaults

Reverts all config variables to the state in the saved config file.

=item saving the config: o conf commit

Saves all config variables to the current config file (CPAN/Config.pm
or CPAN/MyConfig.pm that was loaded at start).


The configuration dialog can be started any time later again by
issuing the command C< o conf init > in the CPAN shell. A subset of
the configuration dialog can be run by issuing C<o conf init WORD>
where WORD is any valid config variable or a regular expression.

=head2 Config Variables

The following keys in the hash reference $CPAN::Config are
currently defined:

                     allow or disallow installing module downgrades
                     allow or disallow installing modules that are
                     indexed in the cpan index pointing to a distro
                     with a higher distro-version number
  applypatch         path to external prg
  auto_commit        commit all changes to config variables to disk
  build_cache        size of cache for directories to build modules
  build_dir          locally accessible directory to build modules
  build_dir_reuse    boolean if distros in build_dir are persistent
                     to install or not to install when a module is
                     only needed for building. yes|no|ask/yes|ask/no
  bzip2              path to external prg
  cache_metadata     use serializer to cache metadata
  check_sigs         if signatures should be verified
                     remove build directory immediately after a
                     successful install and remember that for the
                     duration of the session
  colorize_debug     Term::ANSIColor attributes for debugging output
  colorize_output    boolean if Term::ANSIColor should colorize output
  colorize_print     Term::ANSIColor attributes for normal output
  colorize_warn      Term::ANSIColor attributes for warnings
                     boolean if you want to see current command number
  commands_quote     preferred character to use for quoting external
                     commands when running them. Defaults to double
                     quote on Windows, single tick everywhere else;
                     can be set to space to disable quoting
                     whether to ask if opening a connection is ok before
                     urllist is specified
  cpan_home          local directory reserved for this package
  curl               path to external prg
  dontload_hash      DEPRECATED
  dontload_list      arrayref: modules in the list will not be
                     loaded by the CPAN::has_inst() routine
  ftp                path to external prg
  ftp_passive        if set, the environment variable FTP_PASSIVE is set
                     for downloads
  ftp_proxy          proxy host for ftp requests
  ftpstats_period    max number of days to keep download statistics
  ftpstats_size      max number of items to keep in the download statistics
  getcwd             see below
  gpg                path to external prg
  gzip               location of external program gzip
  halt_on_failure    stop processing after the first failure of queued
                     items or dependencies
  histfile           file to maintain history between sessions
  histsize           maximum number of lines to keep in histfile
  http_proxy         proxy host for http requests
  inactivity_timeout breaks interactive Makefile.PLs or Build.PLs
                     after this many seconds inactivity. Set to 0 to
                     disable timeouts.
  index_expire       refetch index files after this many days
                     if true, suppress the startup message
  keep_source_where  directory in which to keep the source (if we do)
                     report loading of optional modules used by CPAN.pm
  lynx               path to external prg
  make               location of external make program
  make_arg           arguments that should always be passed to 'make'
                     the make command for running 'make install', for
                     example 'sudo make'
  make_install_arg   same as make_arg for 'make install'
  makepl_arg         arguments passed to 'perl Makefile.PL'
  mbuild_arg         arguments passed to './Build'
  mbuild_install_arg arguments passed to './Build install'
                     command to use instead of './Build' when we are
                     in the install stage, for example 'sudo ./Build'
  mbuildpl_arg       arguments passed to 'perl Build.PL'
  ncftp              path to external prg
  ncftpget           path to external prg
  no_proxy           don't proxy to these hosts/domains (comma separated list)
  pager              location of external program more (or any pager)
  password           your password if you CPAN server wants one
  patch              path to external prg
  patches_dir        local directory containing patch files
  perl5lib_verbosity verbosity level for PERL5LIB additions
  plugin_list        list of active hooks (see Plugin support above
                     and the CPAN::Plugin module)
                     per default all untar operations are done with
                     Archive::Tar; by setting this variable to true
                     the external tar command is used if available
  prefer_installer   legal values are MB and EUMM: if a module comes
                     with both a Makefile.PL and a Build.PL, use the
                     former (EUMM) or the latter (MB); if the module
                     comes with only one of the two, that one will be
                     used no matter the setting
                     what to do if you are missing module prerequisites
                     ('follow' automatically, 'ask' me, or 'ignore')
                     For 'follow', also sets PERL_AUTOINSTALL and
                     PERL_EXTUTILS_AUTOINSTALL for "--defaultdeps" if
                     not already set
  prefs_dir          local directory to store per-distro build options
  proxy_user         username for accessing an authenticating proxy
  proxy_pass         password for accessing an authenticating proxy
  pushy_https        use https to cpan.org when possible, otherwise use http
                     to cpan.org and issue a warning
  randomize_urllist  add some randomness to the sequence of the urllist
  recommends_policy  whether recommended prerequisites should be included
  scan_cache         controls scanning of cache ('atstart', 'atexit' or 'never')
  shell              your favorite shell
                     boolean if r command tells which modules are versionless
  show_upload_date   boolean if commands should try to determine upload date
  show_zero_versions boolean if r command tells for which modules $version==0
  suggests_policy    whether suggested prerequisites should be included
  tar                location of external program tar
  tar_verbosity      verbosity level for the tar command
  term_is_latin      deprecated: if true Unicode is translated to ISO-8859-1
                     (and nonsense for characters outside latin range)
  term_ornaments     boolean to turn ReadLine ornamenting on/off
  test_report        email test reports (if CPAN::Reporter is installed)
                     skip testing when previously tested ok (according to
                     CPAN::Reporter history)
  unzip              location of external program unzip
  urllist            arrayref to nearby CPAN sites (or equivalent locations)
                     use external ping command when autoselecting mirrors
                     increase verbosity when autoselecting mirrors
  use_prompt_default set PERL_MM_USE_DEFAULT for configure/make/test/install
  use_sqlite         use CPAN::SQLite for metadata storage (fast and lean)
  username           your username if you CPAN server wants one
  version_timeout    stops version parsing after this many seconds.
                     Default is 15 secs. Set to 0 to disable.
  wait_list          arrayref to a wait server to try (See CPAN::WAIT)
  wget               path to external prg
  yaml_load_code     enable YAML code deserialisation via CPAN::DeferredCode
  yaml_module        which module to use to read/write YAML files

You can set and query each of these options interactively in the cpan
shell with the C<o conf> or the C<o conf init> command as specified below.

=over 2

=item C<o conf E<lt>scalar optionE<gt>>

prints the current value of the I<scalar option>

=item C<o conf E<lt>scalar optionE<gt> E<lt>valueE<gt>>

Sets the value of the I<scalar option> to I<value>

=item C<o conf E<lt>list optionE<gt>>

prints the current value of the I<list option> in MakeMaker's
neatvalue format.

=item C<o conf E<lt>list optionE<gt> [shift|pop]>

shifts or pops the array in the I<list option> variable

=item C<o conf E<lt>list optionE<gt> [unshift|push|splice] E<lt>listE<gt>>

works like the corresponding perl commands.

=item interactive editing: o conf init [MATCH|LIST]

Runs an interactive configuration dialog for matching variables.
Without argument runs the dialog over all supported config variables.
To specify a MATCH the argument must be enclosed by slashes.


  o conf init ftp_passive ftp_proxy
  o conf init /color/

Note: this method of setting config variables often provides more
explanation about the functioning of a variable than the manpage.


