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ethan (3163)

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Being a 25-year old chap living in the western-most town of Germany. Stuying communication and information science and being a huge fan of XS-related things.

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Sunday May 11, 2003
03:27 AM

CPAN addition of the...

[ #12117 ]

month: Plot.

Initially I thought the author simply didn't write the PODs etc for the module. But no, he simply uploaded a bare stub as created by h2xs. I wonder whether this happened because he used some sort of upload-script for the PAUSE and hitted TAB a little too vigorously.

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  • Plot of Shame (Score:3, Informative)

    by zool (1822) <> on 2003.05.11 17:08 (#20010) Homepage

    to my chagrin i must admit to being the author of this module :)

    extenuating circumstances; i was in a rush to catch the last train home after a hacksesh, and wanted to upload SVG::Plot to slot in with kake's [] dependencies (cf CGI::Wiki [] and OpenGuides).

    it being a while since the last (and first) time i put a module on CPAN, i'm not overfamiliar with h2xs or make dist and make tar-dist.

    to my further chagrin this morning, i realised i'd not only put the module in the wrong namespace, but hadn't actually included the code. Kake showed me the way and the light, for which i am deeply grateful; there've been two more point releases since then.

    An edge case quite this inane and dubious is pretty difficult to account for in any sensible automated module-checking, but perhaps my slightly intoxicated stupidity has provided some food for thought ;) i've never met a CPAN packaging HOWTO; a 'do you really want to do this' function might be useful on PAUSE ... (perhaps with an option for "don't let me upload this if it's after N o'clock at night in my personal timezone...")

    i hope this has caused more amusement than it has consternation and despair, anyway.

    • i hope this has caused more amusement than it has consternation and despair, anyway.

      It's not a big deal really. Since I am very much afraid of upload-mistakes myself I double- and triple-check the tarballs that leave my computer. And not even that can prevent some silly but unpleasant errors. My favourite one is forgetting to increase $VERSION.
      • My favourite one is forgetting to increase $VERSION.

        Mine too. But if you're using some sort of revision control system, you can simply do something like

        $VERSION = substr q$Revision: 3.14 $, 10;

        which it's done in a lot of modules or

        ($VERSION) = '$Revision: 3.14 $ ' =~ /\$Revision:\s+([^\s]+)/;

        as suggested by ExtUtils::MakeMaker.