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Dean Hamstead
March 19, 2021 19:26
Re: Fwd: [DISCUSS] The future of mod_perl
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There has been some discussion about this in #marketing on TPF slack. 

Some points i would like to share, pasted and tweaked. 

- In my view is that mod_perl is still a key part of the ecosystem and
if it becomes unmaintained it will be the signal to decision makers to
retire whatever perl code is still in use, especially non strategic

- Whilst using it for your application is out of vogue, mod_perl exposes
all sorts of the internals of apache to perl, its still great for custom
logging, custom aaa, even custom protocols if youre inclined. 

- We don't seem to have good signal as to how widely mod_perl is used
and for what. Debian's popcon may give us some indication, but given
CentOS is the most popular OS for perl it's indicative only. This is
something the marketing committee should tackle but i mention it here as
part of a wider problem of low signal 

- To me it seems like a good opportunity for TPF to take on a key
project and start to develop the model of supporting more than one perl
related initiative. Either by taking it from apache or by working with
apache to fundraise and put human resources on to it


On 2021-03-19 07:55, Ricardo Signes wrote:

> On Wed, Mar 17, 2021, at 6:14 PM, James E Keenan wrote: 
>> The Perl 5 Porters are responsible for maintaining and advancing the  
>> Perl 5 core distribution.  mod_perl does not ship with the core  
>> distribution.  It's maintained upstream on CPAN.  It's README is located  
>> here:
> ...nonetheless, p5p is a good bet for a place that could contain many people who are both interested and capable of helping take over maintainership of mod_perl, which has long been an important vehicle for getting perl code deployed.  Although I don't want perl5-porters to be general-perl-announce, this seems like a good exception. 
> --  
> rjbs
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