I have Perl version version 5.10.1 installed in my CentOS6.0 machine.

I need to install TWiki and it needs some perl modules (see this URL) http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/TWiki/TWikiInstallationGuide

I tried to install File::Copy module by going to Cpan with the command,

perl -NCPAN -e shell and then install File::Copy

I got the below error message,

cpan[1]> install File::Copy CPAN: Storable loaded ok (v2.20) Reading '/root/.cpan/Metadata'

Database was generated on Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:55:04 GMT Running install for module 'File::Copy' The most recent version "2.24" of the module "File::Copy" is part of the perl-5.17.4 distribution. To install that, you need to run force install File::Copy --or--

install F/FL/FLORA/perl-5.17.4.tar.bz2

Running make test
Can't test without successful make Running make install
Make had returned bad status, install seems impossible Failed during this command:

FLORA/perl-5.17.4.tar.bz2 : make NO isa perl

Is my perl version do not have the File::Copy module?

If I need to upgrade my perl, please tell how to proceed correctly.


I got the list of perl modules installed by default using this command,

cpan -l

and I found that my File::Copy installed version (2.14) is above the required level of TWiki

So, I updated other missing modules like Config and CGI::Session using

yum install perl-Config*


cpan> install CGI::Session

I got all the required CPAN modules and then successfully installed TWiki!

Thanks @david-mackintosh for your answer.


If you have CentOS, don't mess with CPAN unless you have to. It is far safer to find a yum repository that has the perl modules you are likely to use and install them from there.

In your case, install the rpmforge repository, and then you can do this:

yum --enablerepo=rpmforge install perl-File-Copy


In my experience CPAN is far more bleeding-edge than CentOS. CPAN frequently requires libraries which are newer than are shipped with your CentOS distribution, leading to the scenario where you have multiple versions of the library installed, not all of which are compatible. For upgradability and maintainability, it is best to stay with RPM-based installs as long as possible so that the core OS will be upgradable in the future.

  • We used to joke CPAN was a game: eventually CPAN is going to decide it needs to build and install Perl from source. How many modules can you get installed before CPAN decides this? The problem with this game is you can rarely win. – David Mackintosh Sep 26 '12 at 13:53
  • I tried it but I got the following error, Loaded plugins: fastestmirror Error getting repository data for rpmforge, repository not found – Athiruban Sep 26 '12 at 13:54
  • Install the rpmforge repository first. See the link I just added. – David Mackintosh Sep 26 '12 at 13:55
  • From your original post: install F/FL/FLORA/perl-5.17.4.tar.bz2 means CPAN is trying to install perl from source. See? – David Mackintosh Sep 26 '12 at 13:57
  • Sorry, I dont know how to install rpmforge repository through command line – Athiruban Sep 26 '12 at 13:59

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