[Catalyst] Re: Debian recommendation

Paul Makepeace paulm at paulm.com
Sat Oct 17 02:33:00 GMT 2009

On Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 7:01 PM, Daniel Pittman <daniel at rimspace.net> wrote:
> Octavian Râşniţă <orasnita at gmail.com> writes:
> G'day Octavian.
> > I've seen a recommendation on this list for Debian for running perl apps,
> > and recently I started to use this distro.  I've seen that I can install
> > perl modules very hard under Debian if I use the CPAN shell.
> If you forgive me descending into opinion, I think you are approaching this
> from a point of view that will make Debian, more or less, unhelpful to you.
> Installing Debian, then putting everything else in place from CPAN (at least
> system-wide) is going to cause problems in the longer term.

> There are a bunch of ways to do that, including dh-make-perl, dh-make,
> CPANPLUS::Dist::Deb, and hand-packaging[1].  Then, shove those hand-made
> packages into your own private Debian package repository, and it integrates
> nicely into the tools and everything.

I recently have completely tossed using Debian's perl packages
because, while I do love Debian and all its package awesomeness, there
simply wasn't the package lib*-perl support in stable/lenny and even
testing/squeeze didn't have all the goods needed for a (what I think
is) fairly regular Catalyst install.

So my question then is: given you've presumably done this, which of
your quoted solutions do you like best? I tried dh-make-perl many
moons ago and gave up due to annoyances around following dependencies.
Maybe CPP::Dist::Deb or something else solves that.

I'm hoping local::lib + cpan + git solves this but curious how
Debian-integrated solutions work too.


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