How to install Perl modules on FreeBSD
This tutorial is intended for users that want to maintain Perl modules on a FreeBSD Unix system.
FreeBSD has its own binary package system. It allows for easy installation and management of system software. With this package system you can also manage the installation of Perl modules.
Search For Module
First you'll want to search the package system to see if the Perl module you want to install exists. Note that not all modules have binary packages. If there is no package for your module in the repository than you will need to use another method of installation such as CPAN or CPANM.
To search the package repository for your module type the following:
[steve@blackbox] pkg search event-cron p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1
The search results gives us the full name of the package in the repository, which matched "p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1 using our search of "event-cron". Knowing the full name of a package is important, particularly if there are multiple versions of a package.
For instance, if we wanted to install perl5 we would be given the following search results by search for "perl5":
[steve@blackbox] pkg search perl5 perl5-5.20.3_8 Practical Extraction and Report Language perl5-devel-18.104.22.168 Practical Extraction and Report Language perl5.18-5.18.4_17 Practical Extraction and Report Language perl5.22-5.22.1_4 Practical Extraction and Report Language
Now that we have all the different package names for each version, we can tell the system the exact package to install. If we wanted to install perl5.20 for example, we would enter this command to install that specific version of perl5:
[steve@blackbox] sudo pkg install perl5-5.20.3_8
Going back to our original example, since the package for our module exists (p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1) and we now have its full name, let's install it. You will want to run this using sudo so the install process can write the package files using root permissions:
[steve@blackbox] sudo pkg install p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1 Updating FreeBSD repository catalogue... Fetching meta.txz: 100% 944 B 0.9kB/s 00:01 Fetching packagesite.txz: 100% 5 MiB 1.4MB/s 00:04 Processing entries: 100% FreeBSD repository update completed. 24579 packages processed. The following 4 package(s) will be affected (of 0 checked): New packages to be INSTALLED: p5-DateTime-Event-Cron: 0.08_1 p5-Set-Crontab: 1.03_1 p5-DateTime-Set: 0.34_1 p5-Set-Infinite: 0.65_1 The process will require 296 KiB more space. 100 KiB to be downloaded. Proceed with this action? [y/N]: y Fetching p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1.txz: 100% 11 KiB 11.1kB/s 00:01 Fetching p5-Set-Crontab-1.03_1.txz: 100% 5 KiB 4.9kB/s 00:01 Fetching p5-DateTime-Set-0.34_1.txz: 100% 46 KiB 47.6kB/s 00:01 Fetching p5-Set-Infinite-0.65_1.txz: 100% 38 KiB 39.2kB/s 00:01 Checking integrity... done (0 conflicting) [1/4] Installing p5-Set-Infinite-0.65_1... [1/4] Extracting p5-Set-Infinite-0.65_1: 100% [2/4] Installing p5-Set-Crontab-1.03_1... [2/4] Extracting p5-Set-Crontab-1.03_1: 100% [3/4] Installing p5-DateTime-Set-0.34_1... [3/4] Extracting p5-DateTime-Set-0.34_1: 100% [4/4] Installing p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1... [4/4] Extracting p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1: 100%
The first thing this process does is update the FreeBSD repository catalogue, in case there have been any changes since its last update. Next, it provides information about all the packages it intends to install. As you can see, any dependencies that the module requires will also be installed automatically. Finally, it confirms that you want to proceed with the installation.
Once the installation is done there are additional commands available to help manage the installed module package.
View Module Details
To view information about your installed module type the following:
[steve@blackbox] pkg info p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1 p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1 Name : p5-DateTime-Event-Cron Version : 0.08_1 Installed on : Thu Sep 24 11:34:30 2015 EDT Origin : devel/p5-DateTime-Event-Cron Architecture : freebsd:10:x86:64 Prefix : /usr/local Categories : devel perl5 Licenses : Maintainer : perl@FreeBSD.org WWW : http://datetime.perl.org/ Comment : DateTime extension for generating recurrence sets from crontab Annotations : repo_type : binary repository : FreeBSD Flat size : 27.4KiB Description : DateTime::Event::Cron generated DateTime events or DateTime::Set objects based on crontab-style entries. WWW: http://datetime.perl.org/
View Module File Locations
To view the locations of all of the files installed for the module package type:
[steve@blackbox] pkg info -l p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1 p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1: /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/DateTime/Event/Cron.pm /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/mach/5.20/auto/DateTime/Event/Cron/.packlist /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/man/man3/DateTime::Event::Cron.3.gz
To apply updates to your installed module simply type the following:
[steve@blackbox] sudo pkg update p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1 Updating FreeBSD repository catalogue... FreeBSD repository is up-to-date. All repositories are up-to-date. Checking integrity... done (0 conflicting) Your packages are up to date. In this case, there are no updates to be applied.
To delete the module package altogether type the following (remember again to use sudo):
[steve@blackbox] sudo pkg delete p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1 Checking integrity... done (0 conflicting) Deinstallation has been requested for the following 1 packages (of 0 packages in the universe): Installed packages to be REMOVED: p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1 The operation will free 27 KiB. Proceed with deinstalling packages? [y/N]: y [1/1] Deinstalling p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1... [1/1] Deleting files for p5-DateTime-Event-Cron-0.08_1: 100% The package has been removed from the system.
There you have it. A simply and effective way to manage your Perl modules on a FreeBSD system using binary packages.