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Use MetaCPAN API query data as fallback for package metadata #849

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tomeon commented Feb 10, 2015

Some CPAN packages lack META/MYMETA files, which causes fpm to raise an error and exit. However, the MetaCPAN query returns distribution metadata, so there's no need for the lack of a META file to cause a fatal error.

This pull request merges the MetaCPAN query data with whatever data can be read from a local META file, with the local data taking precedence. If the metadata hash is empty after the merge, a fatal error is raised.

Matt Schreiber added 2 commits Feb 10, 2015

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tomeon commented Feb 11, 2015

On deeper exploration, it appears that some of the attributes that should appear in the metadata hash are not included in the results of the MetaCPAN query. For instance, the 'license' field is associated with queries to, but the code currently queries only

There are a couple of options for getting additional data:

  • More GET requests to the MetaCPAN endpoints, using data gleaned from earlier requests to build up a fuller picture of a package's metadata; or
  • Integrating the elasticsearch gem and using that to query MetaCPAN.

MetaCPAN's only rule is 'be polite', which seems to be operationalized as 'If you're going to query more than 5000 modules, use Elasticsearch'. I don't know what the likelihood is that fpm users will be making such large queries, so I'd tend to go with the first, simpler approach. Thoughts?

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jordansissel commented May 7, 2015

Reviewed the code - looks fine to me :)

As for your other concern for fetching additional data, I am happy to have that as well. If you wish this patch merged first and want to work on the extra data fetching later, I'm OK with that. Let me know :)

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jordansissel commented Nov 7, 2015

Code looks ok; tests pass.


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