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Re: Is CPAN usable now?

by Steve_p (Priest)
on Apr 27, 2002 at 05:15 UTC ( #162467=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Is CPAN usable now?

I have two main suggestions. I think the first thing that should be done is finding homes for abandoned modules. There are several modules with little or no recent revisions on them. While I'd like to think that the packages are perfect already, my guess is that many times, that just isn't the case.

Second, and I believe that this has been mentioned here before, is that it would be nice if there were some sort of rating system for the optionally packages. Are the moduless full of bugs or are they the best thing since sliced bread. For some modules, its hard to say.

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Re: Re: Is CPAN usable now?
by samtregar (Abbot) on Apr 27, 2002 at 07:11 UTC
    There are several modules with little or no recent revisions on them. While I'd like to think that the packages are perfect already, my guess is that many times, that just isn't the case.

    I don't know how to say this politely, so I'll just say it: hogwash. Many of my (and I assume others) modules have reached stability naturally. HTML::Pager hasn't be touched in over a year but I use it all the time. Judging a module by the date on the label is just plain bogus.

    Now, that said, some modules are basically unmaintained. There should be some way to register this fact publicly and allow either a) a new maintainer to step in or b) to have the module removed from CPAN.

    -sam

      Perhaps some sort of options added to the search (based on last maintenance date and download numbers) would be a handy thing?

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      You are what you think.
        Download numbers are not very feasible given the distributed nature (many many mirrors).

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