John Ralls jralls at
Fri Mar 2 11:52:38 EST 2012

On Mar 2, 2012, at 8:30 AM, Derek Atkins wrote:

> 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
> package?

The last CPAN uploader was Eric Colson,

Dave Hampton is listed as one of the project admins on Sourceforge; he might have contacts to Colson or Fenwick.

John Ralls

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