I'm using perl v5.8.7 built for cygwin-thread-multi-64int
The initial problem was that Cygwin had made my home directory be under "Documents and Settings". The accursed spaces in the directory name made CPAN fail.
I changed HOMEPATH to /home/goetzp .
Now I am getting a much wider variety of errors from CPAN, but it still isn't installing most things correctly. It did install HTML::Template . However, it doesn't find Makefile.PL files even when they exist, and gives messages like this:
Package seems to come without Makefile.PL.
(The test -f "/home/goetzp/.cpan/build/DSKOLL003/Makefile.PL" returned false.)
Writing one on our own (setting NAME to MIMEParser)
cpan> o conf
CPAN::Config options from /usr/lib/perl5/5.8/CPAN/Config.pm:
commit Commit changes to disk
defaults Reload defaults from disk
init Interactive setting of all options