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As some may have noticed the CPAN Testers websites are not well. The underlying server is locking up, and as yet the cause is undetermined. I had thought I had cracked it, as the Release Data information that was provided for Adam Kennedy several years ago, seemed to be a key factor in the processes running when the server locked up. As a consequence I disabled the table from all the processes and yesterday all seemed well, with the server responding for nearly 30 hours in a row. Sadly, this faltered this morning at around 02:30 UTC. At the moment I'm checking tables and gettting things back into a usable state again. However, the current situation is not sustainable.

Unfortunately, the server has been unwell for the past month, and as I currently don't have a lot of free time to keep putting it back online, I need someone who is willing to spend time helping to diagnosing the problems, and secondly to take on a lot of the responsibility of CPAN Testers. I'm not disappearing completely, and hope to write more documentation to explain the whole eco-system, so anyone taking on the project in the future has a better idea of what it entails. Most of the work in recent times has been SysAdmin type maintenance work to help keep things ticking over, but occasionally there is coding work to rewrite older parts of the system, and add new features.

Due to the size of the CPAN Testers project, I can appreciate why it might seem a bit daunting, which is why I'm not planning to disappear completely. I'd like help to begin with, particularly for the current problems, but longer term I'd like to pass on the knowledge I have, to someone who wants to improve and develop the sites further. If you feel up for such a challenge, please get in touch.

I have now been involved with CPAN Testers for over 10 years and it is definitely time for some fresh eyes. If you want to know more, please contact me at barbie@cpan.org.

My thanks to Matt S Trout over the past couple of weeks, who has helped to give me some pointers and help identify the problem with the Release Data.

UPDATE 2015-08-31: Many thanks to all those who have emailed offering help. It is great to see several people stepping forward to volunteer their time. At the moment, one person with some great credentials, and experience of sites like CPAN Testers, has stepped forward and is taking a look over the server for me. I don't want to have too many cooks in the mix, so I'm letting him have first crack. More news when we've had a chance to do some more detailed investigation.

Posted by Barbie
on 17th August 2015

It is with great pleasure that we officially announce a new sponsor for the CPAN Testers Project, ABC Startsiden.

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ABC Startsiden have long been a long time supporter of Perl, CPAN and CPAN Testers, and we are delighted to have them as one our sponsors.

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