This is to announce the resurrection of the packrats mailing list for
people interested in archiving things of interest to the Perl community.
Simply send a message with 'subscribe packrats <email@example.com>' in
the body, an empty subject, to 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.
What is this list about?
Way back in 1993 the packrats list was organised to discuss archiving
Perl-ish bits and generally keeping track of things of interest. This
list, among other things, is noted for helping to establish CPAN in
the form which we now know and love.
The list, sadly, fizzled out in 1995.
Since then, Perl has changed quite much with a community of users that is
growing everyday. However, other than CPAN, there isn't a centralised
group of people who are interested in archiving things that CPAN doesn't
as well as things that may be of interest to the community in years to
This list will, hopefully, be an extension of the work being done at
history.perl.org and stir interest in cataloging, organising and
archiving all the Perl-ish bits that fall through the cracks and into
One idea would be to collect and archive the more noteable JAPH's and
the haiku's inspired by Damian Conway's Coy.pm.
So, please join the fun of sifting for gems worth saving for next week,
next month, or 10 years from now.
"Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana
"...too often it is those who can remember the past who are condemned to
repeat it." -Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
"If they do remember it and repeat it, one hopes it is the more
enjoyable parts like chocolate or espresso." -HFB