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  • First of all, an offering. Below is some bash-shell code that might be a start toward a portion of what you requested. The code was passed a parameter that was the name of a perl source tar-ball (.gz). It built the version of perl and installed it to a local usr/test/ directory tree relative to where it was installed, and at the time would execute the CPAN module's 'autobundle' command and write to a file. (It also removed the 'built-in' and 'command line' entries from the various Makefiles, because of issues I experienced.) #!/bin/bash +x CSD=`pwd` PATH=$CSD/usr/test/bin:$PATH file=$1 directory=`gzip -dc $file | tar tf - | head -1 | tr '/' ' ' | gawk '{print $1;}'` echo " $file - $directory " gzip -dc $file | tar xf - rm -fr $CSD/usr/test/* cd $directory rm -f sh Configure -des -Dprefix=$CSD/usr/test -Dusedevel -Uinstallusrbinperl for makefile in `find . -type f -name makefile` do cp -v $makefile $makefile.temp grep -v built-in $makefile.temp | grep -v 'command line' > $makefile done make make test make install ( cd /usr/include && $CSD/usr/test/bin/h2ph *.h sys/*.h ) date >> ~/.cpan/Bundle/$directory.txt perl -MCPAN -e 'autobundle;' cd $CSD echo rm -fr $directory rm -fr $directory

    I could imagine after building the perl version desired using a Bundle file to have the system install the other modules desired. If the system had a complete local CPAN mirror, then testing under a number of different versions might even be possible.

    Having said that, the only big issues I can see with the proposal are: a) the presence or lack thereof of external libraries or utilities that might be required to test a particular configuration, and b) the presence of tests for the module(s) involved (as there are some modules I have encountered in the past that lacked tests, which made it difficult to install them automatically from the CPAN module.

    I would also suggest considering having the system email the results or notification of their availability, and possibly writing into some kind of report the submitter could come back to check later (such as a report stored in a database or something).

    I don't know if any of what I said is of any help or anything, but if you choose to move ahead with a project like this, I wish you the best with it.