=head2 CPAN::anycwd($path): Note on config variable getcwd

CPAN.pm changes the current working directory often and needs to
determine its own current working directory. By default it uses
Cwd::cwd, but if for some reason this doesn't work on your system,
configure alternatives according to the following table:

=over 4

=item cwd

Calls Cwd::cwd

=item getcwd

Calls Cwd::getcwd

=item fastcwd

Calls Cwd::fastcwd

=item getdcwd

Calls Cwd::getdcwd

=item backtickcwd

Calls the external command cwd.


=head2 Note on the format of the urllist parameter

urllist parameters are URLs according to RFC 1738. We do a little
guessing if your URL is not compliant, but if you have problems with
C<file> URLs, please try the correct format. Either:




=head2 The urllist parameter has CD-ROM support

The C<urllist> parameter of the configuration table contains a list of
URLs used for downloading. If the list contains any
C<file> URLs, CPAN always tries there first. This
feature is disabled for index files. So the recommendation for the
owner of a CD-ROM with CPAN contents is: include your local, possibly
outdated CD-ROM as a C<file> URL at the end of urllist, e.g.

  o conf urllist push file://localhost/CDROM/CPAN

CPAN.pm will then fetch the index files from one of the CPAN sites
that come at the beginning of urllist. It will later check for each
module to see whether there is a local copy of the most recent version.

Another peculiarity of urllist is that the site that we could
successfully fetch the last file from automatically gets a preference
token and is tried as the first site for the next request. So if you
add a new site at runtime it may happen that the previously preferred
site will be tried another time. This means that if you want to disallow
a site for the next transfer, it must be explicitly removed from

=head2 Maintaining the urllist parameter

If you have YAML.pm (or some other YAML module configured in
C<yaml_module>) installed, CPAN.pm collects a few statistical data
about recent downloads. You can view the statistics with the C<hosts>
command or inspect them directly by looking into the C<FTPstats.yml>
file in your C<cpan_home> directory.

To get some interesting statistics, it is recommended that
C<randomize_urllist> be set; this introduces some amount of
randomness into the URL selection.

=head2 The C<requires> and C<build_requires> dependency declarations

Since CPAN.pm version 1.88_51 modules declared as C<build_requires> by
a distribution are treated differently depending on the config
variable C<build_requires_install_policy>. By setting
C<build_requires_install_policy> to C<no>, such a module is not
installed. It is only built and tested, and then kept in the list of
tested but uninstalled modules. As such, it is available during the
build of the dependent module by integrating the path to the
C<blib/arch> and C<blib/lib> directories in the environment variable
PERL5LIB. If C<build_requires_install_policy> is set to C<yes>, then
both modules declared as C<requires> and those declared as
C<build_requires> are treated alike. By setting to C<ask/yes> or
C<ask/no>, CPAN.pm asks the user and sets the default accordingly.

=head2 Configuration of the allow_installing_* parameters

The C<allow_installing_*> parameters are evaluated during
the C<make> phase. If set to C<yes>, they allow the testing and the installation of
the current distro and otherwise have no effect. If set to C<no>, they
may abort the build (preventing testing and installing), depending on the contents of the
C<blib/> directory. The C<blib/> directory is the directory that holds
all the files that would usually be installed in the C<install> phase.

C<allow_installing_outdated_dists> compares the C<blib/> directory with the CPAN index.
If it finds something there that belongs, according to the index, to a different
dist, it aborts the current build.

C<allow_installing_module_downgrades> compares the C<blib/> directory
with already installed modules, actually their version numbers, as
determined by ExtUtils::MakeMaker or equivalent. If a to-be-installed
module would downgrade an already installed module, the current build
is aborted.

An interesting twist occurs when a distroprefs document demands the
installation of an outdated dist via goto while
C<allow_installing_outdated_dists> forbids it. Without additional
provisions, this would let the C<allow_installing_outdated_dists>
win and the distroprefs lose. So the proper arrangement in such a case
is to write a second distroprefs document for the distro that C<goto>
points to and overrule the C<cpanconfig> there. E.g.:

    distribution: "^MAUKE/Keyword-Simple-0.04.tar.gz"
  goto: "MAUKE/Keyword-Simple-0.03.tar.gz"
    distribution: "^MAUKE/Keyword-Simple-0.03.tar.gz"
    allow_installing_outdated_dists: yes

=head2 Configuration for individual distributions (I<Distroprefs>)

(B<Note:> This feature has been introduced in CPAN.pm 1.8854)

Distributions on CPAN usually behave according to what we call the
CPAN mantra. Or since the advent of Module::Build we should talk about
two mantras:

    perl Makefile.PL     perl Build.PL
    make                 ./Build
    make test            ./Build test
    make install         ./Build install

But some modules cannot be built with this mantra. They try to get
some extra data from the user via the environment, extra arguments, or
interactively--thus disturbing the installation of large bundles like
Phalanx100 or modules with many dependencies like Plagger.

The distroprefs system of C<CPAN.pm> addresses this problem by
allowing the user to specify extra informations and recipes in YAML
files to either



pass additional arguments to one of the four commands,


set environment variables


instantiate an Expect object that reads from the console, waits for
some regular expressions and enters some answers


temporarily override assorted C<CPAN.pm> configuration variables


specify dependencies the original maintainer forgot


disable the installation of an object altogether


See the YAML and Data::Dumper files that come with the C<CPAN.pm>
distribution in the C<distroprefs/> directory for examples.

=head2 Filenames

The YAML files themselves must have the C<.yml> extension; all other
files are ignored (for two exceptions see I<Fallback Data::Dumper and
Storable> below). The containing directory can be specified in
C<CPAN.pm> in the C<prefs_dir> config variable. Try C<o conf init
prefs_dir> in the CPAN shell to set and activate the distroprefs

Every YAML file may contain arbitrary documents according to the YAML
specification, and every document is treated as an entity that
can specify the treatment of a single distribution.

Filenames can be picked arbitrarily; C<CPAN.pm> always reads
all files (in alphabetical order) and takes the key C<match> (see
below in I<Language Specs>) as a hashref containing match criteria
that determine if the current distribution matches the YAML document
or not.

=head2 Fallback Data::Dumper and Storable

If neither your configured C<yaml_module> nor YAML.pm is installed,
CPAN.pm falls back to using Data::Dumper and Storable and looks for
files with the extensions C<.dd> or C<.st> in the C<prefs_dir>
directory. These files are expected to contain one or more hashrefs.
For Data::Dumper generated files, this is expected to be done with by
defining C<$VAR1>, C<$VAR2>, etc. The YAML shell would produce these
with the command

    ysh < somefile.yml > somefile.dd

For Storable files the rule is that they must be constructed such that
C<Storable::retrieve(file)> returns an array reference and the array
elements represent one distropref object each. The conversion from
YAML would look like so:

    perl -MYAML=LoadFile -MStorable=nstore -e '
        nstore(\@y, shift)' somefile.yml somefile.st

In bootstrapping situations it is usually sufficient to translate only
a few YAML files to Data::Dumper for crucial modules like
C<YAML::Syck>, C<YAML.pm> and C<Expect.pm>. If you prefer Storable
over Data::Dumper, remember to pull out a Storable version that writes
an older format than all the other Storable versions that will need to
read them.

