On Sep 11, 2009, at 5:33 PM, Mine wrote:
I don't fully understand what Perl does but if Perl comes installed with OSX it appears that I also have an install of Perl via MacPorts. I assume that
get_iplayer is looking at the preinstalled Perl but I am not sure.

Perl is a programming language, and it appears that get_iplayer is written in it.

The perl that comes installed with OS X is located at /usr/bin/perl. If you've also installed perl from some other source (like MacPorts) then you might have another perl at some other location.

I've taken a look at the iplayer source (available through http:// linuxcentre.net/getiplayer/) and it's definitely using the Perl that comes with OS X at /usr/bin/perl/

Although I am no expert, I have used the Terminal to install binaries before
so i will give it a go.

It's fairly simple.  Type

  sudo perl -MCPAN -e shell

At a Terminal prompt and enter in your password when prompted. You'll be asked to configure CPAN the first time you run it; just take the defaults and you'll be fine. Then, once you get a "cpan[1] >" command prompt, type the following:

  cpan[1]> install LWP

and hit enter. It will automatically figure out what prerequisites you need and download all the packages. Again, I generally take the defaults and everything works well.


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