[sf-perl] the next generation cpan (research and discussion)

David Fetter david at fetter.org
Wed Aug 25 15:17:42 PDT 2010

On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 03:04:24PM -0700, Paul Makepeace wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 14:42, David Fetter <david at fetter.org> wrote:
> > Popular CPAN modules get packaged and shipped with OSs, which means
> > that to an excellent first approximation no one downloads them from
> > CPAN.
> (Except for upgrades)

Packagers ship those, too.

> Also package managers muddy the waters.
> That said, I'd rather see what's there than nothing at all. I'm sure
> there's *some* use in it, the paranoia in the lanl.gov page
> notwithstanding.

It's not about paranoia.  It's about the down sides of ass-u-me'ing
that download statistics contain useful information.  In the case of
popular CPAN modules, they do not.

More on the silliness of download stats here:


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