Dist::Zilla::PluginBundle::Author::ETHER - A plugin bundle for distributions built by ETHER


version 0.162


In your dist.ini:



This is a Dist::Zilla plugin bundle. It is very approximately equal to the following dist.ini (following the preamble), minus some optimizations:

    [Prereqs / pluginbundle version]
    -phase = develop
    -relationship = recommends
    Dist::Zilla::PluginBundle::Author::ETHER = <current installed version>

    ;;; Before Build
    [PromptIfStale / stale modules, build]
    phase = build
    module = Dist::Zilla::Plugin::Author::ETHER

    ;;; ExecFiles
    dir = script    ; only if script dir exists

    ;;; Finders
    [FileFinder::ByName / Examples]
    dir = examples

    ;;; Gather Files
    :version = 2.016
    exclude_filename = CONTRIBUTING
    exclude_filename = INSTALL
    exclude_filename = LICENCE
    exclude_filename = LICENSE
    exclude_filename = META.json
    exclude_filename = Makefile.PL
    exclude_filename =
    exclude_filename = README.pod
    exclude_filename = TODO
    exclude_filename = cpanfile
    exclude_filename = inc/ExtUtils/MakeMaker/Dist/Zilla/
    exclude_filename = ppport.h

    :version = 5.038
    filename = LICENCE  ; for distributions where I have authority

    [CPANFile] ; iff cpanfile = 1

    [GenerateFile::FromShareDir / generate CONTRIBUTING]
    -dist = Dist-Zilla-PluginBundle-Author-ETHER
    -filename = CONTRIBUTING
    has_xs = <dynamically-determined flag>
    :version = 1.200005

    :version = 2.039
    bail_out_on_fail = 1
    xt_mode = 1
    script_finder = :PerlExecFiles
    script_finder = Examples

    :version = 0.08
    finder = :InstallModules
    finder = :ExecFiles
    finder = Examples
    finder = :TestFiles
    finder = :ExtraTestFiles

    :version = 0.17
    finder = :InstallModules
    finder = :ExecFiles
    finder = Examples
    finder = :TestFiles
    finder = :ExtraTestFiles

    :version = 0.012
    :version = 2.000010
    max_target_perl = 5.006
    :version = 5.040
    :version = 5.040
    :version = 2.006003
    stopwords = irc
    directory = examples
    directory = lib
    directory = script
    directory = t
    directory = xt

    ;[Test::Pod::LinkCheck]     many outstanding bugs
    :version = 1.003
    :version = 2.10
    filename = xt/author/kwalitee.t
    :version = 0.8
    :version = 0.022
    verify_prereqs = 1
    version_extractor = Module::Metadata
    include = Encode
    include = File::Temp
    include = JSON::PP
    include = Module::Runtime
    include = Pod::Coverage
    include = Sub::Name
    include = YAML
    include = autodie
    :version = 2.000007
    :version = 0.006

    ;;; Munge Files
    :version = 0.004
    on_package_line = 1

    [PodWeaver] (or [SurgicalPodWeaver])
    :version = 4.008
    config_plugin = @Author::ETHER ; unless weaver.ini is present
    replacer = replace_with_comment
    post_code_replacer = replace_with_nothing

    ;;; Metadata
    [GithubMeta]    ; (if server = 'github' or omitted)
    :version = 0.54
    homepage = 0
    issues = 0

    bugtracker.rt = 1       ; (if issues = 'rt' or omitted)
    ; (plus repository.* = 1 if server = 'gitmo' or 'p5sagit')

    :version = 1.009
    authority = cpan:ETHER
    do_munging = 0

    directory = corpus
    directory = demo
    directory = examples
    directory = fatlib
    directory = inc
    directory = local
    directory = perl5
    directory = share
    directory = t
    directory = xt

    :version = 1.15000002
    finder = :InstallModules
    meta_noindex = 1
    inherit_version = 0
    inherit_missing = 0

    :version = 0.004

    ; if we are releasing with a new perl with -DDEFAULT_INC_EXCLUDES_DOT set
    dot_in_INC = 0

    ;[Git::Contributors]    ; below
    ;[StaticInstall]        ; below

    ;;; Register Prereqs
    :version = 5.038
    phase = x_Dist_Zilla        ; (or whatever 'plugin_prereq_phase' is set to)
    relation = requires         ; (or whatever 'plugin_prereq_relationship' is set to)
    :version = 1.006
    configure_finder = :NoFiles

    [Prereqs / prereqs for @Author::ETHER]
    -phase = x_Dist_Zilla       ; (or whatever 'plugin_prereq_phase' is set to)
    -relationship = requires    ; (or whatever 'plugin_prereq_relationship' is set to)
    ...all the plugins this bundle uses...

