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Re: Short report on Debian at UseR! 2007 conference at Iowa State Univ.

Dirk Eddelbuettel dijo [Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 09:26:31PM -0500]:
> UseR! 2007 at Iowa State University, Ames, IA, August 8-10, 2007
> (...)

Wow - Congratulations, this paper is quite interesting to me - partly
because next week I will be presenting one quite similar to it ;-)


Of course, the approach the pkg-perl group has taken is quite
different. We have adopted a tool (dh-make-perl) similar to what you
discuss, using CPAN's CPAN.pm module for the CPAN-updating part
(AFAICT, equivalent to your r_pkg_update.pl), and takes care of
basically extracting each module's metadata and building its package. 

Although some users have requested this functionality (and we even
have a patch available implementing it), I have resisted the
temptation of introducing an infrastructure-generating module -
dh-make-perl deals only with individual packages. This is because I
strongly oppose blindly generating packages, even if CPAN's quality is
also quite acceptable and sanity tests are carried out. 

Anyway... I will take a closer look to your presentation (I only
skimmed it) - Thanks for sharing!

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