I mean like if I wanted to ask 'how do I install a module with cpanp' would that be ok? obviously questions about how do I write a cpan module are offtopic and better relegated to SO.

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    It seems like we've done something wrong if two of the first three meta questions are on clarifying what's on-topic here; in theory we should've figured that out during definition – Michael Mrozek Aug 10 '10 at 21:50
  • @Michael: It would be nice. However, the discussion features aren't all that good, and the primary focus is on getting twenty people to agree that five questions are on-topic and five are off. – David Thornley Aug 11 '10 at 12:12

There is bound to be overlap here, but the implications of using CPAN on your nix system seem like something worth discussing here.

  • Presumably, if the user is on a Windows system and has a CPAN problem, he wouldn't think to ask it on a "Unix & Linux" site. He might, however, find the answer he needs here via Google, which does fit into the idea of being a quality Q&A site. If the user says they're on Windows, then cote to close, otherwise CPAN questions seem like a good choice. – Chindraba Mar 22 '17 at 0:51

I think this might be something for (say) stackoverflow. CPAN and Perl are not *nix specific.

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    I don't think it's relevant to SO as it's not a programming question... it's closer to system administration because it's package management. – xenoterracide Aug 11 '10 at 3:45
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    Also in a pre strawberry perl world, your standard cpan clients didn't work on windows perls. Active perl uses it's own thing. Making questions about the cpan client fairly *nix specific – xenoterracide Aug 11 '10 at 3:47
  • I don't know why you don't think it's not a programming question. Perl is a programming language, installing packages to use in a language is a programming problem, and programming languages and their packages/libraries are tools used by programmers. That fits 3 of the 4 things that Stack Overflow covers. – Thomas Owens Aug 20 '10 at 20:00
  • @Thomas "installing packages to use in a language is a programming problem" -- no, it's not. There's no programming involved, and installing stuff doesn't mean you're a programmer. Entire applications are distributed via CPAN. – hobbs Aug 25 '10 at 10:36

If you're installing onto a Unix system I think it's on topic just like a question about "ls" is on topic.

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