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Perl 6


CPAN6 is a follow-up study for CPAN, Perl5's module archive, as a way to distribute released material. There is no commitment to introduce this design as way to distribute Perl5, Perl6 or Parrot material in the future: first the implementation will get evaluated.

The main differences between CPAN and CPAN6 are:

  • it creates any amount of archives and helps you maintain them, where CPAN is only one archive,
  • it is not limited to perl5 use—it can be used for any collection of data, software or even pictures or documents
  • it adds trust in publisher and security during transport, and
  • it keeps track on license and copyright issues.

Other notable CPAN6 features:

  • CPAN6 allows games with archives: automatic mirror discovery, sub-setting (like CPAN-mini), searching
  • release under embargo
  • powerful archive administration rules
  • It can be used to simplify the administrative tasks of ftp-server maintainers.
  • It can be used to organize internal distribution for companies and other organization.



  • CPAN6 was launched during YAPC::EU 2006, and shown at YAPC::EU 2007.
  • CPAN6 components are getting released,
    • XML::Compile, and strict XML-Schema processor
    • XML::Compile::SOAP, a SOAP::Lite replacement
    • XML::Compile::SOAP::Daemon, a SOAP server
    • Log::Report, combining translations with an exception mechamism
    • Log::Report::View
  • CPAN6 specific modules are not released yet, but a lot of progress has been made.


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