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News & Views

First big thing of July was our announcement for the new CPAN Testers Admin website. Sadly there are still someproblems for authors logging in, but we have been trying to get to the bottom if it. I've also been working on an alternative login mechanism, which will also be used by the CPAN Testers Preferences site too. We'll keep you posted when we have a fix. In the meantime, as a tester please feel free tosign up and claim your email addresses.

Renée Bäcker tweeted a solution to get your FAIL reports. The script, get_fail_reports.pl, retrieves the RSS feed for a specific author. Ideal if you want to filter and categorise FAIL reports toyour own requirements.

In another tweet, Stanislaw Pusep asked whether there was a problem with the CPAN Testers, as he was getting several submission failures. Thanks to Breno G. de Oliveira and Kent Fredric, it was identified as a problem with IO::Socket::IP. Specifically the smoke environment needed to downgrade to version 0.29. Unusual that a downgrade fixes the problem, but it seems a recent release, version 0.30, has had some undesired consequences.

And in yet another tweet, Ashley Willis pointed out that there is no link to 'how to be a tester' on the CPAN Testers Reports site, as well as most of the other sites. Although there is the Wiki page, the QuickStart page, it is a little too verbose, and probably jumps in a little too quickly, particularly for someone new to CPAN Testers. As such, I'd like to write an introduction page, that starts with some explanations for a completely fresh install of each client, then links to the QuickStart page. If anyone whats tomake a start before I get to it, please feel free.

Christian Walde asked on the mailing list about the defaults for the summary reports that get sent out. It seems BooK's settings had somehow become set to everything, and having spoken to others, it seems several authors are ignoring these mails as they don'tknow how tochange the settings. The defaults currently are set to only send FAIL reports, where the mix of perl and platform have not been sent previously. It was questioned whether this should change, but I believe adding more would not go down well with authors, and if authors really want additional reports they can update their Preferences, or look on the Reports site. However, as Christian highlighted, the emails themselves didn't make the link clear to change preferences, so this has now changed, and the link now appears earlier in the email.

Phillip Moore highlighted a problem with the way indexing happens in PAUSE. After David Golden forwarded to the modules mailing list, Grahan Barr replied and explained why this happened. As of version 2.00, FindBin::libs no longer has this "trick", but it does highlight that if you do have problems finding modules that are not indexed, it may have been purposefully hidden by the author. Dave Horner asked about the full name used in the Metabase secret file. Somehow Dave's secret file was missing the fullname field. Unfortunately, after the initial submission, the Metabase stores the communication using a Metabase GUID. However, all is not lost. If you have now submitted a secret and want to be able to associate your name and/or PAUSE id to your submission email,you can now do so via the new Admin site.

Sadly I missed posting about CPAN Day, but Neil Bowers did admirably posting various hints and tips of how to improve your modules and distributions. I'll post a little about this in next month's summary.

Lastly I would like to thank John Anderson for his keynote talk at YAPC::NA 2014. His commendation of CPAN Testers was very much appreciated. I only got to watch it recently, along with several others in the YAPC::NA feed. For those heading for Sofia this week for YAPC::Europe 2014, you have just as many great talks to look forward to. Sadly no CPAN Testers talks this year, but may be next year.

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