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CPAN spec file generator

I've been working off and on for the last few weeks on a script for
generating a spec file for Perl modules from CPAN.  The current
version is here:


I started noticing that source rpms generated by cpanflute2 needed a
lot of very redundant cleanup, although they would almost always
build.  This script goes for the opposite approach.  The spec file
generated is meant to be clean and correct (suitable for submitting to
fedora.us), since fixing build problems is usually fairly trivial.

This script currently does the following:

  * Gets the name and version from the tar file name.  (This probably
    works for 99% of the modules on CPAN, but there are a few notable
  * Parses any README files for something suitable for %description.
    (I have a plan to make the guesses a bit better, but the current
    code works on a lot of modules.)
  * Guesses at what files should be included as %doc.
  * Gets BuildRequires from PREREQ_PM in Makefile.PL.
  * Sets URL and Source0 to actual (probably correct) URLs.

And there's probably other things I'm forgetting.  :-)

Of course, the idea is to eventually either migrate these features
into cpanflute2 or obsolete it by moving its features into this
script.  (I don't really care either way.)

To run the script, just provide the path to one or more tar files from
CPAN on the command line.  I haven't implemented any usage message
(yet), so if you don't give it a list, it just won't do anything.

This message is all of the documentation that exists at the moment,
but if anyone other than me finds it useful, I'll fix that.  :-)

Steven Pritchard - K&S Pritchard Enterprises, Inc.
Email: steve kspei com             http://www.kspei.com/
Phone: (618)398-7360               Mobile: (618)567-7320

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