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How to take over maintenance of a module

by syphilis (Archbishop)
on Jul 24, 2007 at 15:11 UTC ( #628495=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

syphilis has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:


Me and my big mouth ... I recently sent an email to a certain CPAN author that basically said "Hey, are you ever going to update your module ?".

This guy (being obviously fairly street-smart) replied "Nope, I'm far too busy. Would you like to take it over ? ... What's the procedure ?" Naturally, I freaked, and dropped the whole issue like a hot potato.

I've since been thinking that, perhaps, I could take this particular module over. It currently won't build for me under both mandriva and cygwin (though it builds fine on native Windows) ... and I can probably fix that. (That is, I can probably break it on "native Windows" as well as mandriva and linux :-)

Which leads me back to his question ... just where do I find "the procedure" that he asked about ?

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Re: How to take over maintenance of a module
by fmerges (Chaplain) on Jul 24, 2007 at 15:28 UTC


    How to maintain a module

    Basically you deal it with the original author, and then you would need to have a PAUSE ID to upload the new module. As far as I know.


    As lima1 said there's this option in PAUSE.

    This link talks more about the topic:


    fmerges at
Re: How to take over maintenance of a module
by lima1 (Curate) on Jul 24, 2007 at 15:32 UTC
    The maintainer can "Pass primary maintainership status to somebody else" in PAUSE ( So just request an PAUSE account and tell this guy your PAUSE login name.
      Hi lima1, fmerges,

      I know I'm probably being somewhat dim ... but I followed those links you guys posted and still couldn't see how maintainership could be passed from one person to another. I already have a PAUSE ID, so the only issue is the mechanics of how to transfer the maintainership.

      In the interim, I've discovered that the problems with linux and cygwin are more'n'likely perl and cygwin bugs (respectively) - as opposed to bugs in the module itself. There's a good chance that I won't be applying for maintainership after all :-) (See my upcoming SoPW "Mandriva and C++").

      Thanks guys.

        When the current maintainer logs into, there will be options to make you a "CO-MAINT" of the particular module. That's how it is done when the current maintainer is present and cooperating.

        Since you have a PAUSE ID, your part is now just to tell the maintainer to do this, and give them your PAUSE ID.

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