When strace isn’t enough Part 1

An important tool in any linux admin’s toolkit is the venerable strace command. It enables us to get insight into what a program is actually doing. As awesome as strace can be, it doesn’t tell us everything. This series of articles will get you familiar with some of the other commands and approaches to gain insight into program execution.

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Net::SSH::Perl, Perlbrew and You

For all of the admins who threw their computer out the window and swore they would never use CPAN again when they tried to install Net::SSH::Perl, try the following two things:
1. Install the GMP library(not the perl one) apt-get install libgmp-dev
2. Use cpanm instead of cpan. i.e. cpanm Net::SSH::Perl

This should solve the following error:
GMP.xs:4:17: error: gmp.h: No such file or directory

Also, while I am talking about it, check out perlbrew. It allows you to easily set up self contained instances of perl for multiple versions and switch between them. The possible uses for this are nearly endless, but I find that it increases my “sense of adventure” when messing with perl modules and my environment since I am not affecting the system perl.