Zilla::Dist - Dist::Zilla Mixed Up
> zild > # Edit the Meta file. > make release
This module is a formalization of a Perl package directory layout and release process that I have been evolving for some time. I use the same layout for Bash, Ruby, Python and Node.js package publishing.
Zilla::Dist provides a Makefile and set of scripts that take a modern code layout and transform it into something that looks like a standard old Perl distribution. Under the hood
zild generates everything that Dist::Zilla wants and lets
dzil do the heavy lifting, but you never need to interact with
Dist::Zilla stuff directly.
A fully stacked top level CPAN package repository might look like this:
Changes # History in YAML Contributing # A generated instruction file for contributing Makefile # Automation of test, dist, publish, etc Meta # Meta info for all metadata needs (including dzil) ReadMe.pod # Generated from `doc/Module.swim` bin/ # Scripts doc/ # Swim docs ext/ # External repos (subrepos) eg/ # Examples lib/ # Perl `.pm` code pkg/ # Packaging related files note/ # Project notes, todo lists, ideas, specs, etc share/ # Shared files to distribute test/ # Test suite .travis.yml # Travis file (generated)
Note a few things:
These are the best of from all the package systems I've used. They make me happy, and not tied to poor legacy standards.
Zilla::Dist provides a Makefile to do everything. You get a new Makefile with:
> zild [setup]
And you can refresh it later with:
> make update
make help to get a list of all the targets. Here are the most important targets:
Build the dist, then
Run the test suite.
Build and install the software. Same as install from CPAN.
Install the prereqs from CPAN that are listed in the
Turn repo into a
Dist::Zilla ready subdirectory called
./cpan/. This directory has a
Basically the same as
make cpan; cd cpan; dzil build.
Start by running:
and you'll get a
Makefile and a
Meta file template. You need to customize the
Meta file and leave the
To do a release, just set a new
version in the Meta file and add a
Changes section using the same version. Then run:
cpan-uploadto send the dist to CPAN.
git pushthe repo and tag upstream.
This section lists all the things that actually happen during the
make release step.
…to be completed…
I've published a lot of packages in a lot of programming languages. I like taking the best ideas and spreading them around. I like reusing ideas and code and tools as much as possible between these packages.
I trust dzil to DTRT with regard to the CPAN release process. I use almost the exact same
dist.ini for some 50 CPAN packages that I've converted so far.
I don't like cluttered repos and adding new metadata files for each new tool that needs one. The
dist.ini file is not bad, but I can generate it from metadata easily. So I do.
As much as these great new ideas differ from the norm, I want my CPAN publishings to be normal to normal mongers (if there's such a thing). The
make releasse process does just that. End users would have to look hard to know this wasn't a "normal" dzil release.
I'm packaging this packaging process as Zilla::Dist for others to use. It's also a decent example of a CPAN package packaged with itself.
dzil, the only
zild command you ever use is
zild (with no arguments) to get the Zilla::Dist
Meta file. After that, all Zilla::Dist commands are
Some of the tools in Zilla::Dist are Bash, some are Perl. I'm doing a lot in the area of Bash Package packaging. See http://bpan.org.
I use the term
Package where CPAN people have used the term
Distribution. Perl is the only language (in my packaging experience) to do so.
t/ is another outlier. The most common is
test/ followed by
I don't like plural directory names. Try singular. I think you'll like it too.
ALLCAPSFILENAMES ARE TOO LOUD! ChillOut.
People think that committing generated code/files is a bad idea and in general I concur, but there are exceptions.
Sometimes tools like Travis-CI require you to commit a config file. Zilla::Dist generates these files from metadata, which is a whole lot easier than maintaining them yourself, but you end up commiting generated code.
dist.ini file is only needed locally, however, during dist build time, so no need to commit that.
In general, when an external tool requires files, and it's easiest to generate those files, it's OK to commit generated code.
Ingy döt Net <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copyright 2014. Ingy döt Net.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.