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News & Views

Posted by Barbie
on 26th April 2011

The Metabase is now back online, and accepting reports again. If you're running a metabase-relayd instance, you should be safe to turn it back into online mode. Many thanks to David Golden for working with the EC2 instance to get it all working again.

It may still take a few days for everything to get back to normal, so please bear with us. If you do spot any lingering problems, please post to the cpan-testers-discuss mailing list and let us know.

Posted by Barbie
on 21st April 2011

You may have heard that Amazon's EC2 Web Services have been having some problems today. As a consequence several major sites have been down. Although perhaps not a major site in the grand scheme of things, a major site for CPAN Testers is the Metabase server. It is also hosted on an EC2 server, which has been experiencing downtime.

If you're running a CPAN Testers smoker with metabase-relayd, thanks to Chris Williams' forward planning, you can now run it in offline mode as:

metabase-relayd --offline

In Chris' own words:

> It will still collect test reports, but it won't submit them to the metabase.
> I knew there was another reason for writing a relay.
> /me skips away going 'la la la'
> :)

If you're not using the relay, then you may need to stop testing until the EC2 servers come back online. We'll try and keep an eye on things and let you know when all has returned to normal.

/me prepares for Chris' 100k+ report submissions when he switches his relay back to online mode!

Posted by Barbie
on 11th April 2011

It seems I wasn't paying attention to the CPAN Testers Statistics site when writing the March Summary. A little over 11 weeks after our last milestone, on 11th March we pass the 11 millionth report, as can be seen on the Interesting Stats page. As always, many thanks to all the testers who have help to contribute to this milestone.

Congratulations to Andreas J. König for posting the 11 millionth report. It was a PASS for Parse-ErrorString-Perl-0.15.

A relatively quiet month during March, although my thanks go to Leo Lapworth and Dave Cantrell for noticing and reporting bugs in the websites. Feel feel to report bugs you spot on the CPAN Testers websites to me directly (, as if I'm not the person to deal with that particular website, I can re-direct you to the right person. You're also welcome to report bugs on RT, and as I get more of the individual websites on CPAN, it'll be easier to report bugs and feature requests directly for the respective website.

Work has been ongoing with releasing the website code, with the release of CPAN-Testers-WWW-Wiki, which contains the basic code to run the CPAN Testers Wiki. The data that is contained within the website has not been released, though it is available on request if anyone wished to use it. I'm currently working on packaging the CPAN Testers Blog in the same way, and hope to have that released later this month.

Following a disussion with Leo Lapworth and Olaf Alders, I am now looking at providing summary information to feed other sites that wish to display CPAN Tester result summaries for an author or a distribution. Much of the information is already stored internally, to speed up the presentation of pages and the AJAX colour-coded bar charts you see on the left hand panel of pages on the CPAN Testers Reports website. Olaf is looking to use this information for the MetaCPAN project, but eventually authors themselves will be able to add it to their personal blogs or project sites.

This month the 2011 QA Hackathon will be taking place in Amsterdam. The event takes place from Saturday, April 16th to Monday, April 18th 2011, and if you are not already attending, you can log into #perl-qa on IRC to help on projects remotely. There are plans for some work on Metabase and CPAN Testers related projects, as well as many other testing and CPAN projects. As always all participation is very much appreciated by the whole Perl community.

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