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  • An interesting idea. It actually crossed my mind that in many cases CPAN Testers spot these sort of incompatibilities, but with the scale of the reports and CPAN it could get tricky and very time consuming to review them all. Or were you only thinking of doing this with major distributions (e.g. Phalanx 100?), or when an actual user hits a problem?

    Once PITA is up and running, this sort of confirmation of fixes could be done fairly quickly, perhaps with an automated test harness that tests notable combinations of dependencies of a distribution. It might make authors more aware of older dependencies that should be avoided by upping the version in their prerequisites.

    • Just humans. We usually know what's wrong, we just don't have a way of letting the installers know.