Don't seem to be able to use CPAN after recent Cygwin updates (maybe)

Igor Pechtchanski pechtcha@cs.nyu.edu
Thu Sep 25 12:52:00 GMT 2003


On Thu, 25 Sep 2003 Wardman_Michael@emc.com wrote:

> Hello all
>
> I used to be able to use CPAN (only a week or so ago) but now it seems to
> time out. I thought it might be a network / firewall type thing but I can
> use ncftp ok. See below ...
>
> $ cpan Perl::Tokenizer
> CPAN: Storable loaded ok
> Going to read /home/wardmm/.cpan/Metadata
>   Database was generated on Tue, 23 Sep 2003 00:45:53 GMT
> Going to read /home/wardmm/.cpan/sources/authors/01mailrc.txt.gz
> CPAN: Compress::Zlib loaded ok
> CPAN: LWP::UserAgent loaded ok
> Fetching with LWP:
>   ftp://ftp.planetmirror.com/pub/perl/CPAN/modules/02packages.details.txt.gz
> LWP failed with code[400] message[FTP return code 000]
> Fetching with Net::FTP:
>   ftp://ftp.planetmirror.com/pub/perl/CPAN/modules/02packages.details.txt.gz
> Couldn't fetch 02packages.details.txt.gz from ftp.planetmirror.com
> Fetching with LWP:
>   ftp://cpan.nas.nasa.gov/pub/perl/CPAN/modules/02packages.details.txt.gz
> LWP failed with code[400] message[FTP return code 000]
> Fetching with Net::FTP:
>   ftp://cpan.nas.nasa.gov/pub/perl/CPAN/modules/02packages.details.txt.gz
> Couldn't fetch 02packages.details.txt.gz from cpan.nas.nasa.gov
> Fetching with LWP:
>   ftp://cpan.llarian.net/pub/CPAN/modules/02packages.details.txt.gz
>
> (and so on --- had to can it)
>
> (but i can get the file ok ... ?? )
>
> $ ncftpget
> ftp://ftp.planetmirror.com/pub/perl/CPAN/modules/02packages.details.txt.gz
> Who are you?
> You have a user id number of 4012, but no username associated with it.

I don't know if this is the source of your CPAN problems, but doesn't this
look significant in itself?  This shows that your /etc/passwd and
/etc/group are not up to date.

> 02packages.details.txt.gz:                             237.34 kB    3.11 kB/s
>
> Does anyone have an idea what is going on here? Or what I could try?
> I'm a long-term cygwin user but I don't really know what's going on
> underneath.
>
> Thanks
> ~ Wardy

You can rebuild your /etc/passwd and /etc/group by running

  for f in passwd group; do mv /etc/$f{,-bak} && mk$f -lc > /etc/$f; done

Hope this helps,
	Igor
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