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Chris Dolan
November 21, 2005 09:29
Re: When CPAN shell cannot find a module
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On Nov 21, 2005, at 10:51 AM, Christopher Hicks wrote:

> On Sun, 20 Nov 2005, Andreas J. Koenig wrote:
>> I don't think many people would appreciate getting something  
>> installed they didn't explicitly ask for.
> Hmmm.  I can have extra pain every time I'm installing something to  
> avoid occassionally getting something I don't want or I can have  
> pain every thousandth time I install something because oopsie I got  
> something extra. It doesn't seem like a hard choice to me.  Let's  
> just say your many people aren't the same folks as my any people.  ;-)
> The lack of distname support due to anal retentive accident  
> avoidance in CPAN is utterly odd considering the culture of DWIMery  
> that is so much a part of Perl.  I'm not surprised that one person  
> would think this was good, but the whole Perl community acquiescing  
> to it is quite a shock.


If CPAN made it easy to install unintended software by mistake, that  
would be a huge security hole.  Some people run cpan as root.   
Defensive programming is absolutely the right thing here.

Chris Dolan, Software Developer, Clotho Advanced Media Inc.
608-294-7900, fax 294-7025, 1435 E Main St, Madison WI 53703

Clotho Advanced Media, Inc. - Creators of MediaLandscape Software  
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