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  • A while back I speculated on the various proposals for a "CPAN Replacement" I saw and mentioned that it appeared to me that there was a lack of planning.

    Mark asked me to not comment on CPAN6 until after the release at YAPC::EU and gave me an early copy of the paper, and I've happily done so.

    But reading through the final version of the paper, some concerns remain.

    Without wanting to get too much into specifics, I was wondering how you plan to deal with this type of thing. I see a lot of detail on what your so
    • The CPAN is very large and very complex, and replacing it isn't going to be as simple as we might think.

      Not true. The CPAN is rather small by today's standards and very simple. Clearly, you've not read the Zen paper describing the mechanics of it in very simple, straighforward terms. You are correct in supposing that it will not be simple to replace, but likely not for the right reasons. Anyone can build an ftp archive, put it on the net and open it for business. What makes CPAN work is not to be foun

      • > What makes CPAN work is not to be found in the software.

        And that is exactly what I mean.

        "CPAN" as an FTP archive is a non-issue, the actual distribution part is the simplest and most trivial part.

        What makes it successful is indeed due in big part to the social parts of the system, and those are the very things that a notional replacement design would have to take into account.

        > Uh, because they just...did it...instead of talking it over and taking 6+ years to design the ultimate archive?

        Who did? Various people did various parts, or single pieces.

        What the public at large sees as "The CPAN" is the conglomerate of systems, not the FTP archive. Creating some notional replacement for all of that at once is what I'm suggesting nobody is qualified to do.