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7.10: How do I adopt or take over a module already on CPAN?

(contributed by brian d foy)

The easiest way to take over a module is to have the current module
maintainer either make you a co-maintainer or transfer the module to

If you can't reach the author for some reason (e.g. email bounces), the
PAUSE admins at modules(a) can help. The PAUSE admins treat each
case individually.

* Get a login for the Perl Authors Upload Server (PAUSE) if you don't
already have one:

* Write to modules(a) explaining what you did to contact the
current maintainer. The PAUSE admins will also try to reach the

* Post a public message in a heavily trafficked site announcing your
intention to take over the module.

* Wait a bit. The PAUSE admins don't want to act too quickly in case
the current maintainer is on holiday. If there's no response to
private communication or the public post, a PAUSE admin can transfer
it to you.


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