[Pdx-pm] Back copies of 02packages.details.txt

Michael G Schwern schwern at pobox.com
Mon Oct 20 20:22:15 CDT 2003

On Mon, Oct 20, 2003 at 05:44:48PM -0700, Jeff Zucker wrote:
> Thanks much, but that isn't what I need. It helps with the symlink 
> problem I mentioned, but the trouble is that backpan only shows whatever 
> wasn't previously deleted when it was first installed.  For example, the 
> earliest DBD::DB2 it shows is version 0.70 from 2000, but the 
> 02packages.details for 1996 shows me a DBD::DB2 0.55.  

total 1422
-rw-r--r--   1 500      500          747 May 17  1996 DBD-DB2-0.55.readme
-rw-r--r--   1 500      500        34276 May 17  1996 DBD-DB2-0.55.tar.gz

> What I need is a 
> snapshot of  the full list for at least one month (hopefully the same 
> month) each year.  I have a month from each of 1996,1999,2002 (thanks 
> Mark Hartley), and two for 2003 (thanks again Mark).  I am constructing 
> a graph of number of authors and number of modules year by year and 
> finding interesting things like the number of modules per author 
> increases fairly dramatically over time.  It's also informative to see 
> the rate of growth.  I'll put the whole thing up as a searchable 
> database when it's ready.
> If the situation really truly is that no one has gathered these 
> snapshots before, then we really need to get on it or a big batch of 
> perl history will be, so to speak, history.  I'll write to people like 
> Ask and HFB and brian who should all know more I hope, meanwhile, 
> suggestions welcome.

Adam Turoff might have them.  ziggy at panix.com

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