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Fedora Perl SIG Mission

To assist packagers in bringing Perl-related packages to Fedora Extras and assisting in their continued maintenance by providing timely reviews, acting as secondary package owners and assisting with related security issues.

Perl Components in Fedora

Core Perl

Core perl in Fedora-16 is currently 5.14.2.

The older releases contain 5.12.4 (Fedora 14 and 15) and some even older contains 5.10.x.

Apps

  • Bugzilla - Defect Tracking System
    • Some testing on an SELinux-enabled system was needed (see RHBZ #188359)
  • Cluster SSH - Cluster Admin Via SSH
  • Alzabo - Data modelling tool (also in CPAN)
  • RT - Release Tracker - a battle-tested issue tracking system
  • MojoMojo - Catalyst-based wiki, with live as-you-type AJAX preview of edits
  • Padre - The Perl IDE

Frameworks

There are a number of the more popular Perl frameworks available in Fedora.

  • Bricolage - Content Management System
  • Catalyst - MVC Web Application Framework
  • DBIx::Class - DBIx::Class is a modern, powerful object-relational mapping system
  • Moose - Modern perl5 OOP system
  • POE - Portable multitasking and networking framework

Perl/Parrot/Pugs

Perl packages in Fedora

Please edit the Perl wishlist if you want something, or package something off it if you're bored :)

Bugzilla is an excellent place to find information about the various perl packages in or being reviewed for inclusion:

Fedora perl infrastructure

Perl to CPAN Mapping

With most perl modules being in CPAN, preliminary "mapping" table has been created. This table is regenerated on a daily basis, and will be included in the upcoming Perl SIG Infrastructure hosted project .

http://perl.biggerontheinside.net

Problems that need to be addressed

The following topics need to be discussed/improved/corrected. We need to start discussing them in the fedora-perl-list.

  • Improve the RPM perl scripts (requirements and provides detection)
    • rpm: handle the ‘v’ in “use v5.6.0″ (#140597) (reportedly fixed in rpm5.org's RPM 4.4.3)
    • fix: perldeps and prov.pl not to emit perl(main) (#177960) (reportedly fixed in rpm5.org's RPM 4.4.5)
    • at least try to handle use statements a litte better (eg: use base Module; use autouse Module; ...)
      • Use PPI?
    • Try to have RPM patched in order to create the debuginfo files after the %check section script is executed and not before (right now the files are created after the %install check script is executed). This breaks the signature tests (there are also other problems related to the signature tests in the building environment: network access to import pgg keys, where should they be stored, ...). More information available here and in bug #167252 .
  • How to update core perl modules?
  • The correct @INC directories are still questionable.
  • Have a common dir for noarch modules instead of one for each perl version supported.
  • The magic that is perl(:WITH_xxx) needs to be better documented and explained, so packagers -- and reviewers! -- know:
    • What they are and what they mean
    • When to use them
    • When to _not_ use them
    • Common things to check for that would indicate their usage
  • explore possibilities or merging RPM2 functionality into RPM namespace #671389

Miscellaneous

Packagers/Reviewers/People interested in helping

You can also see people who have tagged their user pages in the Category:SIG Members/Perl.

References

Communication & help