The CPAN META Spec is the basis for the META.yml metadata files included in most modern CPAN distributions. Since the spec was last updated two years ago, there have been suggestions in many forums for how it could be improved in clarity or functionality, but nothing has been done.
To move from ideas to implementation, I have convened a working group of Perl/CPAN toolchain developers, maintainers, packagers and indexers -- the people responsible for the tools you use to configure, build, install or search for CPAN modules -- to review proposals, reach consensus and ultimately implement a new CPAN META Spec.
To ensure that we benefit from the best ideas in the Perl community, on behalf of this working group, I am issuing a public call for proposals.
Here is the process and timeline:
Since the work of implementation requires volunteer effort, the working group is looking for incremental improvements rather than complete rewrites of the spec. Proposal are more likely to be adopted if they:
The current spec: Browse the current spec, as converted to HTML, here: http://module-build.sourceforge.net/META-spec.html.
The repository: The official spec draft file, META-spec.pod, has been moved from the Module-Build repository into its own repository on github. Please feel free to include proposed patches as part of proposals:
The wiki: Proposals will be kept on the Perl QA Wiki: http://perl-qa.hexten.net/wiki/index.php/CPAN_Meta_Spec_Proposals
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