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[SLUG] Perl and CPAN


OK so maybe one of the perl experts on this list can give me an answer to
this.

I frequently have to write perl scripts of various sorts and get them over
to customer machines.  Sometimes they need to access various modules from
CPAN like DBI::DBD and DBD::mysql.  What I'm finding recently is that
there is a perl builtin module called Data::Dumper which is increasingly
becoming a pre-requisite for various other things, and also a fairly useful
module in itself.

Now, according to my perl installation which is currently 5.6.0, the
Data::Dumper module is already there.  Fine.

When using the perl -MCPAN -e shell code to fetch the other modules, it
gets a module list.  That module list seems to think that Data::Dumper 
is stored in the perl-5.6.1.tar.gz file which of course it is, but upgrading
my entire perl system and re-building all of my other modules isn't something
I want to do just to install a MySQL module, especially when I have a
perfectly OK version of Data::Dumper already installed.

What the upshot of this is is that every time I use CPAN to install
DBD::mysql on a client machine, it downloads and recompiles perl.
I haven't found a way to stop it doing this, and on a system with
limited bandwidth it's a pain in the arse.

Personally, I think that whoever decided that the entire perl system needs
to be upgraded to include an already existing module needs to be taken out
and shot, and the module entry for Data::Dumper is just plain wrong.

Nobody at CPAN.org appears to want to respond to my e-mails about this,
and I guess they just think that everyone should go and get the latest
perl now (despite the fact that a perfectly good and working version
of perl is on my system already).

I'm just about to dump perl completely as a programming language because
of this and other issues with CPAN.  Does anyone have any way of getting
around these dependency issues, or at least telling CPAN to ignore them?
The help within the CPAN module is, at best, limited.

Del