++ed by:
Karen Etheridge


Dist::Zilla::Plugin::PromptIfStale - Check at build/release time if modules are out of date


version 0.023


In your dist.ini:

    phase = build
    module = Dist::Zilla
    module = Dist::Zilla::PluginBundle::Author::ME


    check_all_plugins = 1


[PromptIfStale] is a BeforeBuild or BeforeRelease plugin that compares the locally-installed version of a module(s) with the latest indexed version, prompting to abort the build process if a discrepancy is found.

Note that there is no effect on the built dist -- all actions are taken at build time.


  • phase

    Indicates whether the checks are performed at build or release time (defaults to release).

    (Remember that you can use different settings for different phases by employing this plugin twice, with different names.)

  • module

    The name of a module to check for. Can be provided more than once.

  • check_authordeps

    A boolean, defaulting to false, indicating that all authordeps in dist.ini (like what is done by dzil authordeps) should be checked.

    As long as this option is not explicitly set to false, a check is always made for authordeps being installed (but the indexed version is not checked). This serves as a fast way to guard against a build blowing up later through the inadvertent lack of fulfillment of an explicit ; authordep declaration.

  • check_all_plugins

    A boolean, defaulting to false, indicating that all plugins being used to build this distribution should be checked.

  • check_all_prereqs

    A boolean, defaulting to false, indicating that all prerequisites in the distribution metadata should be checked. The modules are a merged list taken from all phases (configure, build, runtime, test and develop) , and the requires, recommends and suggests types.

  • skip

    The name of a module to exempt from checking. Can be provided more than once.

  • fatal

    A boolean, defaulting to false, indicating that missing prereqs will result in an immediate abort of the build/release process, without prompting.

  • index_base_url

    When provided, uses this base URL to fetch 02packages.details.txt.gz instead of the default http://www.cpan.org. Use this when your distribution uses prerequisites found only in your darkpan-like server.



Given a list of modules to check, returns

  • a list reference of modules that are stale (not installed or the version is not at least the latest indexed version

  • a list reference of error messages describing the issues found


Bugs may be submitted through the RT bug tracker (or bug-Dist-Zilla-Plugin-PromptIfStale@rt.cpan.org). I am also usually active on irc, as 'ether' at irc.perl.org.



Karen Etheridge <ether@cpan.org>


This software is copyright (c) 2013 by Karen Etheridge.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.


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