[Melbourne-pm] CPAN module

Scott Penrose scottp at dd.com.au
Wed Mar 8 17:03:30 PST 2006

On 09/03/2006, at 10:13, Mathew Robertson wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I use a CPAN module called HTML::Template, which is used as a web-page
> templating engine (in a similar vein to Template-Toolkit).
> I have made some changes to increase its functionality - which amounts
> to about 20% of the code (ie: not a small patch).  I have suggested  
> that
> some of these changes be added to the real module, but the developer
> isn't interested.
> Since I dont really want to do a complete fork of the code, as the
> existing community is quite lively...  The question is, is there a way
> to release a modified version into CPAN?

No not really, and that would not be fair either - you can't have two  
bosses of one bit of code.

But you have already touched on the answer - fork it and release as a  
new module.



Or maybe


Once you do that - and that is fair and safe - you can then encourage  
the use of your changes. If the changes are good and acceptable, then  
people will use that module instead - eventually it will become the  
standard, and probably even get incorporated or replace the old one.

This is not unprecedented - quite common actually :-)

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