Perl – How to install Perl modules without root privileges


I am on a Linux machine where I have no root privileges. I want to install some packages through CPAN into my home directory so that when I run Perl, it will be able to see it.

I ran cpan, which asked for some coniguration options. It asked for some directory, which it suggested ~/perl "for non-root users". Still, when I try to install a package, it fails at the make install step, because I don't have write access to /usr/lib/perl5/whatever.

How can I configure CPAN so that I can install packages into my home directory?

Best Solution

See local::lib.

Once you have it installed, you can do:

perl -MCPAN -Mlocal::lib -e 'CPAN::install(LWP)'

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