release testing for module::install

As threatened, I have written and uploaded an improved replacement for Module::Install::AuthorTests. It’s Module::Install::ExtraTests. It’s scary and probably somewhat ill-advised, but it seems to work just fine. It takes away some of the configurability of AuthorTests, but it’s way more useful, I think.

Basically, you add one line to your Makefile.PL:

extra_tests;

That tells it that you might have something like this:

./xt/author/live-tests.t
./xt/release/perl-critic.t
./xt/release/pod.t
./xt/release/pod-coverage.t
./xt/smoke/diag-rig-info.t
./xt/smoke/test-rig.t

The author tests would only be run when run in the author’s working copy (a concept dealt with by Module::Install). The release tests are only run during make disttest, when RELEASE_TESTING has been set. The smoke tests are only run during smoke testing, when AUTOMATED_TESTING has been set.

Making this work required doing ugly things. I’m not sure how reliable it will be, but I’ll make a release or two of things using it, in the next few days, and we’ll see what happens.

Written on April 10, 2008
perl   programming