[Bioperl-l] BioPAN

Heikki Lehvaslaiho heikki at ebi.ac.uk
Fri Jun 20 14:03:46 EDT 2003


BioPan! Great idea! You'll get all the support you need from me. 

First to do is to check the feasibility of having our own CPAN server
copy. I'd like to know how closely it is married to the PAUSE
database/codebase and from there to CVS. If CPAN/PAUSE works I suppose
it would make sense to start using the CPAN bugtracking system,
http://rt.cpan.org/ ? Could you do that initial evaluation and report

CPAN client perl module is to be replaced by CPANPLUS which should be
easier to modify and extend, so better not touch CPAN.

Also, ExtUtils::MakeMaker based makefiles are quite difficult to
maintain and we should try to  start using Module::Build.

On Thu, 2003-06-19 at 13:04, Nathan (Nat) Goodman wrote:
> > > There should be a CPAN-like repository…
> > Good suggestion. Volunteers welcome :-)
> Both you and Ewan said the same thing. Good idea if someone would do it.  I’
> ll take the bait.  I'll do it IF the core developers are willing to populate
> it with an initial load of modules.
> What I have in mind is moving ‘non-essential’ modules out of the main
> BioPerl distribution and into optional libraries.  There’s probably an 80-20
> rule at work – 80% of BioPerl usage probably involves 20% of the modules.
> The main distribution should have those 20% and the repository should have
> the rest.
> This could be phased in over a period of time – say a year.
> I would imagine using the CPAN software – no need to reinvent the wheel!  We
> could call it BPAN or BioPAN or BioCPAN or something.
> (I’ve been told that some users have trouble getting CPAN to work.  I, too,
> used to be CPAN-challenged, but have finally devised a config file that
> works reliably except for a handful of gnarly modules that everyone has
> trouble with (GD and BerkeleyDB being two of the most recalcitrant).  Also,
> things that need root permission)
> Best,
> Nat
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