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8.45: How do I install a module from CPAN?

The easiest way is to have a module also named CPAN do it for you. This
module comes with perl version 5.004 and later.

$ perl -MCPAN -e shell

cpan shell -- CPAN exploration and modules installation (v1.59_54)
ReadLine support enabled

cpan> install Some::Module

To manually install the CPAN module, or any well-behaved CPAN module for
that matter, follow these steps:

1 Unpack the source into a temporary area.

perl Makefile.PL


make test

make install

If your version of perl is compiled without dynamic loading, then you
just need to replace step 3 (make) with make perl and you will get a new
perl binary with your extension linked in.

See ExtUtils::MakeMaker for more details on building extensions. See
also the next question, "What's the difference between require and


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