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by Abigail-II (Bishop)
on Mar 31, 2003 at 23:43 UTC ( #247102=perlnews: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

It seems that CPAN has forgotten to renew its domain contract; the domain has now been snatched away by Matt Wright. http://www.cpan.org is now a portal to Matt Wrights script archive.

I called Jarkko, but it seems he's so upset about what happened, he started drinking and he's unable to speak at the phone.

Abigail

Comment on http://www.cpan.org
suckage :(
by LD2 (Curate) on Apr 01, 2003 at 00:03 UTC
    Ouch. I hate to say this, but how could they forget to renew their contract??!! Usually they give ample warning, before the domain expires - I know, I have a couple.

    Hmm, the question is what to do now. Unfortunately, most Perl programmers have that link mapped to a link - somewhere or another. I guess the best bet is besides posting it on this site, post it on every major Perl site (i.e. Perl.com, Perldoc.com, etc.) that the CPAN site has moved and it's no longer Cpan.org. Major suckage. :/

    I can't believe Matt Wright or whoever does his site would do that. Maybe that just goes to show what a...(oh, nm... calling him names won't help anything).. obviously they sunk to new lows - to get hits.
      Oh man!! that sucks! I totally forgot about April Fools!!!

      hehehe..

      Although.. it's not April 1st here YET
Re: http://www.cpan.org
by submersible_toaster (Chaplain) on Apr 01, 2003 at 00:13 UTC

    Laugh - I almost went into arrest. Now to go play april fool with the web proxy

    500

    The internet has exploded and it's all you fault, you could try emailing the proxy administrator (for all the good that will do). Chances are he is on his way to 'visit' you right now.


    I can't believe it's not psellchecked
Re: http://www.cpan.org
by krujos (Curate) on Apr 01, 2003 at 00:13 UTC
    While looking i discovered that if you click on the link titled "Matt's Free Perl CGI Scripts" it will take you to the old cpan index page http://www.cpan.org/index2.html. I did a quick check and the links from this page still look right. search.cpan.org is also still its normal self. update... nevermind... doh

      Pretty much all the links on that page point to the actual frontpage.


      Just a tongue-tied, twisted, earth-bound misfit. -- Pink Floyd

Re: http://www.cpan.org
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Apr 01, 2003 at 00:21 UTC

    If Matt Wright is out for revenge and has expansion in mind, someone better check the expiry on the Monasterys domain names fast:>


    Examine what is said, not who speaks.
    1) When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
    2) The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible
    3) Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    Arthur C. Clarke.
Re: http://www.cpan.org
by thelenm (Vicar) on Apr 01, 2003 at 00:57 UTC
    Oh no!! Will PAUSE become MOUSE (Matt's Own Upload Server)??

    -- Mike

    --
    just,my${.02}

Re: http://www.cpan.org
by iguanodon (Curate) on Apr 01, 2003 at 03:08 UTC
    First I totally fell for that. I was really pissed. Then I laughed so hard I blew boogers all over my keyboard when I realized how badly I'd been had.

Re: http://www.cpan.org
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 01, 2003 at 11:19 UTC

    Nicely done, but my homepage has Anti-April fools day technology (size 6 red font saying APRIL FOOLS DAY) built in, so you didn't get me ;-P

    I hope nobody who lives close to Matt Wright got taken by this... for Matt Wright's sake ;-)

Re: http://www.cpan.org
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 01, 2003 at 11:21 UTC

    An Awesome April fools joke and a free shot at DDoS'ing Matt's Script Archive. It doesn't get any better!

      Oh wait, nevermind. They just mirrored Matt's site. I thought they actually changed the DNS entry. No that would have been cool :)

        And very unlikely to work, considering how virtual hosting works.

        Abigail

Re: http://www.cpan.org
by nefertari (Chaplain) on Apr 01, 2003 at 20:11 UTC
    This thread is cited by heise.de in their (german) list of April's Fools Day jokes.
Re: http://www.cpan.org
by feanor_269 (Beadle) on Apr 02, 2003 at 19:06 UTC
    Dur, I just use cpan.perl.com, so I missed out till it was posted in the cb. :) but great prank nonetheless.

    feanor_269

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