Are you a CPAN warrior? Are you up for a challenge? Read on…
I have finally fixed the CPAN.pm branch that implements support for recommends and suggests prerequisites. It seems to work, but CPAN.pm internals are so hairy that I wouldn’t be surprised if there are still subtle bugs.
I don’t think it will melt your system, but it needs some real-world test driving.
Here’s how you can help:
- Install an up-to-date CPAN::Meta from CPAN
- Download the tarball for my ‘fix-retry-recommend-support’ branch of CPAN.pm
- Untar it
- Install it (inside the directory:
make touchtestdistros && make test && make install)
- Fire up a cpan shell and turn on the new policies:
o conf recommends_policy 1and maybe
o conf suggests_policy 1and then
o conf commit
- Install some modules that have recommends/suggests prerequisites
The best thing would be to start using this as your regular CPAN client for a while. (No, it’s not as quick and terse as cpanminus, but you’re a brave CPAN warrior and won’t let a little verbosity stop you, right?)
If you find bugs, file them on the pull-request thread.
With enough help, I hope to get this tested, merged, and shipped in time for Perl 5.20.