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A utility to produce RPM packages from CPAN modules
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- cpan2rpm - This script generates an RPM package from a Perl module. It uses the standard RPM file structure and creates a spec file, a source RPM, and a binary, leaving these in their respective directories. The script can operate on local files, urls and CPAN module names. Install this package if you want to create RPMs out of Perl modules. - INSTALLATION - cpan2rpm is distributed in RPM format. To install: download the file and issue the following command: rpm -Uvh cpan2rpm-x.xx-x.noarch.rpm Alternatively you can supply rpm with a url, like this: rpm -Uvh http://somelocation/cpan2rpm*.rpm If a package for your platform is not available, download the .src RPM and rebuild. You can also simply download the tarball and rebuild it like this: rpmbuild -ta cpan2rpm-*.tar.gz after which the resulting package will be located in /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/<your-platform-here> - NOTES & FIXES - 1) cpan2rpm can fetch tarballs from URLs. To do this it needs either LWP installed, or the HTTP::Lite module. If neither of these is available, the system will try various external programs e.g. lynx, ncftp, etc. You can get an RPM of HTTP::Lite from our web site (the source RPM is also available) but should the package not be available for your platform you can also bootstrap it like this (thanks to Jim Radford for this suggestion): ./cpan2rpm HTTP::Lite rpm -Uvh .../HTTP-Lite-<version-release.arch>.rpm ./cpan2rpm cpan2rpm-1.49.tar.gz rpm -Uvh .../cpan2rpm-1.49-1.noarch.rpm 2) To fix a problem with the rpm-build dependency generator, we've included the file perl.req.patch which may need be applied as root. For further information please see the docs for the --req-scan-all switch. The patch may be applied as follows: sudo patch -p0 < perl.req.patch 3) For dependencies to work the RH requirements script must be executable (at the time of this writing rpm-build ships without this script in the correct mode). You can do this with: sudo chmod +x /usr/lib/rpm/perl.req 4) You may also encounter build problems if you are using a version of ExtUtils::MakeMaker between 5.91 and 6.05. Much effort has gone into trying to make cpan2rpm work with differing versions of this module and the best solution is simply to upgrade. Note: If you are running an earlier version of MakeMaker, you should not be required to upgrade. To upgrade, execute the following line: ./cpan2rpm --shadow-pure --install ExtUtils::MakeMaker 5) cpan2rpm does not support passive mode when using ftp to retrieve tarballs, however, the wget utility may be configured to use passive mode by including the line below in ~/.wgetrc: passive_ftp = on Note that whilst cpan2rpm will firts try other means of retrieval, if these fail (and they will when beind firewalls) wget will eventually get run, assuming it is installed on your system. 6) If you are building on Redhat 9.0 and are experiencing weird problems with corrupt makefiles, please be aware there is a bug with the perl package shipped with that distribution. The short answer is: do not set your LANG environment variable to UTF, the problem has something to do with UTF translations. Do something like this: # export LANG=en_US For more information see: http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=87682 - DOCUMENTATION - For full documentation see the accompanying man page or refer to http://perl.arix.com/cpan2rpm/ - SUPPORT - For help and thank you notes, e-mail email@example.com. To review known issues, report a new bug, submit a patch, or add to the wishlist, please visit: http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/Bugs.html?Dist=cpan2rpm $Id: README,v 2.11 2004-03-12 22:21:31 ekkis Exp $