Perl scripts to run my personal Gemlog and my professional Website
Install CPAN modules without testing if in CI
Email me when the build fails
Install additional missing dependencies


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You can also use your local clone with git send-email.


Halp mascot

Halp is a simple templating Web and Gemini static generator, written in Perl 5.

It was created to scratch an itch: to generate both my personal Gemini capsule and my professional Web site using the same basic mechanism.

builds.sr.ht status


  1. Perl 5 (5.10 or later).
  2. The following CPAN modules:
    1. Clone
    2. Data::Dump
    3. File::Copy::Recursive
    4. File::Slurp
    5. HTML::HTML5::ToText
    6. Mojolicious
    7. Test::Exception
    8. Text::Template
    9. Try::Tiny
    10. XML::Atom::SimpleFeed

Note that scripts/cpan-dependencies.sh will set these up for you, assuming you have CPAN installed.


$ prove -rv t


halp is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License 3.0.



#1. why Perl?

I have several goals for Halp:

  1. Long-lived. Ideally, it'll last me for at least a decade, maybe more.
  2. Highly portable. I don't want to be tied to the "big three" of macOS, GNU/Linux, and Windows - Plan 9 is still on my radar for the future.
  3. Safe. This means, e.g., not having to roll my own crypto or template libraries.
  4. Not a Google product.

This led me to a pretty short shortlist:

  1. The Plan 9 dialect of C.
  2. rc shell.
  3. Perl 5.

Having spent a few years as a professional C coder I'm reluctant to reach for it for any text-heavy task. rc is okay but I don't find it terribly easy to read - I struggled a bit with Werc. That left ... Perl!

#2. what on earth is that mascot?

It's "Purlapin", a mascot created by Stable Diffusion and named by Chat GPT. It's just too surreal not to use even though I have no idea what it is.