We strongly recommend using metacpan-developer, this will give you a virtual machine already configured and ready to start developing on.
$ vagrant ssh $ cd /home/metacpan/metacpan.org $ perl bin/daemon_control.pl start
You'll find some log files in var/logs.
If you prefer not to use the VM, the following commands will get you started: commands can be converted to:
$ carton install $ ./bin/prove t $ carton exec plackup -p 5001 -r
Local configuration changes
The backend defaults to
api.metacpan.org. Running a local API server is
optional and not required to hack on the front-end. The address to the API
user can be changed in the
metacpan_web.conf file. Ideally you would create a
new file called
metacpan_web_local.conf that contains
api http://127.0.0.1:5000 api_external http://127.0.0.1:5000 api_secure http://127.0.0.1:5000 api_external_secure http://127.0.0.1:5000
which will be loaded on top of the existing config file.
On Win32 (and possibly also on other platforms) when using Perl < 5.12, the server started with plackup will generate warnings relating to date parsing. These are caused by Plack due to a bug in the gmtime implementation and can be removed by upgrading to Perl 5.12.