On Saturday 28 July 2001 09:59 pm, Joseph McDonald wrote:
> DT> Once I get Rubicon stable, perhaps it would be an idea to set up a
> DT> network of different machines tat go a CVS update, make, and run make
> DT> test and rubicon every night, reporting their results back to a
> DT> central web site. That way we'd find things like this early. Do people
> DT> think this might work?
>
> Yes!  This was brought up for perl at an O'Reilly conference once.
> The idea was to have uploads to CPAN go through a gauntlet of a bunch
> of OS's.  At the end you had a report of which OS's the module worked
> on.  I think it was a great idea.  I don't know if it ever got
> traction though. Of course they didn't have the nice testing
> facilities that ruby has (I don't think...).

Perl, at least, has a standard distribution format (two of them!), which 
allows quick testing of a distributed module.

perl Makefile.PL
make
make test

If you look at http://search.cpan.org you'll see the results of testing on 
various platforms by volunteer testers.

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