Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Fri Mar 2 11:30:17 EST 2012

Mike Alexander <mta at> writes:

> Sure, I can maintain F::Q, but I don't have a Windows machine so I
> can't do much with packaging it for Windows.  I also can't put the new
> version up on CPAN, of course, which means that the installer script
> for MacOSX and other Unix variants will have to be changed.  If we
> install it ourselves where do we put it?  I suspect that adding
> packages to CPAN's directories behind its back isn't consider entirely
> kosher.  I see that the Windows install script uses ppm to install it
> which would have to be changed too.  I'm not really up on Perl all
> that much, how hard is it to install private packages into an
> arbitrary Perl installation?
> Rewriting it would be non-trivial.  The whole package is about 11,000
> lines of Perl code (including comments).  This includes modules for
> nearly 50 quote sources, some of which could probably be skipped, but
> it's still a fair amount of code.  I also don't think you could
> entirely avoid screen scraping.  Many of the quote sources don't
> provide a way to get the data otherwise.  They probably don't
> encourage that since they want you to see their ads.
> I agree that the current situation is not really tenable, but forking
> it isn't quite as easy as it seems at first glance.  I don't know what
> the right answer is.

Is there any way someone can take over the maint of the official CPAN

>         Mike

       Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
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