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Re: CPAN Alternatives

by AndyZaft (Hermit)
on Oct 07, 2010 at 16:33 UTC ( [id://864036] : note . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to CPAN Alternatives

If it is DNS connection problems, you can always try something along the lines of forcing /etc/hosts to be the first step and add cpan as a record in there. Other things that pop to mind are tunneling connections, perhaps use of outside public dns servers (these usually get blocked by firewalls fast with an apt sysadmin), downloading manually the pakcages then install locally...

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Re^2: CPAN Alternatives
by raybies (Chaplain) on Oct 07, 2010 at 19:05 UTC
    Because of the sensitive nature of my job, any attempts to get around failures in the network will probably result in job termination. So yeah, not gonna attempt that, cuz even if a non-adept admin lets it go for a while, eventually someone does and then they freak and blow things out of purportion, etc, etc, etc. I think I'm gonna look into the feasibility of minicpan... it just seems like a hassle, but then, my employers would say that's a good thing.

      If it's really just a DNS problem, use the ip address ( rather than the domain name directly in your browser.

      Right, that's understandable. Although if the sysadmin staff is pathetically sad and they come to you for how to do this or that (I'm sure it happened to many of us before) you always have the option to help them out and figure it out why it fails. Now this is not a slight towards your place of work, but what gets me is that they do all kind of security measures that are more or less effective against script kiddies, yet they have no problems with me bringing in a 8G thumb drive and just putting on whatever I want on any machine.