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Option for MetaCPAN in cpan links

by Ralesk (Pilgrim)
on Jun 29, 2013 at 00:50 UTC ( #1041377=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Fellow Monks,

As times change, so do services, and CPAN is not an exception to that. In the recent years, a site called MetaCPAN has cropped up and it provides a more modern look & feel, easier-to-remember URLs, and an all in all nicer user experience than the classic CPAN site. It supposedly also has a nice API, but I havenít dug into that so far.

Itís a complete mirror and contains everything that the classic CPAN does. Here are some example pages:

Additional niceties include an easy switch between CPAN and BackPan versions anywhere, source code highlighting, easy links to Changes and the release browser, and more

So, having said all that ó Iíd like to have an option in the display settings for the cpan:// links to go to MetaCPAN instead of the classic site, if thatís possible.

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Re: Option for MetaCPAN in cpan links
by davido (Archbishop) on Jun 29, 2013 at 01:09 UTC

      Oh, indeed ó I hadnít bumped into those codes. But even so, thereís already an option in Display Settings where one can (sort of) change the behaviour of the [cpan://...] command, only for oneís own viewing pleasure. So I wonder if itís possible to make them all behave like [meta{mod,cpan}://...] commands, or feasible at all. Besides hacking around with LanXís script that is :)

      Might be just me, but I really dislike the old CPAN now that thereís a nicer one ó and I bet there are some oldskool people out there who would get uneasy about people linking to MetaCPAN. So thatís why Iím thinking it might serve a good purpose as a display setting.

        > Besides hacking around with LanXís script that is :)

        Well... my hack is already productive! =)

        I'm afraid that not many alternatives for such personal wishes will be offered.

        Cheers Rolf

        ( addicted to the Perl Programming Language)


        I'll test till Monday and publish then...

Re: Option for MetaCPAN in cpan links
by LanX (Canon) on Jun 29, 2013 at 00:54 UTC
Re: Option for MetaCPAN in cpan links
by moritz (Cardinal) on Jun 29, 2013 at 08:54 UTC

    I applaud the metacpan effort, and often find it more usable than the classic, it is often slower, and it feels like it has more downtime. Once that's fixed, I'd support the move to make [mod://] links etc. point to metacpan instead.

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