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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Procedures exist for what you want.

    But they all require that YOU are personally willing to step up and look after the module.

    If the author is available but doesn't have time to do your fixes, ask them if you can do a small release to ONLY fix the bugs. Often they will say yes and give you a maint bit.

    If the author isn't around, try again over a couple of weeks, and also using any other methods you can find (phone etc). If the author is currently AWOL, write to modules@perl.org and outline what you did to fi
    • As I said I am aware you can take over a module if you can convince the cpan gods to let you. The problem with that is that based on domms CPAN talk at YAPC::EU and the description of the module list on CPAN [cpan.org] it sounds like the module list is dead or dying. Still plenty of posts however.

      The main point is that lots of modules on CPAN do much the same as other modules. It would be nice if it was easy to tell which modules were short of a maintainer and be able to suggest modules that do much the same thing or to bias the search towards live modules. Sure I could take over modules that do not work but then I could write them from scratch too , the great thing about CPAN is all the prewritten working stuff so it would be nice to make it easier for users to find that good stuff and avoid dead ends.
      • Poppycock.

        The module list is staffed by volunteers, but it is active most of the time. It does go through the occasional quiet period when Brian is in Iraq or I'm overcomitted, but it's no worse now than it has ever been, and it's probably better that it has been in a long time.

        And "If you can convince..." makes it sound hard.

        It's not hard at all.

        You just explain what you did you try to contact the author, and if it's reasonable (as in you tried a few times, and looked for alternative contact points), you g