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Postings from December 2011
Re: The CPAN Morass
I sympathize with the compiler errors. But its not acceptable to have someone other than the maintainer decide to remove a contribution from CPAN unless it is malware or is stolen property etc. Merely no longer working if it ever did isn't cause. That is the point of the Kwality metric and the availability of test reports.
BTW not everyone uses gcc. It is its own 'standard' mostly. I agree that usually C code needs to be generic and portable but this may not be possible. I have code (not mine, but that of one of the programmers I support at work) gcc won't compile but Solaris Studio does (and vice versa alas).
CPAN is source code. It is likely some is junk. Others are in the eye of the beholder. Others are more subtle: if you installed my http::ADS (no mean feat considering it assumes you run your own network ) you would find all code executes cleanly but you get false positives. Maybe someone else will pick it up and derive something from it and maybe I will work on it again one day. Meanwhile, leave it where it is. It doesn't hurt anyone.
We can have endless tangential discussions on CPAN testers testing in inappropriate environments, using broken compilers and so forth.