=head2 Blueprint

The following example contains all supported keywords and structures
with the exception of C<eexpect> which can be used instead of

  comment: "Demo"
    module: "Dancing::Queen"
    distribution: "^CHACHACHA/Dancing-"
    not_distribution: "\.zip$"
    perl: "/usr/local/cariba-perl/bin/perl"
      archname: "freebsd"
      not_cc: "gcc"
      DANCING_FLOOR: "Shubiduh"
  disabled: 1
    make: gmake
      - "--somearg=specialcase"

    env: {}

      - "Which is your favorite fruit"
      - "apple\n"

      - all
      - extra-all

    env: {}

    expect: []

    commandline: "echo SKIPPING make"

    args: []

    env: {}

    expect: []

    args: []


      - "Do you really want to install"
      - "y\n"

    - "ABCDE/Fedcba-3.14-ABCDE-01.patch"

      LWP: 5.8
      Test::Exception: 0.25
      Spiffy: 0.30

=head2 Language Specs

Every YAML document represents a single hash reference. The valid keys
in this hash are as follows:


=item comment [scalar]

A comment

=item cpanconfig [hash]

Temporarily override assorted C<CPAN.pm> configuration variables.

Supported are: C<build_requires_install_policy>, C<check_sigs>,
C<make>, C<make_install_make_command>, C<prefer_installer>,
C<test_report>. Please report as a bug when you need another one

=item depends [hash] *** EXPERIMENTAL FEATURE ***

All three types, namely C<configure_requires>, C<build_requires>, and
C<requires> are supported in the way specified in the META.yml
specification. The current implementation I<merges> the specified
dependencies with those declared by the package maintainer. In a
future implementation this may be changed to override the original

=item disabled [boolean]

Specifies that this distribution shall not be processed at all.

=item features [array] *** EXPERIMENTAL FEATURE ***

Experimental implementation to deal with optional_features from
META.yml. Still needs coordination with installer software and
currently works only for META.yml declaring C<dynamic_config=0>. Use
with caution.

=item goto [string]

The canonical name of a delegate distribution to install
instead. Useful when a new version, although it tests OK itself,
breaks something else or a developer release or a fork is already
uploaded that is better than the last released version.

=item install [hash]

Processing instructions for the C<make install> or C<./Build install>
phase of the CPAN mantra. See below under I<Processing Instructions>.

=item make [hash]

Processing instructions for the C<make> or C<./Build> phase of the
CPAN mantra. See below under I<Processing Instructions>.

=item match [hash]

A hashref with one or more of the keys C<distribution>, C<module>,
C<perl>, C<perlconfig>, and C<env> that specify whether a document is
targeted at a specific CPAN distribution or installation.
Keys prefixed with C<not_> negates the corresponding match.

The corresponding values are interpreted as regular expressions. The
C<distribution> related one will be matched against the canonical
distribution name, e.g. "AUTHOR/Foo-Bar-3.14.tar.gz".

The C<module> related one will be matched against I<all> modules
contained in the distribution until one module matches.

The C<perl> related one will be matched against C<$^X> (but with the
absolute path).

The value associated with C<perlconfig> is itself a hashref that is
matched against corresponding values in the C<%Config::Config> hash
living in the C<Config.pm> module.
Keys prefixed with C<not_> negates the corresponding match.

The value associated with C<env> is itself a hashref that is
matched against corresponding values in the C<%ENV> hash.
Keys prefixed with C<not_> negates the corresponding match.

If more than one restriction of C<module>, C<distribution>, etc. is
specified, the results of the separately computed match values must
all match. If so, the hashref represented by the
YAML document is returned as the preference structure for the current

=item patches [array]

An array of patches on CPAN or on the local disk to be applied in
order via an external patch program. If the value for the C<-p>
parameter is C<0> or C<1> is determined by reading the patch
beforehand. The path to each patch is either an absolute path on the
local filesystem or relative to a patch directory specified in the
C<patches_dir> configuration variable or in the format of a canonical
distro name. For examples please consult the distroprefs/ directory in
the CPAN.pm distribution (these examples are not installed by

Note: if the C<applypatch> program is installed and C<CPAN::Config>
knows about it B<and> a patch is written by the C<makepatch> program,
then C<CPAN.pm> lets C<applypatch> apply the patch. Both C<makepatch>
and C<applypatch> are available from CPAN in the C<JV/makepatch-*>

=item pl [hash]

Processing instructions for the C<perl Makefile.PL> or C<perl
Build.PL> phase of the CPAN mantra. See below under I<Processing

=item test [hash]

Processing instructions for the C<make test> or C<./Build test> phase
of the CPAN mantra. See below under I<Processing Instructions>.


=head2 Processing Instructions


=item args [array]

Arguments to be added to the command line

=item commandline

A full commandline to run via C<system()>.
During execution, the environment variable PERL is set
to $^X (but with an absolute path). If C<commandline> is specified,
C<args> is not used.

=item eexpect [hash]

Extended C<expect>. This is a hash reference with four allowed keys,
C<mode>, C<timeout>, C<reuse>, and C<talk>.

You must install the C<Expect> module to use C<eexpect>. CPAN.pm
does not install it for you.

C<mode> may have the values C<deterministic> for the case where all
questions come in the order written down and C<anyorder> for the case
where the questions may come in any order. The default mode is

C<timeout> denotes a timeout in seconds. Floating-point timeouts are
OK. With C<mode=deterministic>, the timeout denotes the
timeout per question; with C<mode=anyorder> it denotes the
timeout per byte received from the stream or questions.

C<talk> is a reference to an array that contains alternating questions
and answers. Questions are regular expressions and answers are literal
strings. The Expect module watches the stream from the
execution of the external program (C<perl Makefile.PL>, C<perl
Build.PL>, C<make>, etc.).

For C<mode=deterministic>, the CPAN.pm injects the
corresponding answer as soon as the stream matches the regular expression.

For C<mode=anyorder> CPAN.pm answers a question as soon
as the timeout is reached for the next byte in the input stream. In
this mode you can use the C<reuse> parameter to decide what will
happen with a question-answer pair after it has been used. In the
default case (reuse=0) it is removed from the array, avoiding being
used again accidentally. If you want to answer the
question C<Do you really want to do that> several times, then it must
be included in the array at least as often as you want this answer to
be given. Setting the parameter C<reuse> to 1 makes this repetition

=item env [hash]

Environment variables to be set during the command

=item expect [array]

You must install the C<Expect> module to use C<expect>. CPAN.pm
does not install it for you.

C<< expect: <array> >> is a short notation for this C<eexpect>:

		mode: deterministic
		timeout: 15
		talk: <array>


=head2 Schema verification with C<Kwalify>

If you have the C<Kwalify> module installed (which is part of the
Bundle::CPANxxl), then all your distroprefs files are checked for
syntactic correctness.

=head2 Example Distroprefs Files

C<CPAN.pm> comes with a collection of example YAML files. Note that these
are really just examples and should not be used without care because
they cannot fit everybody's purpose. After all, the authors of the
packages that ask questions had a need to ask, so you should watch
their questions and adjust the examples to your environment and your
needs. You have been warned:-)


If you do not enter the shell, shell commands are
available both as methods (C<CPAN::Shell-E<gt>install(...)>) and as
functions in the calling package (C<install(...)>).  Before calling low-level
commands, it makes sense to initialize components of CPAN you need, e.g.:


High-level commands do such initializations automatically.

