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Dist::Zilla::Plugin::Test::Compile - common tests to check syntax of your modules, only using core modules


version 2.033


In your dist.ini:

skip      = Test$
fake_home = 1
needs_display = 1
fail_on_warning = author
bail_out_on_fail = 1


This is a plugin that runs at the gather files stage, providing a test file (configurable, defaulting to t/00-compile.t).

This test will find all modules and scripts in your dist, and try to compile them one by one. This means it's a bit slower than loading them all at once, but it will catch more errors.

The generated test is guaranteed to only depend on modules that are available in core. Most options only require perl 5.6.2; the bail_out_on_fail option requires the version of Test::More that shipped with perl 5.12 (but the test still runs on perl 5.6).

This plugin accepts the following options:

  • filename: the name of the generated file. Defaults to t/00-compile.t.
  • skip: a regex to skip compile test for modules matching it. The match is done against the module name (Foo::Bar), not the file path (lib/Foo/ This option can be repeated to specify multiple regexes.
  • fake_home: a boolean to indicate whether to fake $ENV{HOME}. This may be needed if your module unilaterally creates stuff in the user's home directory: indeed, some cpantesters will smoke test your dist with a read-only home directory. Default to false.
  • needs_display: a boolean to indicate whether to skip the compile test on non-Win32 systems when $ENV{DISPLAY} is not set. Defaults to false.
  • fail_on_warning: a string to indicate when to add a test for warnings during compilation checks. Possible values are:
    • none: do not test for warnings
    • author: test for warnings only when AUTHOR_TESTING is set (default, and recommended)
    • all: always test for warnings (not recommended, as this can prevent installation of modules when upstream dependencies exhibit warnings in a new Perl release)
  • bail_out_on_fail: a boolean to indicate whether the test will BAIL_OUT of all subsequent tests when compilation failures are encountered. Defaults to false.
  • module_finder

    This is the name of a FileFinder for finding modules to check. The default value is :InstallModules; this option can be used more than once. .pod files are always omitted.

    Other predefined finders are listed in "default_finders" in Dist::Zilla::Role::FileFinderUser. You can define your own with the [FileFinder::ByName] plugin.

  • script_finder

    Just like module_finder, but for finding scripts. The default value is :ExecFiles (see also Dist::Zilla::Plugin::ExecDir, to make sure these files are properly marked as executables for the installer).



Jerome Quelin


This software is copyright (c) 2009 by Jerome Quelin.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.


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