Could Tk::PNG be packaged by Stephen or the Debian Perl team ?
I am maintainer (and in this case also author) of smtm, a 70kb Perl/Tk script
that acts as a stock market ticker. It also has a useful chart mode where is
simply display the variety of charts available at finance.yahoo.com by
downloading them and putting them into a Tk::Photo widget. For more, see
http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/code/smtm and the screenshot page linked there.
Now, it would appear that as of a few days ago, Yahoo! pulled the plug on gif
files and started to provide png instead. Nominally, that is a good thing
given the various gif woes but in Tk, png is a second-class citizen and not
"natively" supported, whereas gif is.
All it takes, though, is the Tk::PNG module by Nick available at
along with a two-line patch (one line for 'use Tk::PNG;' and one line to set
'-format => "png"' instead of gif).
Given that Tk::PNG is tied to Perl-Tk and Perl releases, it seems prudent to
have this maintained by the Perl-Tk maintainer, or the Perl team. I could
maintain it too, esp. as it seems low maintenance (last release in Apr 2000
(!!)) but am generally under too many packages as it stands  and would
loathe to have the package slip.
However, to keep smtm useful, I need a 'libtk-png-perl' package so if Stephen
or the Perl group declines, I will maintain this.
So: any interest anyone ?
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Thanks, and best regards, Dirk
 DBD::ODBC and Finance::Streamer are up for adoption is someone is interested.
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