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Re: comments/discussion

by ignatz (Vicar)
on Sep 09, 2002 at 00:35 UTC ( #196121=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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I've had the title "The Annotated CPAN" swimming around in my head for a while now. Something that pretty much does what you're talking about. Between USENET, Perl Monks, and other Web Sites out there one could come up with a pretty hard core resource. (FYI, I am a fanatic when it comes to cataloging things. My all time hero is Ludwig Von Köchel, the guy who fanatically cataloged the works of Mozart.)

Here's a couple of things that I would add to what you have said:

  • Book References
  • Cached Usenet posts, edited
  • Link to the latest version of each module, as opposed to the raw search results that one gets now.

I should say that I'm pretty pleased with the new version of but there's no reason why the community can't do more...

++ for bringing this up!


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Re: Re: comments/discussion
by grantm (Parson) on Sep 09, 2002 at 00:43 UTC
    Link to the latest version of each module, as opposed to the raw search results that one gets now

    Yes, that is a bit annoying and probably something that ought to be fixed. Is there in fact a way to link directly to the main page for the 'latest' version of a distribution on (without having to specify the author's CPAN ID)?

      Yes, a google style "lucky" option, the old behavior. I emailed the webmaster about this sometime ago, but the more people that do the more likely it is to be implemented?

      perl -pew "s/\b;([mnst])/'$1/g"

        I am considering a google style lucky option, but it is not high on the todo list right now

      I got an email reply from Graham Barr that this format link does work: From the PM side, there are a couple of gotcha's:

      • you have to use the distribution name which might not be the commonly used name (eg: libwww-perl rather than LWP
      • you have to remember that distribution names use hyphens rather than double colons (eg: XML-Parser)
      • don't forget about case sensitivity

      Given all this, it's not hard to see why the [cpan://name] links go to the search function but if you get the module name wrong (eg then falls back to search mode anyway.

      So, perhaps the implementation of the [cpan://name] links should be fixed to change '::' to '-' and then point to

        There is a big difference between a distribution and a module. Substituting :: with - will not work for most modules.

        I would like to see the cpan links to link to

        right now that is an issue for modules that don't have pod, but we can fix that

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