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Thursday June 03, 2010
10:33 AM

File::HomeDir 0.91 data directory changes

[ #40378 ]

After performing a routine upgrade of my CPAN modules on my $work machine, I noticed that I was prompted to configure CPAN for the first time after I attempted to load the CPAN shell again.

Obviously I had already done all of that so I had to figure out what had changed. I remembered having installed only a couple new modules, including File::HomeDir.

Browsing its Changes file shows:

Moving the FreeDesktop driver to prod

My operating system is Ubuntu 10.04, which apparently means that File::HomeDir will use these new FreeDesktop rules. The big change is that the default data dir is no longer your home directory, but ~/.local/share/

The simple fix was to move my .cpan dir to ~/.local/share/. From then on, everything worked as per usual. This will also affect any other apps that use File::HomeDir to locate your data dir, including Padre.

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