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In Debian packaging (i.e. the debian/control file), is there a way to define dependencies to specific CPAN modules?

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You have to make a Debian package for each CPAN module that you need, and declare those as dependencies. The Debian Perl policy (/usr/share/doc/debian-policy/perl-policy.*) has some information on that. The tool dh-make-perl automates most of the module packaging work.

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