common setup tasks

  1. local access (if a local VM)
  2. ssh public key authorization setup
  3. perl core packages setup

ensuring access to your local machine

In either virtualbox or VMplayer or VMfusion this can be achieved by adding a new adapter to the VM. It’s easiest if you do this before you install the OS since it will be automatically setup for you. You can do it afterwards and then setup the adapter with sudo ifconfig eth1, assuming you already were using eth0 for internet access before. Here is a brief guide with more details.

getting ssh working

Get your public key placed on the server.

ssh b@B mkdir -p .ssh
cat ~/.ssh/ | ssh b@B 'cat >> .ssh/authorized_keys'

OpenSSH likes permissions a certain way (i.e., less open) change them on your directories

chmod go-w ~/
chmod 700 ~/.ssh
chmod 600 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

Ensure that /etc/ssh/sshd_config contains:

PubkeyAuthentication yes
RSAAuthentication yes

After making any edits to /etc/ssh/sshd_config re-start sshd with:

sudo systemctl restart sshd

Now, you should be able to login with ssh. If not turn on verbose output i.e., -v or -vv. Here is a good guide for debain-based ubuntu.

setup Perl on a new VM with Centos

sudo yum install perl-ExtUtils-*

clone cpanminus

git clone

run cpanm and install local::lib

export LOC_SYS=${HOME}/local_sys
git clone
cd cpanminus
./cpanm --local-lib=~${LOC_SYS}/perl5 local::lib && \
eval $(perl -I ${LOC_SYS}/perl5/lib/perl5/ -Mlocal::lib=${LOC_SYS}/perl5)
# now install cpanminus to the LOC_SYS folder
./cpanm App::cpanminus

add this to .bashrc for perl local::lib

eval $(perl -I${LOC_SYS}/perl5/lib/perl5 -Mlocal::lib=${LOC_SYS}/perl5)