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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • It seems to me that this information is already available but not yet collected. If tester reports would include the versions of the checked prereqs they could be parsed.

    To think it fully through: It would start with a module that would output prerequisite version information in the test output (if this is possible). A script could parse the reports, extract the version information, and keep track of it in a database.

    Another script could then take this data and generate a snapshot distribution (I'd for example be thinking of M:I's bundle feature that bundles other dists with yours AFAIU) with the highest possible dep versions. Bonus points if old snapshots are remembered and new ones only generated if all dep versions in the new snapshot are at least as high as in the new ones.

    A side-effect of this would be that you'd have, for example, Catalyst community snapshots that come with all batteries included.

    I'm not sure if there'd be something blocking this. It was more of just a quick thought.

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