Paul Schmehl pauls at
Mon Dec 10 10:03:47 PST 2007

--On Monday, December 10, 2007 12:32:13 -0500 Jay Aikat 
<jaikat at> wrote:

> Hi,	
> 	When I run a perl script that uses math:random, I get the following:
> Can't locate Math/ in @INC (@INC contains:
> /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.8.8/BSDPAN
> /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.8/mach
> /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.8.8 /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl
> /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.8.8/mach /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.8.8 .) at
> line 46.
> BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at line 46.
> This machine is a 4.10-RELEASE, with perl, version 5.005_03.  But I am
> getting this on several machines running different versions of FreeBSD
> with different perl versions as well.
> How do I fix this?  Searched online a lot, but no resolution.  Thanks
> much for any help on fixing this,

You need to install the appropriate perl module - in this case Math::Random.

FreeBSD ports contain many of the perl modules.  Most are in the format 
p5-Foo-Bar.  To find them, go to /usr/ports and type "make search 
key=Math-Random" (for example.)

pauls at utd59514# ls /usr/ports/math/p5-Math-Random
p5-Math-Random/         p5-Math-Random-MT/      p5-Math-Random-MT-Auto/ 
p5-Math-Random-OO/      p5-Math-RandomOrg/

So, cd to /usr/ports/math/p5-Math-Random, make install clean and your 
problem will be solved.

Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas

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