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December 30, 2005, 10:15 pm
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I'm trying to use the CPAN shell to do installation of some modules on
a web hosting account. It is not, however, going quite as smoothly as I
hoped. The process goes something like this:
cpan shell -- CPAN exploration and modules installation (v1.7601)
ReadLine support available (try 'install Bundle::CPAN')
cpan> install AI::Prolog
CPAN: Storable loaded ok
Going to read /home3/weston/.cpan/Metadata
Going to read /home3/weston/.cpan/sources/authors/01mailrc.txt.gz
CPAN: Compress::Zlib loaded ok
Going to read
Database was generated on Fri, 30 Dec 2005 16:08:44 GMT
CPAN: HTTP::Date loaded ok
There's a new CPAN.pm version (v1.80) available!
[Current version is v1.7601]
You might want to try
without quitting the current session. It should be a seamless
while we are running...
Going to read /home3/weston/.cpan/sources/modules/03modlist.data.gz
Out of memory!
Terminal does not support GetHistory.
Callback called exit.
and then I'm dumped back into bash.
I've checked the file 03modlist.data.gz ... even unzipped, it's under
400k. I can't imagine it eats up enough memory to cause trouble.
02packages.details.txt.gz is a bit bigger unzipped ... 2.7 MB...
01mailrc.txt is under 300 K ... is it really possible that (a) the CPAN
shell is trying to slurp all of this into memory simultaneously and (b)
it's getting slapped by some 3 MB limitation on memory?
Any other suggestions on what's going on here that come to mind?