There's currently only one class that has a stable interface -
CPAN::Shell. All commands that are available in the CPAN shell are
methods of the class CPAN::Shell. The arguments on the commandline are
passed as arguments to the method.

So if you take for example the shell command

  notest install A B C

the actually executed command is


Each of the commands that produce listings of modules (C<r>,
C<autobundle>, C<u>) also return a list of the IDs of all modules
within the list.

=over 2

=item expand($type,@things)

The IDs of all objects available within a program are strings that can
be expanded to the corresponding real objects with the
C<CPAN::Shell-E<gt>expand("Module",@things)> method. Expand returns a
list of CPAN::Module objects according to the C<@things> arguments
given. In scalar context, it returns only the first element of the

=item expandany(@things)

Like expand, but returns objects of the appropriate type, i.e.
CPAN::Bundle objects for bundles, CPAN::Module objects for modules, and
CPAN::Distribution objects for distributions. Note: it does not expand
to CPAN::Author objects.

=item Programming Examples

This enables the programmer to do operations that combine
functionalities that are available in the shell.

    # install everything that is outdated on my disk:
    perl -MCPAN -e 'CPAN::Shell->install(CPAN::Shell->r)'

    # install my favorite programs if necessary:
    for $mod (qw(Net::FTP Digest::SHA Data::Dumper)) {

    # list all modules on my disk that have no VERSION number
    for $mod (CPAN::Shell->expand("Module","/./")) {
        next unless $mod->inst_file;
        # MakeMaker convention for undefined $VERSION:
        next unless $mod->inst_version eq "undef";
        print "No VERSION in ", $mod->id, "\n";

    # find out which distribution on CPAN contains a module:
    print CPAN::Shell->expand("Module","Apache::Constants")->cpan_file

Or if you want to schedule a I<cron> job to watch CPAN, you could list
all modules that need updating. First a quick and dirty way:

    perl -e 'use CPAN; CPAN::Shell->r;'

If you don't want any output should all modules be
up to date, parse the output of above command for the regular
expression C</modules are up to date/> and decide to mail the output
only if it doesn't match.

If you prefer to do it more in a programmerish style in one single
process, something like this may better suit you:

  # list all modules on my disk that have newer versions on CPAN
  for $mod (CPAN::Shell->expand("Module","/./")) {
    next unless $mod->inst_file;
    next if $mod->uptodate;
    printf "Module %s is installed as %s, could be updated to %s from CPAN\n",
        $mod->id, $mod->inst_version, $mod->cpan_version;

If that gives too much output every day, you may want to
watch only for three modules. You can write

  for $mod (CPAN::Shell->expand("Module","/Apache|LWP|CGI/")) {

as the first line instead. Or you can combine some of the above

  # watch only for a new mod_perl module
  $mod = CPAN::Shell->expand("Module","mod_perl");
  exit if $mod->uptodate;
  # new mod_perl arrived, let me know all update recommendations


=head2 Methods in the other Classes

=over 4

=item CPAN::Author::as_glimpse()

Returns a one-line description of the author

=item CPAN::Author::as_string()

Returns a multi-line description of the author

=item CPAN::Author::email()

Returns the author's email address

=item CPAN::Author::fullname()

Returns the author's name

=item CPAN::Author::name()

An alias for fullname

=item CPAN::Bundle::as_glimpse()

Returns a one-line description of the bundle

=item CPAN::Bundle::as_string()

Returns a multi-line description of the bundle

=item CPAN::Bundle::clean()

Recursively runs the C<clean> method on all items contained in the bundle.

=item CPAN::Bundle::contains()

Returns a list of objects' IDs contained in a bundle. The associated
objects may be bundles, modules or distributions.

=item CPAN::Bundle::force($method,@args)

Forces CPAN to perform a task that it normally would have refused to
do. Force takes as arguments a method name to be called and any number
of additional arguments that should be passed to the called method.
The internals of the object get the needed changes so that CPAN.pm
does not refuse to take the action. The C<force> is passed recursively
to all contained objects. See also the section above on the C<force>
and the C<fforce> pragma.

=item CPAN::Bundle::get()

Recursively runs the C<get> method on all items contained in the bundle

=item CPAN::Bundle::inst_file()

Returns the highest installed version of the bundle in either @INC or
C<< $CPAN::Config->{cpan_home} >>. Note that this is different from

=item CPAN::Bundle::inst_version()

Like CPAN::Bundle::inst_file, but returns the $VERSION

=item CPAN::Bundle::uptodate()

Returns 1 if the bundle itself and all its members are up-to-date.

=item CPAN::Bundle::install()

Recursively runs the C<install> method on all items contained in the bundle

=item CPAN::Bundle::make()

Recursively runs the C<make> method on all items contained in the bundle

=item CPAN::Bundle::readme()

Recursively runs the C<readme> method on all items contained in the bundle

=item CPAN::Bundle::test()

Recursively runs the C<test> method on all items contained in the bundle

=item CPAN::Distribution::as_glimpse()

Returns a one-line description of the distribution

=item CPAN::Distribution::as_string()

Returns a multi-line description of the distribution

=item CPAN::Distribution::author

Returns the CPAN::Author object of the maintainer who uploaded this

=item CPAN::Distribution::pretty_id()

Returns a string of the form "AUTHORID/TARBALL", where AUTHORID is the
author's PAUSE ID and TARBALL is the distribution filename.

=item CPAN::Distribution::base_id()

Returns the distribution filename without any archive suffix.  E.g

=item CPAN::Distribution::clean()

Changes to the directory where the distribution has been unpacked and
runs C<make clean> there.

=item CPAN::Distribution::containsmods()

Returns a list of IDs of modules contained in a distribution file.
Works only for distributions listed in the 02packages.details.txt.gz
file. This typically means that just most recent version of a
distribution is covered.

=item CPAN::Distribution::cvs_import()

Changes to the directory where the distribution has been unpacked and
runs something like

    cvs -d $cvs_root import -m $cvs_log $cvs_dir $userid v$version


=item CPAN::Distribution::dir()

Returns the directory into which this distribution has been unpacked.

=item CPAN::Distribution::force($method,@args)

Forces CPAN to perform a task that it normally would have refused to
do. Force takes as arguments a method name to be called and any number
of additional arguments that should be passed to the called method.
The internals of the object get the needed changes so that CPAN.pm
does not refuse to take the action. See also the section above on the
C<force> and the C<fforce> pragma.

=item CPAN::Distribution::get()

Downloads the distribution from CPAN and unpacks it. Does nothing if
the distribution has already been downloaded and unpacked within the
current session.

=item CPAN::Distribution::install()

Changes to the directory where the distribution has been unpacked and
runs the external command C<make install> there. If C<make> has not
yet been run, it will be run first. A C<make test> is issued in
any case and if this fails, the install is cancelled. The
cancellation can be avoided by letting C<force> run the C<install> for

This install method only has the power to install the distribution if
there are no dependencies in the way. To install an object along with all
its dependencies, use CPAN::Shell->install.

Note that install() gives no meaningful return value. See uptodate().

