[Bioperl-l] Creating PPD's from CPAN Bundles

Chris Fields cjfields at uiuc.edu
Tue Sep 26 15:48:42 UTC 2006

To tell the truth, I wouldn't worry about the bioperl-1.4 PPM.  So much has
changed between the two versions that I think more users would switch to
1.5.2 anyway.  And there have been a ton of bugfixes, code improvements, etc
since bioperl 1.4.  

We could relegate the 1.4 PPM to the old_releases directory to separate them
from the newer v1.5.2 and Bundle::Bioperl PPMs.  That way you wouldn't have
to worry about backwards compatibility (the 1.4 ppd file contains all the
information for 1.4 anyway).  

If anyone wants to play with the older PPMs they can set up a local
directory as a repository and install it from there.

Christopher Fields
Postdoctoral Researcher - Switzer Lab
Dept. of Biochemistry
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nathan S. Haigh [mailto:n.haigh at sheffield.ac.uk]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 10:07 AM
> To: Chris Fields
> Cc: Bioperl-l at lists.open-bio.org
> Subject: Re: [Bioperl-l] Creating PPD's from CPAN Bundles
> Chris Fields wrote:
> > There are several other Bundle* packages on PPM.  You could start with
> > those.
> >
> >
> Already done - probably while you were sleeping! :o)
> The problem with Bundel::BioPerl is that updated versions would need to
> be backwards compatible since PPM always installs/updates the latest
> version of a package. Therefore, it would need to be backward compatible
> with Bioperl 1.4 and compatible with Bioperl 1.5.2 - this could lead to
> additional bloat for 1.4 users and also for dependencies removed between
> 1.4 and 1.5.2.
> Any thoughts on that?
> Nath

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