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James E Keenan
November 5, 2005 04:32
Re: Module abstract: Is its length still limited?
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Andreas J. Koenig wrote:
>>>>>>On Mon, 05 Sep 2005 20:48:10 +1200, Sam Vilain <> said:
>   > This was probably for the sake of the text-only modules list, which has
>   > since fallen out of maintenance.
> But it's still relevant for the database table that is behind
> And that's the same table that produces CPAN/modules/
> which in turn is providing some data to and
So, the question I would now ask:  How rigidly should I enforce the 
44-character limit if I am guiding someone in the task of creating 
proper Perl modules?

This question is relevant because I have taken over maintenance of 
ExtUtils::ModuleMaker and a bug has been reported which bears upon the 
44-character limit for ABSTRACTs 
(  At the current time 
modulemaker is throwing an error message when one exceeds the 
44-character limit ... but goes ahead anyway and creates a correct, 
CPAN-uploadable framework for a Perl extension.  I either have to 
enforce the limit or relax it and change the error message to an 
advisory warning.

Since the 44-character limit never applied to modules except those 
intended for CPAN, and since it does not now appear to apply to modules 
as they appear on, I'm inclined toward the latter 
approach.  Comments?


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