=item CPAN::Distribution::isa_perl()

Returns 1 if this distribution file seems to be a perl distribution.
Normally this is derived from the file name only, but the index from
CPAN can contain a hint to achieve a return value of true for other
filenames too.

=item CPAN::Distribution::look()

Changes to the directory where the distribution has been unpacked and
opens a subshell there. Exiting the subshell returns.

=item CPAN::Distribution::make()

First runs the C<get> method to make sure the distribution is
downloaded and unpacked. Changes to the directory where the
distribution has been unpacked and runs the external commands C<perl
Makefile.PL> or C<perl Build.PL> and C<make> there.

=item CPAN::Distribution::perldoc()

Downloads the pod documentation of the file associated with a
distribution (in HTML format) and runs it through the external
command I<lynx> specified in C<< $CPAN::Config->{lynx} >>. If I<lynx>
isn't available, it converts it to plain text with the external
command I<html2text> and runs it through the pager specified
in C<< $CPAN::Config->{pager} >>.

=item CPAN::Distribution::prefs()

Returns the hash reference from the first matching YAML file that the
user has deposited in the C<prefs_dir/> directory. The first
succeeding match wins. The files in the C<prefs_dir/> are processed
alphabetically, and the canonical distro name (e.g.
AUTHOR/Foo-Bar-3.14.tar.gz) is matched against the regular expressions
stored in the $root->{match}{distribution} attribute value.
Additionally all module names contained in a distribution are matched
against the regular expressions in the $root->{match}{module} attribute
value. The two match values are ANDed together. Each of the two
attributes are optional.

=item CPAN::Distribution::prereq_pm()

Returns the hash reference that has been announced by a distribution
as the C<requires> and C<build_requires> elements. These can be
declared either by the C<META.yml> (if authoritative) or can be
deposited after the run of C<Build.PL> in the file C<./_build/prereqs>
or after the run of C<Makfile.PL> written as the C<PREREQ_PM> hash in
a comment in the produced C<Makefile>. I<Note>: this method only works
after an attempt has been made to C<make> the distribution. Returns
undef otherwise.

=item CPAN::Distribution::readme()

Downloads the README file associated with a distribution and runs it
through the pager specified in C<< $CPAN::Config->{pager} >>.

=item CPAN::Distribution::reports()

Downloads report data for this distribution from www.cpantesters.org
and displays a subset of them.

=item CPAN::Distribution::read_yaml()

Returns the content of the META.yml of this distro as a hashref. Note:
works only after an attempt has been made to C<make> the distribution.
Returns undef otherwise. Also returns undef if the content of META.yml
is not authoritative. (The rules about what exactly makes the content
authoritative are still in flux.)

=item CPAN::Distribution::test()

Changes to the directory where the distribution has been unpacked and
runs C<make test> there.

=item CPAN::Distribution::uptodate()

Returns 1 if all the modules contained in the distribution are
up-to-date. Relies on containsmods.

=item CPAN::Index::force_reload()

Forces a reload of all indices.

=item CPAN::Index::reload()

Reloads all indices if they have not been read for more than
C<< $CPAN::Config->{index_expire} >> days.

=item CPAN::InfoObj::dump()

CPAN::Author, CPAN::Bundle, CPAN::Module, and CPAN::Distribution
inherit this method. It prints the data structure associated with an
object. Useful for debugging. Note: the data structure is considered
internal and thus subject to change without notice.

=item CPAN::Module::as_glimpse()

Returns a one-line description of the module in four columns: The
first column contains the word C<Module>, the second column consists
of one character: an equals sign if this module is already installed
and up-to-date, a less-than sign if this module is installed but can be
upgraded, and a space if the module is not installed. The third column
is the name of the module and the fourth column gives maintainer or
distribution information.

=item CPAN::Module::as_string()

Returns a multi-line description of the module

=item CPAN::Module::clean()

Runs a clean on the distribution associated with this module.

=item CPAN::Module::cpan_file()

Returns the filename on CPAN that is associated with the module.

=item CPAN::Module::cpan_version()

Returns the latest version of this module available on CPAN.

=item CPAN::Module::cvs_import()

Runs a cvs_import on the distribution associated with this module.

=item CPAN::Module::description()

Returns a 44 character description of this module. Only available for
modules listed in The Module List (CPAN/modules/00modlist.long.html
or 00modlist.long.txt.gz)

=item CPAN::Module::distribution()

Returns the CPAN::Distribution object that contains the current
version of this module.

=item CPAN::Module::dslip_status()

Returns a hash reference. The keys of the hash are the letters C<D>,
C<S>, C<L>, C<I>, and <P>, for development status, support level,
language, interface and public licence respectively. The data for the
DSLIP status are collected by pause.perl.org when authors register
their namespaces. The values of the 5 hash elements are one-character
words whose meaning is described in the table below. There are also 5
hash elements C<DV>, C<SV>, C<LV>, C<IV>, and <PV> that carry a more
verbose value of the 5 status variables.

Where the 'DSLIP' characters have the following meanings:

  D - Development Stage  (Note: *NO IMPLIED TIMESCALES*):
    i   - Idea, listed to gain consensus or as a placeholder
    c   - under construction but pre-alpha (not yet released)
    a/b - Alpha/Beta testing
    R   - Released
    M   - Mature (no rigorous definition)
    S   - Standard, supplied with Perl 5

  S - Support Level:
    m   - Mailing-list
    d   - Developer
    u   - Usenet newsgroup comp.lang.perl.modules
    n   - None known, try comp.lang.perl.modules
    a   - abandoned; volunteers welcome to take over maintenance

  L - Language Used:
    p   - Perl-only, no compiler needed, should be platform independent
    c   - C and perl, a C compiler will be needed
    h   - Hybrid, written in perl with optional C code, no compiler needed
    +   - C++ and perl, a C++ compiler will be needed
    o   - perl and another language other than C or C++

  I - Interface Style
    f   - plain Functions, no references used
    h   - hybrid, object and function interfaces available
    n   - no interface at all (huh?)
    r   - some use of unblessed References or ties
    O   - Object oriented using blessed references and/or inheritance

  P - Public License
    p   - Standard-Perl: user may choose between GPL and Artistic
    g   - GPL: GNU General Public License
    l   - LGPL: "GNU Lesser General Public License" (previously known as
          "GNU Library General Public License")
    b   - BSD: The BSD License
    a   - Artistic license alone
    2   - Artistic license 2.0 or later
    o   - open source: approved by www.opensource.org
    d   - allows distribution without restrictions
    r   - restricted distribution
    n   - no license at all

=item CPAN::Module::force($method,@args)

Forces CPAN to perform a task it would normally refuse to
do. Force takes as arguments a method name to be invoked and any number
of additional arguments to pass that method.
The internals of the object get the needed changes so that CPAN.pm
does not refuse to take the action. See also the section above on the
C<force> and the C<fforce> pragma.

=item CPAN::Module::get()

Runs a get on the distribution associated with this module.

=item CPAN::Module::inst_file()

Returns the filename of the module found in @INC. The first file found
is reported, just as perl itself stops searching @INC once it finds a

=item CPAN::Module::available_file()

Returns the filename of the module found in PERL5LIB or @INC. The
first file found is reported. The advantage of this method over
C<inst_file> is that modules that have been tested but not yet
installed are included because PERL5LIB keeps track of tested modules.

