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Dist::Zilla::Chef - Cook your distributions with Dist::Zilla


version 0.003


Dist::Zilla::Chef is a suite of Dist::Zilla commands that help you build & test your dist AND all of its dependencies. The idea is to use Dist::Zilla to establish a workflow for managing and testing dependencies in isolation while your dist grows and evolves.

Dist::Zilla::Chef relies on Pinto to create and manage a local CPAN-like repository containing a snapshot of all the prerequisites that are required by your dist. As your code evolves, you can use the Dist::Zilla::Chef commands to periodically load the repository with any additional prerequisites that your dist needs. At any time, you can build your dist and all of its dependencies in isolation, thus giving you a full test of your entire code stack.

This is alpha code. It is just a proof of concept. It could even be a disproof of concept. You have been warned.


In some ways, creating a dist is like cooking food, and you are the chef! Your dist has many ingredients (dependencies). We store these ingredients in a pantry (Pinto repository). When we are hungry for some code, we cook (build) our dist by combining it with all of the necessary ingredients.

I know, the cooking metaphor isn't perfect. But I needed a coherent set of names for these command plugins. The cooking metaphor seemed reasonable. Who knows, maybe it will get some traction. Suggestions are welcome.


Here's the general workflow for using the Dist::Zilla::Chef commands. For this example, suppose you are going to make a new distribution called Frobulator. So you use dzil to create the basic distribution structure for you...

$> dzil new Frobulator

Now we write some code. Suppose you've decided that the Frobulator is going to use Dancer. We also add an ABSTRACT, which is required by Dist::Zilla...

# in lib/
package Frobulator;

# ABSTRACT: Does stuff

use Dancer;

And after a few minutes of coding, you have a few subroutines and maybe a couple test scripts to accompany Frobulator. Now it is time to cook!

First, you need to gather the "ingredients" for your distribution and "stock" them in the "pantry"...

dzil stock

Dancer (and all of its dependencies) will now be "stocked" in a CPAN-like repository in the pan directory. Now you can "cook" your distribution and all of its dependencies together...

dzil cook

This builds, tests, and installs your distribution into the dlib directory, along with all the dependencies. The result is stashed in the dlib directory.

Now suppose you add a new dependency on Test::More. Once again, we run the stock command to gather any ingredients that are missing from our pantry...

dzil stock

And finally, we cook our distribution again...

dzil cook

But this time, only the new dependencies need to be built, since the dlib directory still has all the dependencies from the last baking.

Over time, the dlib directory may get crufty, or you just might want to cook from scratch again. In that case, you "scrub" your work space to remove the dlib directory...

dzil scrub

Now the next time you cook, Dist::Zilla::Chef will assemble your distribution and all of its dependencies again.



You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

perldoc Dist::Zilla::Chef


The following websites have more information about this module, and may be of help to you. As always, in addition to those websites please use your favorite search engine to discover more resources.

  • Search CPAN

The default CPAN search engine, useful to view POD in HTML format.

  • CPAN Ratings

The CPAN Ratings is a website that allows community ratings and reviews of Perl modules.

  • CPAN Testers

The CPAN Testers is a network of smokers who run automated tests on uploaded CPAN distributions.

  • CPAN Testers Matrix

The CPAN Testers Matrix is a website that provides a visual overview of the test results for a distribution on various Perls/platforms.

  • CPAN Testers Dependencies

The CPAN Testers Dependencies is a website that shows a chart of the test results of all dependencies for a distribution.

Bugs / Feature Requests

Source Code

git clone git://


Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer


This software is copyright (c) 2011 by Imaginative Software Systems.

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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