Configuring CPAN on Harvard Odyssey cluster

I have always found Perl to be a pain to manage on computers, but gradually I have improved at figuring out how to wrangle it to get what I want.

Today I was getting the error Can't locate Bio/ in @INC when I was trying to run a script I downloaded somewhere. I tried installing BioPerl previously and it seemed to install properly. I did this using the CPAN package manager built into Perl, but apparently my installation was not being found.

I was able to overcome this using a combination of the guidance from Harvard Research Computing - found here - and some nice advice on how to properly configure the CPAN installation directories found here.

I basically following the directions in the 2nd source, but used the install directory provided by Harvard RC.

So my .bashrc file has the following lines:

if [ -z "$PERL5LIB" ]
	# If PERL5LIB wasn't previously defined, set it...
	# ...otherwise, extend it.



And when I configured CPAN again from scratch, I used the following commands at each cpan> prompt.

o conf makepl_arg "LIB=~/apps/perl/lib INSTALLSITEMAN1DIR=~/apps/perl/man/man1 INSTALLSITEMAN3DIR=~/apps/perl/man/man3"
o conf make_install_arg UNINST=0
o conf commit

Then I was able to properly install BioPerl’s SeqIO module (cpan Bio::SeqIO), though with some difficulty. A dependency or two was required that was easy to install using cpan (as above). However, one dependency kept giving me trouble. I kept getting an error when trying to install XML::DOM::XPath that led the entire installation of the dependency, and thus SeqIO, to fail.

t/test_non_ascii.t .................... The encoding pragma is no longer supported at t/test_non_ascii.t line 10.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at t/test_non_ascii.t line 10.
# Looks like your test exited with 2 before it could output anything.
t/test_non_ascii.t .................... Dubious, test returned 2 (wstat 512, 0x200)
Failed 10/10 subtests

In looking around, I discovered that it is because the line 10 of the installation file t/test_non_ascii.t should be use utf8; instead of use encoding 'utf8'; due to updates in Perl (hard to believe this error is persisting). Following the directions here, I found the path for my t/test_non_ascii.t file to be ~/.cpan/build/XML-DOM-XPath-0.14-0/t/test_non_ascii.t. I modified line 10 as above and installed this module manually using the command cpanm -force ~/.cpan/build/XML-DOM-XPath-0.14-0. After doing this, I was then able to install Bio::SeqIO without issue! And the script I was trying to run is now working successfully! What a pain in the ass!