This weekend I uploaded another version of XML::RSS::Tools onto CPAN. I copied some diagnostic code from XML::Simple, so I'd have a better idea of the modules any tester had on their machine, as XML::LibXML and it's libxml2 that it's based on have a complex existance.
As before it worked perfectly on my older machine at home, and I'll test it with my newer machines at work this week. For some reason, some CPAN tester is having problems. The problem is I can't email the person to ask for additional details, and the damn thing works perfectly well on all the machines I have access to.
The code I copied from XML::Simple now gives me an idea of the Perl modules this tester has, and to my surprise they are all pretty recent and up to date. I don't know what the version of libxml2 and libxslt that sit beneath. These libraries are under active development, so odd things happen to the API, things get added and moved around, even the Perl modules have to maintain a blacklist of library versions that don't work with them.
I understand that many people are busy, these tests are automated, and it's nice to get reports, but sometimes - as in this case - it's not very helpful...