Installing a perl module the “old-fashioned way” (manually)
Today I installed a couple of Linux gMail notifiers which I read about on TechCityInc. I installed two of the applications, however I prefer CheckGmail. I found that the other application I considered, GmailNotifier, did not look very good in my Ubuntu distro running inside a Sun VirtualBox (xVM) at 1024×768.
When I went to run CheckGmail, I received some errors indicating that I was missing a number of required Perl modules. I attempted to download and install the required ones via Synaptic, but I didn’t have much luck with Gtk2::Sexy, Crypt::Blowfish, or Crypt::Simple. Next I went to CPAN to download the missing modules. Hint: search for the EXACT module name, including the colons. I downloaded the modules, yet I didn’t know what I was supposed to do with them. I found the answer at CosmicScripts.com. Of course the information can also be found at CPAN perl module instructions as well, which I found after the fact.
- Move the Perl module tarball into a working or staging directory.
- Unpack the tarball using tar zxvf <tarball name>
- Create the make file with the command perl Makefile.PL
- Run make test
- Run make install
Additional information about the Perl install can be found with Perl commands, which I found at NixCraft.