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News & Views

Posted by Barbie
on 18th August 2010

I have been so busy with other things, that I had forgotten to keep an eye on the Interesting Stats page of the CPAN Testers Statistics site recently. I knew it would be arriving soon after YAPC::Europe, but completely missed it.

Congratulations to Andreas for posting the 8 millionth report. It was a PASS for Convert-NLS_DATE_FORMAT-0.02.

File Under: reports
Posted by Barbie
on 17th August 2010

The CPAN Testers server is hosted in Germany by Hetzner. The current data centre is currently located in Nuremberg, but over the night of September 1st/2nd, Hetzner will be moving a number of servers to a newer data centre in Falkenstein, of which the CPAN Testers server is one. As such it is expected that the server will be unavailable from 10pm EST 01/09/2010 until 8am EST 02/09/2010. Once the server is restarted, it may still be unavailable while checks are performed to ensure the integrity of the server and the data.

Please expect the server to be slightly slower than usual on 2nd September, while the necessary data catchups are performed. Note that no Daily Summaries for 2nd September will be sent, as these will be included in the run for 3rd September.

File Under: server
Posted by Barbie
on 16th August 2010

As of 1st September 2010, the SMTP gateway to the CPAN Testers will be switched off. After this date you will need to update any smoke testing tools and add a Metabase profile to your configuration.

To install or upgrade smoker tools, please see our QuickHowTo to ensure you use the latest modules. To install your new Metabase smoker profile, please see the guide originally written for the beta testers.

Most testers have now moved over to CT2.0, and we're now seeing over 10,000 report submissions via the Metabase per day. However, we are still seeing around 500 submissions via CT1.0. As such, if you haven't switched, expect to receive emails over the next couple of weeks warning of the impending switch. After 1st September any reports submitted via SMTP will be rejected.

So last month saw the big announcement that we have now enabled CPAN Testers 2.0, and we have started to see a shift of testers over to the new HTTP submission system. However, there are still a number who are submitting high volumes that we shall now start pestering to move over. Although the regular testers are fairly easy to help setup their smokers to use the new system, it's the infrequent testers that are going to a little trickier to catch.

Currently we have a large number of report submissions that appear to be sent when someone installs a distribution they need. As it's fairly easy to add CPAN::Reporter to repetoire, many have done exactly that. Catching those people, when they perhaps only submit 1 or 2 reports a month is going to be a bit tricky. However, hopefully the press release and these summaries will eventually reach those people, who can then upgrade their smoke clients to the new system. With the plan to switch off the list on 1st September, it's also likely that bounceback emails (assuming the smokers have been set up with valid email addresses) might also provide an additional incentive.

This week I've been in Pisa for YAPC::Europe, and have given a talk about CPAN Testers 2.0, which seems to have gone well. The talk covered some of the thought processes behind the move, the basic elements of the Metabase and takes a look at the new style of Fact based reports. Finally it offers some guidance of how to get involved CT2.0, either as a new tester or an existing tester. The slides are now available online.

A few weeks ago, David Golden presented thoughts behind CPAN Testers, as Free QA, at OSCON. I really recommend reading the slides, as they give a great high level view of CPAN Testers, and the concepts behind its success.

Last month the 6 monthly email requesting help with identifying testers went out. Many thanks to those who responded, and I'm sorry I can't respond to everyone individually to say thank you, but it would take quite a while. If you have received this email, and haven't had the time to respond yet, please take a few minutes to do so, as it really does help us provide better analysis. It's also never too late to respond either. It will possibly be the last such email I will be send, although there might be a last attempt to clean up old emails later in the year. With the ability for testers to register themselves into the Metabase, this email will ultimately unnecessary. On top of the people who have responded, I took some time last month to do some digging and have managed to map over 50 addresses.

This month we're mostly going to concentrate on help testers move to CT2.0, but there are lots of things planned to expand the reports and provide more functionality to the eco-system. Next month we'll hopefully be able to provide a bit more insight of what's coming next. Stay tuned.

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