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CPANTesters Deploy

This repository contains deploy scripts and configuration files for the CPANTesters servers.

Getting Started

Running the VM

To run the VM, you need Vagrant, VirtualBox, and some Vagrant plugins. Install Vagrant and VirtualBox according to your OS, and then to install the Vagrant plugins:

$ vagrant plugin vbguest

Preparing the VM

To prepare the VM by deploying basic packages and creating user accounts, you need Rex installed. Rex is available from CPAN: cpan Rex. The VM you create can take on multiple roles. To see what roles are available and how to deploy them, run perldoc ./Rexfile.

In order to run the Rex task on your VM, make sure to pass the -E vm flag to rex.

Deploying Applications

Each repository in the CPAN Testers application has its own Rexfile to deploy itself into the machine prepared by this repository. All of the repository Rexfiles also support the -E vm flag to deploy into the VM.

These repositories are:

Architecture Overview

This is a quick overview of the CPANTesters architecture as managed by this repository.

Database and Metabase

The primary source of CPANTesters data is the Metabase. This is the database that the CPANTesters reporters write to. This database is managed elsewhere.

The CPANTesters project reads from the Metabase and writes raw data and report summaries to a local MySQL database. This local MySQL database is managed here.

Backend ETL

The backend processes read from the Metabase and writes to the local database. These processes also send out the regular report e-mails, summarize the raw reports in to easily-queried tables, and maintain the data the web app requires.

Web app

The CPANTesters web app is the final piece and uses the MySQL database and the data the Backend ETL provides to make a frontend that users can use. There are also APIs available from the web frontend.

Repository Overview


CPANTesters is managed with Rex. The Rexfile contains the main routines for the CPANTesters deploy processes. To see the documentation for deploying, do perldoc ./Rexfile.


This directory contains the scripts that maintain the CPANTesters data, reading incoming test reports and summarizing into the database tables.


This directory contains configuration files and templates which are deployed to the servers.


The application distributions. These are synced from the source by a Rex task, and are not included in this repository.

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