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ShipIt::Step::Readme - Automatically create README for your Perl Package before releasing


Version 0.03


Just add it to the ShipIt config, after all steps, that edit Pod, because the README file is generated from the Pod of the distris' main file.

    steps = FindVersion, ChangeVersion, ChangePodVersion, Readme, ...

And make sure you have a VERSION or a NAME section in your Pod. The README pod, which is not visible on CPAN, is added after any of them.


This ShipIt::Step autogenerates a README-file from your distris' main package.

Therefore it adds a Pod INSTALLATION section, but only if it does not exist yet. It contains installation instructions, for either an installation via ./Build or an installation via make, depending on the existence of a Build.PL or a Makefile.PL. If neither is found, we die.

The Pod INSTALLATION section is added after the Pod VERSION section, or in case it does not exist, after the Pod NAME section. If neither is found, we die. This section won't be visible on CPAN, and will only appear in your README.

Run this after any ShipIt::Step, that edits Pod. For example ShipIt::Step::ChangePodVersion does that to add a Pod VERSION section to your module. Otherwise the changes made won't be reflected in your README.


Nothing to configure. Drop me an EMail if you have any wishes for configuration.


This is not really tested with distris, which dont't use Build.PL. But from a logic point of view, there shouldn't be any problem. However, contact me if you encounter any problems.


Thomas Mueller, <tmueller at>


Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-shipit-step-readme at, or through the web interface at I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.


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

    perldoc ShipIt::Step::Readme

You can also look for information at:


Copyright 2010 Thomas Mueller.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either: the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; or the Artistic License.

See for more information.

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