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Monday January 21, 2008
09:31 AM

CPAN::Reporter::Smoker first alpha release

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For a long time, the only easy way to submit CPAN Testers reports was CPANPLUS. The first automated smoke testers for CPAN were built upon it, like CPAN::YACSmoke and POE::Component::CPAN::YACSmoke.

About a year and a half ago, I wrote CPAN::Reporter, to bring CPAN Testers reporting to good-old Since then, some intrepid individuals have built automated smoke testers upon CPAN::Reporter, all writing their own programs to do so. itself added an experimental smoke command to test recent uploads, but it requires XML::LibXML and doesn't test distributions in isolation -- all tested distributions and their dependencies keep getting added to PERL5LIB until things explode.

Yesterday, I released the first, alpha version of CPAN::Reporter::Smoker to provide a better-behaved, more turn-key approach to smoke testing with CPAN::Reporter.

(... configure CPAN and CPAN::Reporter as usual ... )

$ perl -MCPAN::Reporter::Smoker -e start

This initial version still has some limitations (e.g. no developer versions smoked), but I'm ready for anyone interested to try it out and start sending feedback -- compliments, suggestions, or complaints all welcome.

-- dagolden

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  • CPAN::Reporter::Smoker 0.01_01 works beatifully. i'm running Debian Sid perl 5.10.0,, Debian Lenny and Etch 5.10.0 and 5.8.8 on i486. bleadperl testing happens later tonight.

    DEVOGOn d at 0x64 dot nl
    • FYI -- 0.01_02 just uploaded to CPAN. Adds developer release support -- but needs a different index file to support it.

      Thanks for trying it out.

      -- dagolden
  • Is there support for mailing through a server that needs a password yet?
    • Not yet. CPAN::Reporter relies entirely on Test::Reporter for the transport mechanism and it has not yet been patched for it.

      In various threads on cpan-testers-discuss, the consensus is that we want to move to HTTP transport. Ask (from the Perl NOC) is working on an API for us and transport work has stalled a bit waiting on that.

      Overall, there are plans coming together for a broader reengineering of CPAN Testers to support multiple methods of transport. You can see the placeholder for the new stack a

      • Could you please make prominent note of any improvement to the transport mechanism, like a choice or using passwords?

        I know I for one can not automatically test and submit because Verizon requires passwords. I think that requirement is true for many other carriers, and I think CPAN loses a lot of testers that way. I see a ton of testing on UNIX and its many variants, and little on Mac/Darwin or PeeCee.

        I think this would really help with CPAN, and others seem to agree but it does not happen.

        I know, I shoul