When I run perl -MCPAN -e shell from the command line I get "no route to host" message. [snip]
I all ready issued this command from the command line setenv FTP_PASSIVE "1"
I've had my share of difficulties with this too, in the past, and found that the immediate solution was to select appropriate nearby mirror sites rather than trying to use ftp.perl.com. There is something funky going on there with DNS and load balancing, whereas I almost always get a clean connect with my selected mirror site. However, this "immediate" solution is not really the "correct" one.
Try not to use "perl -MCPAN -e shell" for updating your perl modules. Instead, use portupgrade to install perl modules from the ports collection if at all possible. Otherwise, you will tend to make portupgrade very unhappy. I am still learning the ups and downs of using portupgrade, but it is way more ups than downs (with one of the biggest downsides being trying to get it happy if you've previously done lots of MCPAN shell updates).
Greg Barniskis <gregb_at_scls.lib.wi.us>
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