Life with cpanminus is different

By Abhijit Menon-Sen <ams@toroid.org>

2010-06-30

I recently learned about Tatsuhiko Miyagawa's cpanminus, a zero-configuration CPAN module installation program that itself needs nothing more than "wget -O bin/cpanminus http://cpanmin.us" to install.

Once I started using it ("cpanm Module::Name"), I realised that I had underestimated the extent to which CPAN.pm and friends had encouraged my reluctance to install CPAN modules (and deal with dependency hell). I haven't changed my mind, but using cpanminus is pleasant enough that I can afford to change some of my habits.

I also look forward to having a clean(er) conscience when recommending the installation of modules I want to use in my programs that are meant for other people to use (recent examples: AnyEvent and AnyEvent::XMPP).