=item CPAN::Module::inst_version()

Returns the version number of the installed module in readable format.

=item CPAN::Module::available_version()

Returns the version number of the available module in readable format.

=item CPAN::Module::install()

Runs an C<install> on the distribution associated with this module.

=item CPAN::Module::look()

Changes to the directory where the distribution associated with this
module has been unpacked and opens a subshell there. Exiting the
subshell returns.

=item CPAN::Module::make()

Runs a C<make> on the distribution associated with this module.

=item CPAN::Module::manpage_headline()

If module is installed, peeks into the module's manpage, reads the
headline, and returns it. Moreover, if the module has been downloaded
within this session, does the equivalent on the downloaded module even
if it hasn't been installed yet.

=item CPAN::Module::perldoc()

Runs a C<perldoc> on this module.

=item CPAN::Module::readme()

Runs a C<readme> on the distribution associated with this module.

=item CPAN::Module::reports()

Calls the reports() method on the associated distribution object.

=item CPAN::Module::test()

Runs a C<test> on the distribution associated with this module.

=item CPAN::Module::uptodate()

Returns 1 if the module is installed and up-to-date.

=item CPAN::Module::userid()

Returns the author's ID of the module.


=head2 Cache Manager

Currently the cache manager only keeps track of the build directory
($CPAN::Config->{build_dir}). It is a simple FIFO mechanism that
deletes complete directories below C<build_dir> as soon as the size of
all directories there gets bigger than $CPAN::Config->{build_cache}
(in MB). The contents of this cache may be used for later
re-installations that you intend to do manually, but will never be
trusted by CPAN itself. This is due to the fact that the user might
use these directories for building modules on different architectures.

There is another directory ($CPAN::Config->{keep_source_where}) where
the original distribution files are kept. This directory is not
covered by the cache manager and must be controlled by the user. If
you choose to have the same directory as build_dir and as
keep_source_where directory, then your sources will be deleted with
the same fifo mechanism.

=head2 Bundles

A bundle is just a perl module in the namespace Bundle:: that does not
define any functions or methods. It usually only contains documentation.

It starts like a perl module with a package declaration and a $VERSION
variable. After that the pod section looks like any other pod with the
only difference being that I<one special pod section> exists starting with

    =head1 CONTENTS

In this pod section each line obeys the format

        Module_Name [Version_String] [- optional text]

The only required part is the first field, the name of a module
(e.g. Foo::Bar, i.e. I<not> the name of the distribution file). The rest
of the line is optional. The comment part is delimited by a dash just
as in the man page header.

The distribution of a bundle should follow the same convention as
other distributions.

Bundles are treated specially in the CPAN package. If you say 'install
Bundle::Tkkit' (assuming such a bundle exists), CPAN will install all
the modules in the CONTENTS section of the pod. You can install your
own Bundles locally by placing a conformant Bundle file somewhere into
your @INC path. The autobundle() command which is available in the
shell interface does that for you by including all currently installed
modules in a snapshot bundle file.


The CPAN program is trying to depend on as little as possible so the
user can use it in hostile environment. It works better the more goodies
the environment provides. For example if you try in the CPAN shell

  install Bundle::CPAN


  install Bundle::CPANxxl

you will find the shell more convenient than the bare shell before.

If you have a local mirror of CPAN and can access all files with
"file:" URLs, then you only need a perl later than perl5.003 to run
this module. Otherwise Net::FTP is strongly recommended. LWP may be
required for non-UNIX systems, or if your nearest CPAN site is
associated with a URL that is not C<ftp:>.

If you have neither Net::FTP nor LWP, there is a fallback mechanism
implemented for an external ftp command or for an external lynx


=head2 Finding packages and VERSION

This module presumes that all packages on CPAN

=over 2

=item *

declare their $VERSION variable in an easy to parse manner. This
prerequisite can hardly be relaxed because it consumes far too much
memory to load all packages into the running program just to determine
the $VERSION variable. Currently all programs that are dealing with
version use something like this

    perl -MExtUtils::MakeMaker -le \
        'print MM->parse_version(shift)' filename

If you are author of a package and wonder if your $VERSION can be
parsed, please try the above method.

=item *

come as compressed or gzipped tarfiles or as zip files and contain a
C<Makefile.PL> or C<Build.PL> (well, we try to handle a bit more, but
with little enthusiasm).


=head2 Debugging

Debugging this module is more than a bit complex due to interference from
the software producing the indices on CPAN, the mirroring process on CPAN,
packaging, configuration, synchronicity, and even (gasp!) due to bugs
within the CPAN.pm module itself.

For debugging the code of CPAN.pm itself in interactive mode, some
debugging aid can be turned on for most packages within
CPAN.pm with one of

=over 2

=item o debug package...

sets debug mode for packages.

=item o debug -package...

unsets debug mode for packages.

=item o debug all

turns debugging on for all packages.

=item o debug number


which sets the debugging packages directly. Note that C<o debug 0>
turns debugging off.

What seems a successful strategy is the combination of C<reload
cpan> and the debugging switches. Add a new debug statement while
running in the shell and then issue a C<reload cpan> and see the new
debugging messages immediately without losing the current context.

C<o debug> without an argument lists the valid package names and the
current set of packages in debugging mode. C<o debug> has built-in
completion support.

For debugging of CPAN data there is the C<dump> command which takes
the same arguments as make/test/install and outputs each object's
Data::Dumper dump. If an argument looks like a perl variable and
contains one of C<$>, C<@> or C<%>, it is eval()ed and fed to
Data::Dumper directly.

=head2 Floppy, Zip, Offline Mode

CPAN.pm works nicely without network access, too. If you maintain machines
that are not networked at all, you should consider working with C<file:>
URLs. You'll have to collect your modules somewhere first. So
you might use CPAN.pm to put together all you need on a networked
machine. Then copy the $CPAN::Config->{keep_source_where} (but not
$CPAN::Config->{build_dir}) directory on a floppy. This floppy is kind
of a personal CPAN. CPAN.pm on the non-networked machines works nicely
with this floppy. See also below the paragraph about CD-ROM support.

=head2 Basic Utilities for Programmers

=over 2

=item has_inst($module)

Returns true if the module is installed. Used to load all modules into
the running CPAN.pm that are considered optional. The config variable
C<dontload_list> intercepts the C<has_inst()> call such
that an optional module is not loaded despite being available. For
example, the following command will prevent C<YAML.pm> from being

    cpan> o conf dontload_list push YAML

See the source for details.

=item use_inst($module)

Similary to L<has_inst()> tries to load optional library but also dies if
library is not available

=item has_usable($module)

Returns true if the module is installed and in a usable state. Only
useful for a handful of modules that are used internally. See the
source for details.

=item instance($module)

The constructor for all the singletons used to represent modules,
distributions, authors, and bundles. If the object already exists, this
method returns the object; otherwise, it calls the constructor.

=item frontend()

=item frontend($new_frontend)

Getter/setter for frontend object. Method just allows to subclass CPAN.pm.



There's no strong security layer in CPAN.pm. CPAN.pm helps you to
install foreign, unmasked, unsigned code on your machine. We compare
to a checksum that comes from the net just as the distribution file
itself. But we try to make it easy to add security on demand:

=head2 Cryptographically signed modules

Since release 1.77, CPAN.pm has been able to verify cryptographically
signed module distributions using Module::Signature.  The CPAN modules
can be signed by their authors, thus giving more security.  The simple
unsigned MD5 checksums that were used before by CPAN protect mainly
against accidental file corruption.

