FAQ 8.45 How do I install a module from CPAN?

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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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