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Taking over broken subroutines??

by astaines (Curate)
on Aug 15, 2006 at 18:54 UTC ( #567538=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Upgrade-proofing overridden subroutines
in thread Upgrade-proofing overridden subroutines

There is an important issue which goes beyond Ovid's elegant solution. There should be a way to take over deceased modules. Text::CSV comes to mind. Is there any group who would be willing to arbitrate here? -- I would propose that a module could only be taken if the original developer does not reply for a certain period, say three months or six months. Is this a runner or are there insuperable copyright issues?

-- Anthony Staines


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Re: Taking over broken subroutines??
by adamk (Chaplain) on Aug 16, 2006 at 14:13 UTC
    The modules@perl.org team (mainly Brian Foy, Andreas and myself) have been handling this for years.

    Module takeover is handled on a case by case basis, with the general standard being "A number of contact methods tried a number of times over a number of weeks".

    You'll then be given co-maintainership.

    If the original author returns, they retain control.

    Often, they'll just hand you primary if you show an interest.

    But this is a solved problem.

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