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Craig A. Berry
October 1, 2012 05:05
Re: Taking CPANPLUS out of core
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On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 5:44 AM, David Cantrell <> wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 03:06:15PM -0500, Craig A. Berry wrote:
>> On Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 10:02 AM, Andreas Koenig
>> <> wrote:
>> > "Craig A. Berry" <> writes:
>> >> CPAN has never worked on VMS. CPANPLUS didn't either when it
>> >> first came into core, but several of us put a lot of effort
>> >> into making it work

>> Mostly it has to do with different expectations
>> about legal pathnames and how pathnames get pasted together from their
>> components, components that are often obtained by splitting apart
>> pathnames.
> File::Spec has been in core since forever, and I note a load of entries
> in the CPAN version's Changes file from Craig, all about VMS.
> And there are *lots* of mentions of File::Spec in current
> Craig, have you tried a recent version on VMS?

Yes, I'm very familiar with using File::Spec and it can be made to do
the right thing with enough testing on all of Unix, Windows, and VMS.
It's not magic and isn't always the best thing to use.

Note that I never said CPAN can't be ported, just that it hasn't been
done and since the arrival of CPANPLUS hasn't been a priority.

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