rx and module::pluggable; thanks, cpan testers!
There’s been a fresh outburst of acrimony about how CPAN testers just send unpleasant and useless email to people who don’t care and can’t benefit. Coincidentally, I got one of the most useful bug reports I’ve gotten in a long time from an automated tester.
I got a test
report that seemed completely bizarre. I got another one from the same tester with the same message, too. It was complaining:
Can't locate Data/Rx/CoreType/int/SUPER.pm
What? I never tried to load that module. The closet I came was, in Data::Rx::Coretype::int, having this code:
Clearly this tester was on drugs, right, and had done something insane in his rig that no “real user” would ever do?
I contacted SREZIC, the smoker and he said he didn’t know just what happened, but that the versions of Module::Pluggable differed between those two machines (which had 3.1) and another machine that passed (3.9).
Aha! It turns out that prior to Module::Pluggable 3.7, its inner-package
finder (intended to find multiple packages inside of files) would find that
SUPER call and try to load
Now I can update the prerequisite version for my dist to avoid this bug, and I’ve learned about a generally important to know about bug in a common module.
Thanks, CPAN Testers!