Pinto - Curate a repository of Perl modules
See pinto to create and manage a Pinto repository.
See pintod to allow remote access to your Pinto repository.
See Pinto::Manual for more information about the Pinto tools.
Stratopan for hosting your Pinto repository in the cloud.
Pinto is an application for creating and managing a custom CPAN-like repository of Perl modules. The purpose of such a repository is to provide a stable, curated stack of dependencies from which you can reliably build, test, and deploy your application using the standard Perl tool chain. Pinto supports various operations for gathering and managing distribution dependencies within the repository, so that you can control precisely which dependencies go into your application.
A Pinto repository can have multiple indexes. Each index corresponds to a "stack" of dependencies that you can control. So you can have one stack for development, one for production, one for feature-xyz, and so on. You can also branch and merge stacks to experiment with new dependencies or upgrades.
Sometimes, you discover that a new version of a dependency is incompatible with your application. Pinto allows you to "pin" a dependency to a stack, which prevents it from being accidentally upgraded (either directly or via some other dependency).
When things go wrong, you can roll back any of the indexes in your Pinto repository to a prior revision. Also, you can view the complete history of index changes as you add or upgrade dependencies.
Pinto can pull dependencies from multiple sources, so you can create private (or public) networks of repositories that enable separate teams or individuals to collaborate and share Perl modules.
Pinto is suitable for small to medium-sized development teams and supports concurrent users. Pinto also has a web service interface (via pintod), so remote developers can use a centrally hosted repository.
The pinto utility has commands and options to control every aspect of your Pinto repository. They are well documented and behave in the customary UNIX fashion.
You can extend Pinto by creating Pinto::Action subclasses to perform new operations on your repository, such as extracting documentation from a distribution, or grepping the source code of several distributions.
In some ways, Pinto is similar to PAUSE. Both are capable of accepting distributions and constructing a directory structure and index that Perl installers understand. But there are some important differences:
Over the years, PAUSE has evolved complicated heuristics for dealing with all the different ways that Perl code is written and packaged. Pinto is much less sophisticated, and only aspires to produce an index that is "good enough" for most situations.
PAUSE has a system of assigning ownership and co-maintenance permission of modules to specific people. Pinto does not have any such permission system. All activity is logged so you can identify the culprit, but Pinto expects you to be accountable for your actions.
PAUSE requires authors to authenticate themselves before they can upload or remove modules. Pinto does not require authentication, so any user with sufficient file permission can potentially change the repository. However pintod does support HTTP authentication, which gives you some control over access to a remote repository.
For now, the Pinto API is private and subject to radical change without notice. Any API documentation you see is purely for my own references. In the meantime, the command line utilities mentioned in the "SYNOPSIS" are your public user interface.
You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.
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.
A modern, open-source CPAN search engine, useful to view POD in HTML format.
The CPAN Ratings is a website that allows community ratings and reviews of Perl modules.
The CPANTS is a website that analyzes the Kwalitee ( code metrics ) of a distribution.
The CPAN Testers is a network of smokers who run automated tests on uploaded CPAN distributions.
The CPAN Testers Matrix is a website that provides a visual overview of the test results for a distribution on various Perls/platforms.
The CPAN Testers Dependencies is a website that shows a chart of the test results of all dependencies for a distribution.
You can get live help by using IRC ( Internet Relay Chat ). If you don't know what IRC is, please read this excellent guide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Relay_Chat. Please be courteous and patient when talking to us, as we might be busy or sleeping! You can join those networks/channels and get help:
You can connect to the server at 'irc.perl.org' and join this channel: #pinto then talk to this person for help: thaljef.
The code is open to the world, and available for you to hack on. Please feel free to browse it and play with it, or whatever. If you want to contribute patches, please send me a diff or prod me to pull from your repository :)
git clone git://github.com/thaljef/Pinto.git
Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer <email@example.com>
This software is copyright (c) 2013 by Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer.