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subscribe only particular CPAN module releases

by petr999 (Acolyte)
on Sep 09, 2009 at 09:59 UTC ( [id://794310]=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

petr999 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hello,
I use to make packages for some distributions from particular CPAN modules.
I am wondering how can I be notified of the every release of them?
I think it is possible to subscribe RSS/RDF/Atom feed and/or the mail announces.
Is it a thing that is done already and automated for CPAN or I should try myself with the services like feedburner or feedblitz?

I am wondering that the bug-tracking system of a distribution in question notifies me before I put my hands on development of my own CPAN module that depends on some third-party module. And here is where I should be notified because I need a time to test it with my CPAN module too, update one if it's needed, and package the both to that OS distribution.
By the time going I think I will package more perl modules so confidence of being notified of the every upcoming release should please me more. Thank you.
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Re: subscribe CPAN module releases
by CountZero (Bishop) on Sep 09, 2009 at 13:20 UTC
    I think NotiCPAN will be exactly what you need. It sends you an email everytime one of the modules you wish to follow gets updated.

    CountZero

    A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

      Thanks lot, seems like the one.
      Just wondering how could I find it at different way? I always need rod more than fish :) i googled with several keys, so probably NotiCPAN author should add metatags/title on the public pages?
Re: subscribe CPAN module releases
by Sewi (Friar) on Sep 09, 2009 at 10:55 UTC
    http://search.cpan.org/faq.html
    You could get an RSS feed, but it might be easier to have a look at the list files the CPAN module fetches. Just open a cpan shell and type "i /something/" and watch him downloading the list files.
      Thank you.
      I meant not the whole CPAN RSS feed, but the particular ( currently only one ) module to track and be notified of new releases.
      So I wish the CPAN to have something like
      http://search.cpan.org/rss/search.rss?name=FCGI%2f%2fProcManager
      So I could customize the rss2mail service I prefer and be notified in necessary way, despite the RSS feed info is expired, I should take it into my mail but without much overhead for CPAN to maintain the mailing list dedicated for every particular module releases only.
      And, I'm not that frequent to update my system: the software that use Perl modules apparently use to rely on modules versions and even their bugs, so I defer such situations for my time dedication. But the particular module I use to package for OS distribution should emerge me, and mail notifies are the best way to keep finger on pulse.
      Of course I should ask modules authors to notify me upon their releases but 1) it's not much reliable to trust their memory because they may be too agile concentrated on code and it should be excusable if they simply forget to notify me and 2) OS distributions count grows day by day so it's a separate task to notify every OS packager every time the module has released.
      Again. as a developer of descendant module I should better know the code release practice/approximate current schedule of the module that I use to follow with my one, and that's why I need to be alerted but able to choose if I can pass the future notifications by, and this is why the releases rss feed should be better. I think this should be the official rss feed from the CPAN since the third party website-to-newsfeed online services I mentioned are not aware of the CPAN sidebars changes like related modules list, new RT tickets, etc, which are not the facts those deserve to make me aware in a matter of hours.
      Peter Vereshagin peter@vereshagin.org http://vereshagin.org

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