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James E Keenan
September 16, 2023 18:56
Website lacks info about sending your first CPANtesters report
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Friends of CPANtesters:

I recently had a bug report about one of my CPAN distributions 
experiencing test failures on Windows, an OS to which I have no access. 
Once we discussed the problem, I accepted pull requests from the 
reporter and this morning issued a new CPAN release.  I asked the 
reporter if he could generate a new CPANtesters report on Windows to 
that we could document the fix.

The reporter apparently did not know how to become a CPANtester, so he 
went to (which I'll refer to here as the "Home 
Page"), read the "Become a Tester" section, and clicked on the the "CPAN 
Testers Wiki" link, which took him to ... 
which redirected to and displayed a "404 
Page Not Found" page from the Birmingham Perl Mongers web site 
(  (Reference:

ISTR that, in the past, there was a page somewhere underneath which described how to use CPAN::Reporter, 
App::cpanminus::Reporter and even a CPANPLUS variant to send reports to 
the CPANtesters database.  I also recall that, at least when using 
CPAN::Reporter, before generating your *first* ever CPANtesters report, 
there was some procedure to get you "registered" which resulted in the 
creation of ~/.cpanreporter/ and the creation of two files in that 
hidden directory, 'metabase_id.json' and 'config.ini'.  But the details 
are hazy in my mind now -- and in any event I have never configured CPAN 
test reporting on Windows.

I cannot recall what other information might have been presented on the 
"CPAN Testers Wiki," but at the very least we need to get information up 
on the Home Page on how to get up-and-running with your first 
CPANtesters report.  So my questions are:

1. What can we do to provide that "get up-and-running" information on 
our web site?

2. What can we do to alleviate the 404?

Thank you very much.
Jim Keenan

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