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How to find "the cpan bugtracker"

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Christian Jaeger
September 26, 2006 08:24
How to find "the cpan bugtracker"
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Short story: I suggest that

- should (instead of redirecting to show a page which lists/links all three 
bug areas (perl5 core, perl6, cpan).

- the CPAN section on the page should have a 
link to

- should have a link "Bugs" to (and maybe also one (e.g. "other CPAN archive"?) 
to's the difference between the two, btw?)

- should have a link "Bugs" to

Full story:

I sometimes find it difficult to find things on official project 
websites (Debian is not always that easy, but Perl is worse). But 
I've learnt some essential url's by heart. One of them is 
"". Less frequently than this, I need to lookup bugs, 
mostly in modules, not the core. For Debian, I know 
"" and "".

So today I wanted to look up bugs for Spreadsheet::Excel, and I knew 
there's quite a good central bug tracking system. Where would I go 
look for it?


* (ok no problem, just doesn't exist),

   Okay. But then wondering about where the fulltext or package name 
search field is.. there's only
   "Guest Access
     * Current Perl 5 Issues
     * Open Ticket Overview
     * [____] [Goto ticket]"
So I clicked both links (btw got the warning 'You are about to log 
into the site "" with the username "guest," but the 
website does not require authentication. This may be an attempt to 
trick you.' from Galeon), realized that it's about perl5 core only.

* next try: (but see nothing)

* then remembered that it was "" thus it's probably 
something on:; but I see nothing either, click on "Perl 
FAQ", search for "bug", find "Where do I send bug reports?", but it's 
not linked, yes, I realize it's the perldoc page, I have a feeling 
that this one might be too old to list a valid url to the (relatively 
new) bugtracker, and I think this is too hard, so I stop searching 
and look for people.

* I join #perl on and ask for the url. I remember that 
it has been the same the last time I wanted to look for bug reports. 
Someone tells me to see at, which is perfect. 
Someone else asks me whether I'm daft, since every cpan package has 
it's own link into the RT; hm ok, maybe, and that's nice (I mean the 
link from every package), but that wasn't the way my brain worked. 
(Note that I'm using the commandline CPAN utility for checking for 
new versions, I like that better than looking on the cpan website; so 
since I already knew I had the newest version, I had no reason 
visiting the package itself, I just needed the bug list. In my brain, 
cpan itself is a storage of module files, so it didn't occur to me 
that I should open the cpan package page. Maybe the CPAN utility 
should support searching for bug reports; maybe the new one does 

Thanks for caring,

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