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Re: Re: search.cpan.org comments/discussion

by grantm (Parson)
on Sep 09, 2002 at 00:43 UTC ( #196124=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: search.cpan.org comments/discussion
in thread search.cpan.org comments/discussion

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 search.cpan.org (without having to specify the author's CPAN ID)?


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Re: Re: Re: search.cpan.org comments/discussion
by belg4mit (Prior) on Sep 09, 2002 at 01:10 UTC
    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
Re: Re: Re: search.cpan.org comments/discussion
by grantm (Parson) on Sep 09, 2002 at 10:01 UTC

    I got an email reply from Graham Barr that this format link does work: http://search.cpan.org/dist/libwww-perl. 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 http://search.cpan.org/dist/xml::parser) then search.cpan.org 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 search.cpan.org/dist/name

      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 http://search.cpan.org/perldoc?module

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

        Yes, there is a big difference and the perldoc-style link seems to work well. It would be even better (you just knew that was coming didn't you) if it wasn't case-sensitive or if it redirected to search on failure. Eg: http://search.cpan.org/perldoc?LWP::Useragent simply ends up saying 'Not Found' simply because 'agent' was not capitalised.

        Anyway, I've ended up getting sidetracked on the details of linking from PM to search.cpan (which arguably isn't broken anyway) when what I'm most interested in is setting up an infrastructure on PM so that search.cpan can link to discussion forums. I think the best approach (at least initially) would be to base the structure around distributions on the PM side.

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