Category Archives: cpan

How to add 'provides' metadata via Makefile.PL

My last post about PAUSE permission problems suggested to manually add a 'provides' field to your metadata files if PAUSE can't determine what packages are in your distribution. I realized that people might not know how to do that, so this is a quick tutorial. One reason PAUSE might not be able to find your […]

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What to do if PAUSE tells you this distribution name can only be used by users with permission for X, which you do not have

Over the last year, a handful of CPAN authors have been bitten by PAUSE complaining that they don't have permissions for a distribution name they've uploaded. What's going on? (short explanation) PAUSE used to have a gaping security hole; it's now closed. As a result, when an author uploads a distribution with a name like […]

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Moving CPAN RT tickets to Github, now improved

When I wrote about migrating RT tickets to Github a couple years ago, it was a quick-and-dirty job. This week, I finally cleaned it up and added some features I'd been missing: Automatically closing the migrated RT ticket with a hyperlink to the new Github ticket Migrating "stalled" RT tickets, as well as "new" and […]

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Only the bravest CPAN warriors need apply

Are you a CPAN warrior? Are you up for a challenge? Read on... I have finally fixed the CPAN.pm branch that implements support for recommends and suggests prerequisites. It seems to work, but CPAN.pm internals are so hairy that I wouldn't be surprised if there are still subtle bugs. I don't think it will melt […]

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The Annotated Lancaster Consensus

The official Lancaster Consensus document is on Github. This blog post is an annotated review of it. The Lancaster Consensus At the first Perl QA Hackathon in 2008 in Oslo, a number of QA and toolchain authors, maintainers and experts came together to agree on some common standards and practices. This became known as "The […]

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