Daily Archives: October 9, 2013

Five percent of indexed CPAN packages come from just two distributions

And both have to do with advertising. Counting all packages indexed in 02packages.details.txt (possibly across multiple tarball versions), two distributions account for 5% of CPAN packages: GOOGLE-ADWORDS-PERL-CLIENT Microsoft-AdCenter Here are the top 10 with the number of index lines each: Together they account for 8.6% of the 135,000 or so currently indexed packages.

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Real $VERSIONs on CPAN

I've been looking at patterns of $VERSION definition in the wild. And, wow. There's some crazy stuff out there. Remember that the way PAUSE (and other tools) parse a $VERSION definition line is not by loading the module, but by extracting it as a standalone line and essentially running it through eval. PAUSE says this […]

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