Mar 212011

Now that the master CPAN repository is hosted by Perl NOC, the first ring of mirrors can use a new “fast sync” rsync that allows any mirror to get updates within 30 seconds of a file changing in the main repository. To use this new fast sync, you need a username/password to connect to the rsync server on the master server. Send mail to to request credentials. Anyone mirroring from FUnet directly should make the switch.

The NOC crew detailed instructions for instant mirroring on the Github wiki.

Mar 212011

There are several feed aggregators for Perl, but now there is going to be one less. Since Planet Perl mostly duplicates the efforts of other aggregators, such as Perlsphere, it’s just extra work for the Perl NOC crew to maintain it. Planet Perl was the first long running aggregator, but since it started many others started and survived. Perl NOC announced that Planet Perl going dormant. It’s not exactly disappearing, but it will be in a deep sleep for a long time. If the community ever needs it again, they can easily wake it up.

Mar 202011, which ran faithfully on FUNET since 1993, has had a long-awaited redesign since it moved its main mirror and website to Perl NOC. This is the start of a big a cleanup for the website on the primary CPAN repository to not only make it more visually appealing, but more useful to the Perl community. This moves gives the community much more control over the workings and relieves the long time CPAN Master Librarian, Jarkko Hietaniemi, a much deserved and long-accrued vacation.

If you’d like to participate, you can fork the cpanorg Github repository then send pull requests.

Mar 152011

This is Perl News, the new web site for keeping up with all that is new in the Perl world.

We have a keen group of site editors who have their fingers on the pulse of the Perl community and they’ll be publishing links here.

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