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I can't seem to get CPAN installs working on a Solaris machine. Here is my current output.

~# perl -MCPAN -eshell
Terminal does not support AddHistory.

cpan shell -- CPAN exploration and modules installation (v1.7601)
ReadLine support available (try 'install Bundle::CPAN')

cpan> install Bundle::LWP                 
CPAN: Storable loaded ok
LWP not available
CPAN: Net::FTP loaded ok
Fetching with Net::FTP:
Couldn't fetch 01mailrc.txt.gz from

This output is repeated for every mirror. Any ideas why this doesn't work?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

There's a few possibilities of what it could be, but the most typical issue is that you're behind a firewall that requires you to use passive FTP. You can either look for an HTTP mirror, or try setting the environmental variable FTP_PASSIVE to a true value before running cpan.

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export FTP_PASSIVE=1 – cmcginty Aug 13 '09 at 5:05
Yes, this was it. I ended up figuring this out before I saw your post. Hope this helps someone else. – cmcginty Aug 13 '09 at 5:05

As root

/usr/perl5/5.8.4/bin/perlgcc -MCPAN -e shell

seems to have done the trick for me. I am on solaris 10 update 6 on sparc.

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