You will need to have Module::Signature installed, which in turn
requires that you have at least one of Crypt::OpenPGP module or the
command-line F<gpg> tool installed.

You will also need to be able to connect over the Internet to the public
key servers, like pgp.mit.edu, and their port 11731 (the HKP protocol).

The configuration parameter check_sigs is there to turn signature
checking on or off.

=head1 EXPORT

Most functions in package CPAN are exported by default. The reason
for this is that the primary use is intended for the cpan shell or for


When the CPAN shell enters a subshell via the look command, it sets
the environment CPAN_SHELL_LEVEL to 1, or increments that variable if it is
already set.

When CPAN runs, it sets the environment variable PERL5_CPAN_IS_RUNNING
to the ID of the running process. It also sets
PERL5_CPANPLUS_IS_RUNNING to prevent runaway processes which could
happen with older versions of Module::Install.

When running C<perl Makefile.PL>, the environment variable
C<PERL5_CPAN_IS_EXECUTING> is set to the full path of the
C<Makefile.PL> that is being executed. This prevents runaway processes
with newer versions of Module::Install.

When the config variable ftp_passive is set, all downloads will be run
with the environment variable FTP_PASSIVE set to this value. This is
in general a good idea as it influences both Net::FTP and LWP based
connections. The same effect can be achieved by starting the cpan
shell with this environment variable set. For Net::FTP alone, one can
also always set passive mode by running libnetcfg.


Populating a freshly installed perl with one's favorite modules is pretty
easy if you maintain a private bundle definition file. To get a useful
blueprint of a bundle definition file, the command autobundle can be used
on the CPAN shell command line. This command writes a bundle definition
file for all modules installed for the current perl
interpreter. It's recommended to run this command once only, and from then
on maintain the file manually under a private name, say
Bundle/my_bundle.pm. With a clever bundle file you can then simply say

    cpan> install Bundle::my_bundle

then answer a few questions and go out for coffee (possibly
even in a different city).

Maintaining a bundle definition file means keeping track of two
things: dependencies and interactivity. CPAN.pm sometimes fails on
calculating dependencies because not all modules define all MakeMaker
attributes correctly, so a bundle definition file should specify
prerequisites as early as possible. On the other hand, it's
annoying that so many distributions need some interactive configuring. So
what you can try to accomplish in your private bundle file is to have the
packages that need to be configured early in the file and the gentle
ones later, so you can go out for coffee after a few minutes and leave CPAN.pm
to churn away unattended.


Thanks to Graham Barr for contributing the following paragraphs about
the interaction between perl, and various firewall configurations. For
further information on firewalls, it is recommended to consult the
documentation that comes with the I<ncftp> program. If you are unable to
go through the firewall with a simple Perl setup, it is likely
that you can configure I<ncftp> so that it works through your firewall.

=head2 Three basic types of firewalls

Firewalls can be categorized into three basic types.

=over 4

=item http firewall

This is when the firewall machine runs a web server, and to access the
outside world, you must do so via that web server. If you set environment
variables like http_proxy or ftp_proxy to values beginning with http://,
or in your web browser you've proxy information set, then you know
you are running behind an http firewall.

To access servers outside these types of firewalls with perl (even for
ftp), you need LWP or HTTP::Tiny.

=item ftp firewall

This where the firewall machine runs an ftp server. This kind of
firewall will only let you access ftp servers outside the firewall.
This is usually done by connecting to the firewall with ftp, then
entering a username like "user@outside.host.com".

To access servers outside these type of firewalls with perl, you
need Net::FTP.

=item One-way visibility

One-way visibility means these firewalls try to make themselves
invisible to users inside the firewall. An FTP data connection is
normally created by sending your IP address to the remote server and then
listening for the return connection. But the remote server will not be able to
connect to you because of the firewall. For these types of firewall,
FTP connections need to be done in a passive mode.

There are two that I can think off.

=over 4

=item SOCKS

If you are using a SOCKS firewall, you will need to compile perl and link
it with the SOCKS library.  This is what is normally called a 'socksified'
perl. With this executable you will be able to connect to servers outside
the firewall as if it were not there.

=item IP Masquerade

This is when the firewall implemented in the kernel (via NAT, or networking
address translation), it allows you to hide a complete network behind one
IP address. With this firewall no special compiling is needed as you can
access hosts directly.

For accessing ftp servers behind such firewalls you usually need to
set the environment variable C<FTP_PASSIVE> or the config variable
ftp_passive to a true value.



=head2 Configuring lynx or ncftp for going through a firewall

If you can go through your firewall with e.g. lynx, presumably with a
command such as

    /usr/local/bin/lynx -pscott:tiger

then you would configure CPAN.pm with the command

    o conf lynx "/usr/local/bin/lynx -pscott:tiger"

That's all. Similarly for ncftp or ftp, you would configure something

    o conf ncftp "/usr/bin/ncftp -f /home/scott/ncftplogin.cfg"

Your mileage may vary...

=head1 FAQ

=over 4

=item 1)

I installed a new version of module X but CPAN keeps saying,
I have the old version installed

Probably you B<do> have the old version installed. This can
happen if a module installs itself into a different directory in the
@INC path than it was previously installed. This is not really a
CPAN.pm problem, you would have the same problem when installing the
module manually. The easiest way to prevent this behaviour is to add
the argument C<UNINST=1> to the C<make install> call, and that is why
many people add this argument permanently by configuring

  o conf make_install_arg UNINST=1

=item 2)

So why is UNINST=1 not the default?

Because there are people who have their precise expectations about who
may install where in the @INC path and who uses which @INC array. In
fine tuned environments C<UNINST=1> can cause damage.

=item 3)

I want to clean up my mess, and install a new perl along with
all modules I have. How do I go about it?

Run the autobundle command for your old perl and optionally rename the
resulting bundle file (e.g. Bundle/mybundle.pm), install the new perl
with the Configure option prefix, e.g.

    ./Configure -Dprefix=/usr/local/perl-

Install the bundle file you produced in the first step with something like

    cpan> install Bundle::mybundle

and you're done.

=item 4)

When I install bundles or multiple modules with one command
there is too much output to keep track of.

You may want to configure something like

  o conf make_arg "| tee -ai /root/.cpan/logs/make.out"
  o conf make_install_arg "| tee -ai /root/.cpan/logs/make_install.out"

so that STDOUT is captured in a file for later inspection.

=item 5)

I am not root, how can I install a module in a personal directory?

As of CPAN 1.9463, if you do not have permission to write the default perl
library directories, CPAN's configuration process will ask you whether
you want to bootstrap <local::lib>, which makes keeping a personal
perl library directory easy.

Another thing you should bear in mind is that the UNINST parameter can
be dangerous when you are installing into a private area because you
might accidentally remove modules that other people depend on that are
not using the private area.

=item 6)

How to get a package, unwrap it, and make a change before building it?

Have a look at the C<look> (!) command.

=item 7)

I installed a Bundle and had a couple of fails. When I
retried, everything resolved nicely. Can this be fixed to work
on first try?

