Module::CPANTS::Kwalitee::Distros - Information retrieved from the various Linux and other distributions


The metrics here are based on data provided by the various downstream packaging systems.




Defines the order in which Kwalitee tests should be run.



Returns the Kwalitee Indicators datastructure.

  • distributed_by_debian

    True if the module (package) is repackaged by the Debian-Perl team and you can install it using the package management system of Debian.

  • latest_version_distributed_by_debian

    True if the latest version of the module (package) is repackaged by Debian

  • has_no_bugs_reported_in_debian

    True for if the module is distributed by Debian and no bugs were reported.

  • has_no_patches_in_debian

    True for if the module is distributed by Debian and no patches applied.


CPAN_dist, the name of CPAN distribution is inferred from the download location, for Debian packages. It works 99% of the time, but it is not completely reliable. If it fails to detect something, it will spit out the known download location.

CPAN_vers, the version number reported by Debian is inferred from the debian version. This fails a lot, since Debian has a mechanism for "unmangling" upstream versions which is non-reversible. We have to use that many times to fix versioning problems, and those packages will show a different version (e.g. 1.080 vs 1.80)

The first problem is something the Debian people like to solve by adding metadata to the packages, for many other useful stuff (like automatic upstream bug tracking and handling). About the second... well, it's a difficult one.

CPANTS does not yet handle the second issue.


Basic homepage:$pkgname

Detalied homepage:$pkgname

Bugs report:$pkgname

Public SVN repository:$pkg

From that last URL, you might be interested in the debian/ and debian/patches subdirectories.




Thomas Klausner, <>, and Gabor Szabo, <>, with the help of Martín Ferrari and the Debian Perl packaging team.


Copyright (C) 2003-2009 Thomas Klausner Copyright (C) 2006-2008 Gabor Szabo

You may use and distribute this module according to the same terms that Perl is distributed under.

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