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by marto (Cardinal)
on Jun 25, 2018 at 10:24 UTC ( #1217350=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help?? has had some issues for many years. Previously I've spent some time trying to diagnose and fix some of them, but in these cases couldn't reproduce the problems locally. Fortunately an alternative has been developed. Take a look at

Update: For clarity, I have nothing to do with, I just thought the announcement was worth posting here.

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Re: - An alternative to
by tobyink (Canon) on Jun 25, 2018 at 12:02 UTC

    Quite a clean interface. While I don't dislike your solution for dealing with CPAN modules (redirect to MetaCPAN), it might be cool to use the MetaCPAN API to fetch the pod for the module and display it locally.

      For clarity, while I'd looked at some of the perldoc.perl problems previously, I've nothing to do with the solution, I just thought it was PM news worthy.

Re: - An alternative to
by jdporter (Chancellor) on Jun 25, 2018 at 16:29 UTC is currently being flagged as malware by ...
    even though VirusTotal gives it a clean bill of health. :-(

    I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.

      Well, I mean, it's a dot pl. It's clearly an unknown executable at the very domain level! The hackers are getting cagey.

      This reminds me of the CC fraud software that let me buy a very expensive TV from an outlet across the country without question but flagged my purchase of an ice cream cone a few blocks from my house as fraud.

        When I worked at a bank, we weren't able to check the nearest pub's daily menu on the web, as they used Wordpress to create the pages, and the daily menu was uploaded to the upload/ folder, which was blacklisted by the bank. I had to file a request to whitelist the given page, and renew it every quarter.

        ($q=q:Sq=~/;[c](.)(.)/;chr(-||-|5+lengthSq)`"S|oS2"`map{chr |+ord }map{substrSq`S_+|`|}3E|-|`7**2-3:)=~y+S|`+$1,++print+eval$q,q,a,

      Well spotted! Looks like the IP it resolves to may have been used for suspected shenanigans in the past. I'll feed this back.

      Update: Well, that seemed like a copy/paste fail, missing the leading digit. I'll do some more digging when I'm in a position to setup OpenDNS here, and test the domain.

      Sorry for the late follow up, I've been unable to get this to flag as malware on opendns, using their servers and the nslookup check. Is this still the case for you?

        Thank you for trying. Yes, it still comes up as malware when I check. Going via the web, I get the same "blocked" message, diagnostic details below. Using nslookup, resolves to, which is

        ACType 0
        Block Type security
        Bundle ID 668539
        Domain Tagging -
        IP Address
        Org ID 2254635
        Origin ID 98429921
        Prefs -
        Server ash24
        Time 2018-07-02 14:47:37.242653379 +0000 UTC m=+2406521.020016419
        I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.
Re: - An alternative to
by jdporter (Chancellor) on Jul 05, 2018 at 16:02 UTC has had some issues for many years.

    I'm curious about what those may be. I also wonder what, if any, issues might have. That is: would switching to the latter be a clear and definite improvement for us?

    I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.

      Since seems to be drifting I've asked the question of the webmasters if there is any merit recommending/adopting

      For reference, I've had a response to say that the maintainers of are working on some updates.

      The main issue I looked at (way back) was the fact that the module list did not match the version of perl. Many more modules were missing. I was unable to replicate the issue locally, perhaps it's an environment problem. has some other issues.

Re: - An alternative to
by Anonymous Monk on Jun 25, 2018 at 12:18 UTC

    Good choice (perl(1)) for the default page. Needless to say domain name is SWEET!

Re: - An alternative to
by marto (Cardinal) on Jul 21, 2018 at 07:21 UTC
      A java search engine for perldocs? lol
        The PostgreSQL and SQLite full text search options aren't exactly Perl either.

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