Slides are on github! Your homework is to find them. :) Here are some highlights.
There are over 16K modules on the CPAN as of 11 Oct 2009. Wow.
Jeff’s recommended changes from the default cpan shell configuration:
– auto_commit 1
– prerequisites_policy follow
– build_requires_install_policy yes
– prefer_installer MB (Module::Build)
– change your make_install_make_command and mbuild_install_mbuild_command to include your sudo command.
Spend 10 minutes & give something back to CPAN every time you install a module: Simply set up CPAN::Reporter!
– make sure that you set cc_author to ‘no’. (In the latest version, that’s the default.)
– set it to prompt you to edit/send the report if the tests fail. This way you can judge if the failure is due to your own
– you can set the transport value to a file to run reports without sending them.
– for help: perldoc CPAN::Reporter::Config
For automatic continuous testing, set up CPAN::Reporter::Smoker. (Doesn’t actually install anything, justs runs tests.)
– don’t run it as root; you are the canary in the coal mine.
– create a dedicated user that has essentially no privs on your machine.
– run it on a separate Perl install (core modules only).
– this is a cool place to use that RAND option for prefer_installer in CPAN.
Another cool tip that I REALLY DIG because I have systems with multiple perls & users associated with them:
Set your shebang line to: