Wednesday, March 23, 2011 updates, round 2

A followup to the updates from last sunday to CPAN.  Since earlier today we updated again and:

  • It now looks even better!

  • European users of are served from a server in Europe.  The DNS magic for this is powered by our friends at Dynect (aka the business version of DynDNS). Their system also monitors the mirrors in the pool once a minute, so if either of them fails, DNS gets updated within a moment or two.  As I said, like magic.  Thanks DynDNS!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Run a CPAN mirror? New master mirror active!

If you run a CPAN mirror, please subscribe to the announcements-only cpan-mirrors mailing list by emailing cpan-mirrors-subscribe at

From a posting just made there (first in ~7 years):

If you are currently mirroring from or (in particular) from, please change your mirror source to be rsync:// -- let us know at when you've changed the mirror source so we can update the MIRRORED.BY file.

Other related news: will soon be a "distributed tier 1 mirror" — and we need tier 1 rsync mirrors!   Rather than use plain rsync, we'll use our new "instant mirroring" system that allows a mirror to be up-to-date within 30 seconds of a file being uploaded to PAUSE with very little overhead.

If you want to help be a tier 1 mirror, please see the wiki page on the "instant mirroring" test: — send a mail to to get an rsync username/password for the "tier 0 master mirror" if you are going to setup a tier 1 rsync mirror.

And just to be clear: If you are mirroring from anywhere else than FUnet, you can just keep your current mirroring arrangement in place.

Planet Perl is going dormant

Planet Perl is going dormant.  This will be the last post there for a while.

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Why?  There are better ways to get your Perl blog fix these days.

You might enjoy some of the following:

Will Planet Perl awaken again in the future?  It might!  The universe is a big place, filled with interesting places, people and things.  You never know what might happen, so keep your towel handy.  

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Big update

CPAN has gotten its first real update in a while tonight; the content is from the cpanorg git repository.

We tried to get the FAQ cleaned up a bit (though there's plenty of work left) and Leo Lapworth pretty heroically also did a first pass on cleaning up the ports page.

You might also notice a search box for which we find appropriate, a list of recently uploaded modules on the homepage and a new page on how to mirror CPAN.

If you read the latter page, you'll see that the master mirror is now (rsync only).  In the coming weeks we'll work on encouraging the CPAN mirrors to switch to mirror from here to ease the load on FUnet, the sponsor of the master mirror for the last 15 years.

Work is also coming along well on the instant update mirroring system.

 - ask

Monday, March 7, 2011

CPAN Phishing

You may recently have received an email that looks like the one below.  In poor English, it asks for your "CPAN password" and birthday.  We're pretty sure that none of you would actually have replied, but if you did, you've been caught by a phishing attack.  Change your password ASAP!

We will never-ever-ever ask for your password via email.

Our friends at have produced a great summary of phishing.


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