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I want to help CPAN with Config::Tiny

by pushtaev (Sexton)
on Sep 11, 2012 at 06:59 UTC ( #992936=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
pushtaev has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

There is a Perl module, Config::Tiny. There is a major patch for it.

Is it possible for me to become co-maintainer of this module, so I can apply patch and make some other improvments? I really like Config::Tiny, but I can not use it properly without above-mentioned patch.

The maintainer of this module doesn't reply to my letters or show some activity in CPAN at all.

I wrote a letter to modules@cpan.org but didn't get a reply yet.

I don't know exactly what should I do in my situatioin, so excuse me if I do something wrong :) But I believe I can be usefull for this module and CPAN.

Comment on I want to help CPAN with Config::Tiny
Re: I want to help CPAN with Config::Tiny
by Anonymous Monk on Sep 11, 2012 at 07:17 UTC

    It has only been a few months, and that author is poking code left and right, so there is nothing for modules@cpan.org to do, they can't make you co-maintainer

    I was going to suggest renaming it, but the Alt idea seems sensible

    I suggest you try different means of contacting the author directly

      According to CPAN author is alive right now, he changed something today and yesterday. But it's still not about Config::Tiny.

      And what should be more direct than writing an email? :)

      P. S. What is fisheye2.atlassian.com? Does CPAN have its own svn-repository? Until now, it looked for me like a big file server.

        But it's still not about Config::Tiny.

        Correct, and? :)

        And what should be more direct than writing an email? :)

        :) Something that gets past the spam filter? A different address maybe? Catch him in irc somewhere?

        Actually, forget about it :) rt + email seems about as thorough as you can get, now you wait :)

        P. S. What is fisheye2.atlassian.com?

        fancy svn browser ... http://search.cpan.org/~adamk/ -> http://ali.as/ -> fisheye

Re: I want to help CPAN with Config::Tiny
by tobyink (Abbot) on Sep 11, 2012 at 08:51 UTC

    There was a reply to your message several days ago. I remember seeing it because I was also attempting to obtain co-maint for a module.

    perl -E'sub Monkey::do{say$_,for@_,do{($monkey=[caller(0)]->[3])=~s{::}{ }and$monkey}}"Monkey say"->Monkey::do'
Re: I want to help CPAN with Config::Tiny
by DrHyde (Prior) on Sep 11, 2012 at 10:47 UTC
    You wrote to modules@perl.org on the 7th of September, expecting a reply within just a couple of days is silly. Adam is aware of your message.

      Oh, thanks and sorry, I was sure I would get reply to my email.

      I do really hope Adam will find time to me :)

        And he did! Case solved :)

Re: I want to help CPAN with Config::Tiny
by Anonymous Monk on Sep 11, 2012 at 12:38 UTC
    Fork it and register the Config::VeryTiny. To leave a present for maintainer who has his head stuck up his ass, change the META and POD NAME sections, and do an unauthorized release to show other monks they aren't to be downloading a dinosaur.

      There is no need to antagonize a CPAN author, especially when the CPAN author actually is responsive. A response time of four days is far away from slow, especially when the author has just moved between continents and started a new job.

      But then, maybe your advice was not posted with the idea of actually improving the state of affairs.

      Fork it and register the Config::VeryTiny

      That would be lame since he already released Alt::Config::Tiny::utf8 which lives in the Alt namespace

        It wasn't me, actually, I'm not the author of that patch.

Re: I want to help CPAN with Config::Tiny
by greengaroo (Hermit) on Sep 12, 2012 at 13:59 UTC

    Since you are on the subject, I would like to point out to this information, in case other Monks would get stuck in a situation where the original maintainer is no longer available: The Perl programming Authors Upload Server - Taking Over

    This is a summary:

    So there's a module on CPAN that has a critical bug, lacks some features, or is generally under-maintained and you would like to step in?

    It's great that you want to help out and we, the PAUSE admins, really don't want to create any unnecessary barrier to getting involved with an existing module (or distribution) on CPAN. There are, however, some precautions we have to take. The following paragraphs outline the reason for these precautions and the steps you have to take. Please read them carefully.

    The majority of modules on CPAN has active maintainers. If the maintainer didn't answer the ticket you created in the request tracker, maybe she doesn't know about the CPAN ticketing system yet? Or she's just very busy this week and will get back to you in due time. The best way of helping out is to talk to the current maintainer about what you can do. Getting the PAUSE admins involved is only a last resort! ... read the rest on The Perl programming Authors Upload Server - Taking Over

    Also, for developers who are just getting started with publishing modules on CPAN, there is a tutorial here on PerlMonks: How to make a CPAN Module Distribution.

    There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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