CPAN::Reporter::FAQ - Answers and tips for using CPAN::Reporter
Historically, CPAN Testers was designed to have each tester send a copy of
reports to authors. This philosophy changed in September 2008 and CPAN Testers
tools were updated to no longer copy authors, but some testers may still be
using an older version.
As of CPAN::Reporter 0.46, FAIL and UNKNOWN reports with unsatisfied
prerequisites are discarded. Earlier versions may have sent these reports out
by mistake as either an NA or UNKNOWN report.
PASS reports are not discarded because it may be useful to know when tests
passed despite a missing prerequisite. NA reports are sent because information
about the lack of support for a platform is relevant regardless of
Historically, test reports were sent via ordinary email. The most common reason
for errors sending a report back then was that many Internet Service Providers
(ISP's) would block outbound SMTP (email) connections as part of their efforts
to fight spam.
Since 2010, test reports are sent to the CPAN Testers Metabase over HTTPS. The
most common reason for failures are systems which upgraded CPAN::Reporter but
are still configured to use the deprecated and unsupported email system
instead of Metabase for transport.
If you are unsure which transport mechanism you're using, look for the
"transport" rule in the ".cpanreporter/config.ini" file,
in the user's home directory. See CPAN::Reporter::Config for details on how to
set the "transport" option for Metabase.
Other errors could be caused by the absence of the
".cpanreporter/metabase_id.json" file in the user's home directory.
This file should be manually created prior to sending any reports, via the
"metabase-profile" program. Simply run it and fill in the
information accordingly, and it will create the "metabase_id.json"
file for you. Move that file to your ".cpanreporter" directory and
you're all set.
If you experience intermittent network issues, you can set the
'retry_submission' option to make a second attempt at sending the report a few
seconds later, in case the first one fails. This could be useful for extremely
Finally, lack of Internet connection or firewall filtering will prevent the
report from reaching the CPAN Testers servers. If you are experiencing HTTPS
issues or messages complaining about SSL modules, try installing the
LWP::Protocol::https module and trying again. If all fails, you may still
change the transport uri to use HTTP instead of HTTPS, though this is
There is a delay between the time reports are sent to the Metabase and when they
they appear on the CPAN Testers website. There is a further delay before
summary statistics appear on search.cpan.org. If your reports do not appear
after 24 hours, please contact the cpan-testers-discuss email list
(<http://lists.perl.org/list/cpan-testers-discuss.html>) or join the
"#cpantesters-discuss" IRC channel on "irc.perl.org".
A good place to start is the CPAN Testers Wiki:
CPAN Testers statistics are compiled at <http://stats.cpantesters.org/>
To get credit in the statistics, use the same Metabase profile file and the same
email address wherever you run tests.
David Golden <email@example.com>
This software is Copyright (c) 2006 by David Golden.
This is free software, licensed under:
The Apache License, Version 2.0, January 2004