Dist::Zilla::Plugin::Git::GatherDir - Gather all tracked files in a Git working directory


version 2.048


In your dist.ini:

    root = .                     ; this is the default
    prefix =                     ; this is the default
    include_dotfiles = 0         ; this is the default
    include_untracked = 0        ; this is the default
    exclude_filename = dir/skip  ; there is no default
    exclude_match = ^local_      ; there is no default


This is a trivial variant of the GatherDir plugin. It looks in the directory named in the "root" attribute and adds all the Git tracked files it finds there (as determined by git ls-files). If the root begins with a tilde, the tilde portion is passed through glob() first.

Most users just need:


...and this will pick up all tracked files from the current directory into the dist. You can use it multiple times, as you can any other plugin, by providing a plugin name. For example, if you want to include external specification files into a subdir of your dist, you might write:

  ; this plugin needs no config and gathers most of your files

  [Git::GatherDir / SpecFiles]
  ; this plugin gets all tracked files in the root dir and adds them under ./spec
  root   = ~/projects/my-project/spec
  prefix = spec



This is the directory in which to look for files. If not given, it defaults to the dist root -- generally, the place where your dist.ini or other configuration file is located. It may begin with ~ (or ~user) to mean your (or some other user's) home directory. If a relative path, it's relative to the dist root. It does not need to be the root of a Git repository, but it must be inside a repository.


This parameter can be set to gather all the files found under a common directory. See the description above for an example.


By default, files will not be included if they begin with a dot. This goes both for files and for directories relative to the root.

In almost all cases, the default value (false) is correct.


By default, files not tracked by Git will not be gathered. If this is set to a true value, then untracked files not covered by a Git ignore pattern (i.e. those reported by git ls-files -o --exclude-standard) are also gathered (and you'll probably want to use Git::Check to ensure all files are checked in before a release).

include_untracked requires at least Git 1.5.4, but you should probably not use it if your Git is older than Versions before that would not list files matched by your .gitignore, even if they were already being tracked by Git (which means they will not be gathered, even though they should be). Whether that is a problem depends on the contents of your exclude files (including the global one, if any).

Git::GatherDir does not honor GatherDir's follow_symlinks option. While the attribute exists (because Git::GatherDir is a subclass), setting it has no effect.

Directories that are symlinks will not be gathered. Instead, you'll get a message saying WARNING: %s is symlink to directory, skipping it. To suppress the warning, add that directory to exclude_filename or exclude_match. To gather the files in the symlinked directory, use a second instance of GatherDir or Git::GatherDir with appropriate root and prefix options.

Files which are symlinks are always gathered.


To exclude certain files from being gathered, use the exclude_filename option. This may be used multiple times to specify multiple files to exclude.


This is just like exclude_filename but provides a regular expression pattern. Files matching the pattern are not gathered. This may be used multiple times to specify multiple patterns to exclude.


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Jerome Quelin


This software is copyright (c) 2009 by Jerome Quelin.

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