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Ubuntu 10.10 comes with Perl 5.10.1 pre-installed, but strangely enough perldoc isn't part of the package.

$ perldoc
You need to install the perl-doc package to use this program.

How can I make this feature available?

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I feel a bit stupid saying it, but did you try installing perl-doc?

# apt-get install perl-doc
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    You will need to execute that command as root. In Ubuntu this is usually done using sudo before the command. – Steven D Oct 12 '10 at 18:29
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    @Steven I never include sudo, it's not technically part of the command, but yes, like all package installs it needs to be run as root – Michael Mrozek Oct 12 '10 at 18:31
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    Users normally use the software center or a package manager gui for installing packages – txwikinger Oct 12 '10 at 18:46
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    @txw Well, this explains why I normally don't answer Ubuntu questions :). If you're already on the command-line and have the package name right in front of you I would expect most people to use apt-get or aptitude, but maybe that's not the case – Michael Mrozek Oct 12 '10 at 18:53
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    for n00bs like me, its not obvious whether this needs to be a cpan install or an apt-get or download a tar or a .dmg from somewhere. – Abhinav Gujjar Apr 15 '15 at 10:58
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You need to install the perl-doc package. It tells you right there in the error message.

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    You can use the software center to install any software package – txwikinger Oct 12 '10 at 18:45
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You should simply install the perl-doc package?

Use your favorite package manager, for example synaptic or sudo aptitude install perl-doc

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