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Paul "LeoNerd" Evans
January 19, 2021 22:44
FYI is going away
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This isn't directly core's doing, nor problem, but I am attempting to
raise awareness of the situation because it seems nobody is aware or
talking about it.

****, the bugtracker used by nearly 80% of all CPAN modules
  [1], is going to be shut down on 1st March this year [2]; 41 days
  from when I write this email.


I am rather concerned about this, as there doesn't appear to be any
sort of co-ordinated bailout plan or migration of the *huge amount* of
CPAN modules this is about to affect.

I am furthermore concerned at the total lack of discussion or response
that has so far been generated; aside from Karen Etheridge I haven't
seen any noise of upset being generated at all. Nor am I aware of any
sort of effort to handle what will become a huge outage of a major
component of the CPAN ecosystem.

I personally have 189 modules in need of migration - somehow. As yet
I have no clue what I am going to do about it. Existing bugs need to be
moved somewhere else (and I have no clue how I'm going to fix up URLs
that currently point to those, in code comments, documentation, blog
posts, ... anywhere else), and a new for users to report new bugs needs
to exist. Of special note are the numerous "in progress" tickets I have
across my distributions, containing ongoing discussions about design
issues and the like. To say that I am "concerned" is an understatement;
I am fairly close to panicing about this.

I am quite sure I am but the smallest tip of the iceberg here. Every
time I mention it on Freenode's #perl or's #p5p there are
always new folks who were totally unaware of this fact. This is going
to hit lots of people in a very hard surprise.

I am therefore interested to know if

  a) Perl5 Porters officially, and

  b) Individual CPAN authors who happen to subscribe to the
     perl5-porters mailing list

have any sort of response to this; any kind of mass-migration plan or
thoughts on continuing the service.

To emphasise again: in 41 days time the bug tracker used by nearly 80%
of all of CPAN is going to be shut down and become unavailable for
either historic or newly-reported bugs. We *need* to find a solution in
that time.

1: Add the "known to be RT" and "unknown" categories of; because defaults to RT in the
   latter case.


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