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Shlomi Fish (918)

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I'm a hacker of Perl, C, Shell, and occasionally other languages. Perl is my favourite language by far. I'm a member of the Israeli Perl Mongers, and contribute to and advocate open-source technologies. Technorati Profile []

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Wednesday March 29, 2006
01:43 PM

Maintenance of

[ #29151 ]

I'd like to ask the help of the "use Perl;" readers in trying to regain maintenance of the CPAN module, which provides object-oriented exception-handling in Perl 5.

The module has been unmaintained since October 2001 (over 4 years ago) and has six registered bugs in the CPAN bugtracker, one of them 2 years old.

I've tried to contact the maintainer through his Yahoo and Hotmail E-mail addresses six days ago. One address bounced, and I've yet to hear from the other. One should note that the last of his module updates was at December, 2002.

If you know how to reach the maintainer, please comment here and give me some help. Else, I request the CPAN gods to give me (or a more suitable volunteer) a co-maintainership of the module, so I can fix the bugs, and continue to maintain it.

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  • 6 days is nothing. He could be on holiday, or something. Of course, I admit, having done nothing visible to the Perl community in over 3 years doesn't look too good, so he could have lost interest in Perl, disappeared, or worse in recent times, we've seen a few announcements of deaths of CPAN authors. Let's hope it's not that bad.

    I still must plead for you to show some patience. In the meantime, nothing is stopping you from trying to fix those bugs. You can even present your proposed fixes to the wo
  • While I'm currently in a badly overloaded period, and not doing my shift on as a module@ person until late next month, the standard for contacting authors I generally ask people to apply is "several times over several weeks by several methods". It's not a hard and fast rule, but it works in most cases.

    That is, you try to contact the author a number of times by various email accounts you can find (because sometimes ones might go dark) over a period of time, and look for any other avenues you have to hunt the
  • Looking at PAUSE, there are two registered maintainers of Error: Arun Kumar U and Graham Barr, the original author. Arun Kumar U is the current maintainer, so I would continue to attempt to contact him and leave Graham out of it.

    I would, however, second bart's idea above. If you have bug fixes (rather than enhancements), I would send them to the author and RT queue for the module. I'm sure that all involved would be more responsive to patches for fixes for existing bugs.

  • Ok, so you tried googling for just Arun Kumar and came up with a myriad of results that obviously were not the right person - did you try filtering those results by adding another keyword - namely perl?

    I found this address Arun.Kumar AT for an Arun Kumar who was asking for the ppd files for DBI

    I don't feel bad about posting his email address here since I did find it on a publicly indexed webpage but I did change the @ symbol.

    That was in August of 2005. There is no guarantee it is the same perso
    • Hi Limbic Region!

      Thanks for your Google-Fu! Hopefully it would prove helpful in tracking him down.

      • Well, after I sent an email to these three accounts, the address bounced saying:

        host[] said: 554 delivery error: dd Sorry your message to foo@bar cannot be delivered. This account has been disabled or discontinued

        Also, the SourceForge address bounced saying "an undisclosed address". I'm still waiting on the address.

        So, there still isn't any luck in trying to reach him.