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CPAN Perl modules installer not finding tar file

September 9, 2016 483 views
Perl Ubuntu

droplet with 512MB RAM running Ubuntu
It seems I have a configuration problem when installing Perl modules through CPAN and I don't know how to correct it:

~$ cpan
Terminal does not support AddHistory.

cpan shell -- CPAN exploration and modules installation (v2.00)
Enter 'h' for help.

cpan[1]> install File::Copy::Recursive
Reading '/home/....../.cpan/Metadata'
Database was generated on Thu, 08 Sep 2016 23:17:02 GMT
Running install for module 'File::Copy::Recursive'
Running make for D/DM/DMUEY/File-Copy-Recursive-0.38.tar.gz
Fetching with HTTP::Tiny:
http://cpan.mirrors.ionfish.org/authors/id/D/DM/DMUEY/File-Copy-Recursive-0.38.tar.gz
Fetching with HTTP::Tiny:
http://cpan.mirrors.ionfish.org/authors/id/D/DM/DMUEY/CHECKSUMS
Checksum for /home/...../.cpan/sources/authors/id/D/DM/DMUEY/File-Copy-Recursive-0.38.tar.gz ok
Scanning cache /home/....../.cpan/build for sizes
............................................................................DONE

CPAN.pm: Building D/DM/DMUEY/File-Copy-Recursive-0.38.tar.gz

Checking if your kit is complete...
Looks good
Writing Makefile for File::Copy::Recursive
Writing MYMETA.yml and MYMETA.json
Can't exec "make": No such file or directory at /usr/share/perl/5.18/CPAN/Distribution.pm line 2084.
DMUEY/File-Copy-Recursive-0.38.tar.gz
make -- NOT OK
'YAML' not installed, will not store persistent state
Running make test
Can't test without successful make
Running make install
Make had returned bad status, install seems impossible
Failed during this command:
DMUEY/File-Copy-Recursive-0.38.tar.gz : make NO

2 Answers

CPAN provides some tooling but may require other packages be present on your system in order to do it's work. If you haven't already I would recommend doing apt-get install build-essential to install some common packages required for building software.

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