The reason for this is that CPAN does not know the dependencies of all
modules when it starts out. To decide about the additional items to
install, it just uses data found in the META.yml file or the generated
Makefile. An undetected missing piece breaks the process. But it may
well be that your Bundle installs some prerequisite later than some
depending item and thus your second try is able to resolve everything.
Please note, CPAN.pm does not know the dependency tree in advance and
cannot sort the queue of things to install in a topologically correct
order. It resolves perfectly well B<if> all modules declare the
prerequisites correctly with the PREREQ_PM attribute to MakeMaker or
the C<requires> stanza of Module::Build. For bundles which fail and
you need to install often, it is recommended to sort the Bundle
definition file manually.

=item 8)

In our intranet, we have many modules for internal use. How
can I integrate these modules with CPAN.pm but without uploading
the modules to CPAN?

Have a look at the CPAN::Site module.

=item 9)

When I run CPAN's shell, I get an error message about things in my
C</etc/inputrc> (or C<~/.inputrc>) file.

These are readline issues and can only be fixed by studying readline
configuration on your architecture and adjusting the referenced file
accordingly. Please make a backup of the C</etc/inputrc> or C<~/.inputrc>
and edit them. Quite often harmless changes like uppercasing or
lowercasing some arguments solves the problem.

=item 10)

Some authors have strange characters in their names.

Internally CPAN.pm uses the UTF-8 charset. If your terminal is
expecting ISO-8859-1 charset, a converter can be activated by setting
term_is_latin to a true value in your config file. One way of doing so
would be

    cpan> o conf term_is_latin 1

If other charset support is needed, please file a bug report against
CPAN.pm at rt.cpan.org and describe your needs. Maybe we can extend
the support or maybe UTF-8 terminals become widely available.

Note: this config variable is deprecated and will be removed in a
future version of CPAN.pm. It will be replaced with the conventions
around the family of $LANG and $LC_* environment variables.

=item 11)

When an install fails for some reason and then I correct the error
condition and retry, CPAN.pm refuses to install the module, saying
C<Already tried without success>.

Use the force pragma like so

  force install Foo::Bar

Or you can use

  look Foo::Bar

and then C<make install> directly in the subshell.

=item 12)

How do I install a "DEVELOPER RELEASE" of a module?

By default, CPAN will install the latest non-developer release of a
module. If you want to install a dev release, you have to specify the
partial path starting with the author id to the tarball you wish to
install, like so:

    cpan> install KWILLIAMS/Module-Build-0.27_07.tar.gz

Note that you can use the C<ls> command to get this path listed.

=item 13)

How do I install a module and all its dependencies from the commandline,
without being prompted for anything, despite my CPAN configuration
(or lack thereof)?

CPAN uses ExtUtils::MakeMaker's prompt() function to ask its questions, so
if you set the PERL_MM_USE_DEFAULT environment variable, you shouldn't be
asked any questions at all (assuming the modules you are installing are
nice about obeying that variable as well):

    % PERL_MM_USE_DEFAULT=1 perl -MCPAN -e 'install My::Module'

=item 14)

How do I create a Module::Build based Build.PL derived from an
ExtUtils::MakeMaker focused Makefile.PL?


=item 15)

I'm frequently irritated with the CPAN shell's inability to help me
select a good mirror.

CPAN can now help you select a "good" mirror, based on which ones have the
lowest 'ping' round-trip times.  From the shell, use the command 'o conf init
urllist' and allow CPAN to automatically select mirrors for you.

Beyond that help, the urllist config parameter is yours. You can add and remove
sites at will. You should find out which sites have the best up-to-dateness,
bandwidth, reliability, etc. and are topologically close to you. Some people
prefer fast downloads, others up-to-dateness, others reliability.  You decide
which to try in which order.

Henk P. Penning maintains a site that collects data about CPAN sites:


Also, feel free to play with experimental features. Run

  o conf init randomize_urllist ftpstats_period ftpstats_size

and choose your favorite parameters. After a few downloads running the
C<hosts> command will probably assist you in choosing the best mirror

=item 16)

Why do I get asked the same questions every time I start the shell?

You can make your configuration changes permanent by calling the
command C<o conf commit>. Alternatively set the C<auto_commit>
variable to true by running C<o conf init auto_commit> and answering
the following question with yes.

=item 17)

Older versions of CPAN.pm had the original root directory of all
tarballs in the build directory. Now there are always random
characters appended to these directory names. Why was this done?

The random characters are provided by File::Temp and ensure that each
module's individual build directory is unique. This makes running
CPAN.pm in concurrent processes simultaneously safe.

=item 18)

Speaking of the build directory. Do I have to clean it up myself?

You have the choice to set the config variable C<scan_cache> to
C<never>. Then you must clean it up yourself. The other possible
values, C<atstart> and C<atexit> clean up the build directory when you
start (or more precisely, after the first extraction into the build
directory) or exit the CPAN shell, respectively. If you never start up
the CPAN shell, you probably also have to clean up the build directory

=item 19)

How can I switch to sudo instead of local::lib?

The following 5 environment veriables need to be reset to the previous
and these two CPAN.pm config variables must be reconfigured:
make_install_make_command and mbuild_install_build_command. The five
env variables have probably been overwritten in your $HOME/.bashrc or
some equivalent. You either find them there and delete their traces
and logout/login or you override them temporarily, depending on your
exact desire. The two cpanpm config variables can be set with:

  o conf init /install_.*_command/

probably followed by

  o conf commit




CPAN.pm is regularly tested to run under 5.005 and assorted
newer versions. It is getting more and more difficult to get the
minimal prerequisites working on older perls. It is close to
impossible to get the whole Bundle::CPAN working there. If you're in
the position to have only these old versions, be advised that CPAN is
designed to work fine without the Bundle::CPAN installed.

To get things going, note that GBARR/Scalar-List-Utils-1.18.tar.gz is
compatible with ancient perls and that File::Temp is listed as a
prerequisite but CPAN has reasonable workarounds if it is missing.


This module and its competitor, the CPANPLUS module, are both much
cooler than the other. CPAN.pm is older. CPANPLUS was designed to be
more modular, but it was never intended to be compatible with CPAN.pm.


In the year 2010 App::cpanminus was launched as a new approach to a
cpan shell with a considerably smaller footprint. Very cool stuff.


This software enables you to upgrade software on your computer and so
is inherently dangerous because the newly installed software may
contain bugs and may alter the way your computer works or even make it
unusable. Please consider backing up your data before every upgrade.

=head1 BUGS

Please report bugs via L<http://rt.cpan.org/>

Before submitting a bug, please make sure that the traditional method
of building a Perl module package from a shell by following the
installation instructions of that package still works in your

=head1 AUTHOR

Andreas Koenig C<< <andk@cpan.org> >>

=head1 LICENSE

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

See L<http://www.perl.com/perl/misc/Artistic.html>


Kawai,Takanori provides a Japanese translation of a very old version
of this manpage at

=head1 SEE ALSO

Many people enter the CPAN shell by running the L<cpan> utility
program which is installed in the same directory as perl itself. So if
you have this directory in your PATH variable (or some equivalent in
your operating system) then typing C<cpan> in a console window will
work for you as well. Above that the utility provides several
commandline shortcuts.

melezhik (Alexey) sent me a link where he published a chef recipe to
work with CPAN.pm: http://community.opscode.com/cookbooks/cpan.