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Re: SVN::Core not on CPAN

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2004-03-30 16:40:12 CEST

Garrett Rooney wrote:

> I don't know if it's advisable, but I've already gotten one email from a
> CPAN tester complaining that SVN::Core couldn't be found, and I imagine
> it's not a unique event. People expect to be able to install all the
> dependencies of a module via CPAN, so it would be nice if we could
> accomodate them.

Sometimes the automated CPAN testing can be a pain. I released a module (and
later deleted it) that would only work on Cobalt RaQ boxes. Testing failed with
other platforms for some reason. ;~)

> That said, i'm not sure what the 'commonly done thing' is in situations
> like this. I mean we can't be the first project with this kind of
> problem...

Dependence on externals is a well-known edge condition for CPAN. Check out how
e.g. Tk or any of the DBD modules handle it. I suspect it is a matter of making
the Makefile.PL more intelligent so we can throw the appropriate error message,
_not_ so we can provide a way to build the external via CPAN.


John Peacock
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