Re: The difficulty or ease of packaging Perl/Python/Ruby/PHP applications
On Jan 23, 2008 5:18 PM, Martín Ferrari <email@example.com> wrote:
> Today, we're using /modules/02packages.details.txt.gz to get a list of
> distributions with their current versions. That doesn't include
> experimental releases, of course.
Today I found a problem with this approach, ironically concerning a
package written by Gabor:
$ zgrep 'Text-Format[^a-zA-Z-]' 02packages.details.txt.gz
Text::Format 0.52 G/GA/GABOR/Text-Format0.52.tar.gz
As I cannot know which module name to look for, I parse the filenames
with CPAN::DistnameInfo to extract dist name and version. And the
above two files map to the same distribution, so I have to decide
which one is newer, and the wrong one gets selected. I don't know how
CPAN sorts versions (if it does at all, I suspect that latest version
is date-sorted and not version-sorted), so I use debian sorting, and
0.52+foo is bigger than 0.52.