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Buddy Burden
October 11, 2011 14:11
Starting a module's history from gitpan
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So, I found a bug in a CPAN module that hadn't been updated in some
time.  After I submitted a bug in RT, I checked the author's other
modules and his RT tickets: no activity in years.  So I sent the
author an email, and said, hey, if you don't want to mess with this
module any more, I'd be happy to take it over for you.  And, voila,
I'm now the proud(?) maintainer of Data::Random.

So I need to create a repo for the code, and it would be nice to start
with the previous versions, right?  Happily, there is gitpan, so I can
pretty easily access all the CPAN versions of the code at least.  Now,
I've read Schwern's blog[1] on how to merge gitpan history into an
existing repo, so I could essentially create a blank repo, do the
merge as he describes, and go from there.  But it seems to me that's
unnecessarily complex, since I'm starting from scratch.  What I'm
wondering is, couldn't I just fork the gitpan repo for Data::Random[2]
and have that become my repo?  Obviously I would never plan on merging
it back, but that shouldn't matter, I don't think.

Does anyone see any downsides to this plan, or have a better suggestion?  TIA!

            -- Buddy


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