    ;;; Install Tool
    ; <specified installer(s)>

    :version = 0.029
    order_by = commits

    :version = 0.005
    mode = auto
    dry_run = 1  ; only if authority is not ETHER

    ;;; Test Runner
    ; <specified installer(s)>
    :version = 0.024
    default_jobs = 9

    ;;; After Build

    [Run::AfterBuild / .ackrc]
    :version = 0.038
    quiet = 1
    run = bash -c "test -e .ackrc && grep -q -- '--ignore-dir=.latest' .ackrc || echo '--ignore-dir=.latest' >> .ackrc; if [[ `dirname '%d'` != .build ]]; then test -e .ackrc && grep -q -- '--ignore-dir=%d' .ackrc || echo '--ignore-dir=%d' >> .ackrc; fi"
    [Run::AfterBuild / .latest]
    :version = 0.041
    quiet = 1
    fatal_errors = 0
    eval = if ('%d' =~ /^%n-[.[:xdigit:]]+$/) { unlink '.latest'; symlink '%d', '.latest'; }

    ;;; Before Release
    decimal_only = 1

    [PromptIfStale / stale modules, release]
    phase = release
    check_all_plugins = 1
    check_all_prereqs = 1

    [Git::Check / initial check]
    allow_dirty =


    :version = 0.004
    release_branch = master

    branch = master
    remote_branch = master

    :version = 0.019
    [Git::Check / after tests]
    allow_dirty =

    ;;; Releaser

    ;;; After Release
    [Run::AfterRelease / remove old LICENCE]    ; if switching from LICENCE -> LICENSE
    :version = 0.038
    quiet = 1
    eval = unlink 'LICENCE'

    [Run::AfterRelease / remove old LICENSE]    ; if switching from LICENSE -> LICENCE
    :version = 0.038
    quiet = 1
    eval = unlink 'LICENSE'

    [Run::AfterRelease / remove old READMEs]
    :version = 0.038
    quiet = 1
    eval = unlink ''

    [CopyFilesFromRelease / copy generated files]
    filename = CONTRIBUTING
    filename = INSTALL
    filename = LICENCE
    filename = LICENSE
    filename = ppport.h
    filename = cpanfile     ; iff cpanfile = 1

    :version = 0.142180
    type = pod
    location = root
    phase = release

    ;;;;;; begin [@Git::VersionManager]

    ; this is actually a VersionProvider and FileMunger
    :version = 0.004
    global = 1
    fallback_version_provider = Git::NextVersion
    version_regexp = ^v([\d._]+)(-TRIAL)?$

    [CopyFilesFromRelease / copy Changes]
    filename = Changes

    [Git::Commit / release snapshot]
    :version = 2.020
    add_files_in = .
    allow_dirty = CONTRIBUTING
    allow_dirty = Changes
    allow_dirty = INSTALL
    allow_dirty = LICENCE
    allow_dirty = LICENSE
    allow_dirty =
    allow_dirty = README.pod
    allow_dirty = cpanfile  ; iff cpanfile = 1
    allow_dirty = ppport.h
    commit_msg = %N-%v%t%n%n%c

    tag_message = v%v%t

    :version = 0.004
    global = 1
    finder = :InstallModules  ; removed :ExecFiles

    :version = 5.033
    time_zone = UTC
    format = %-8v  %{yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss'Z'}d%{ (TRIAL RELEASE)}T

    [Git::Commit / post-release commit]
    :version = 2.020
    allow_dirty = Changes
    allow_dirty_match = ^lib/.*\.pm$
    commit_msg = increment $VERSION after %v release

    ;;;;;; end [@Git::VersionManager]


    [GitHub::Update]    ; (if server = 'github' or omitted)
    :version = 0.40
    metacpan = 1

    [Run::AfterRelease / install release]
    :version = 0.031
    fatal_errors = 0
    run = cpanm

    [Run::AfterRelease / release complete]
    :version = 0.038
    quiet = 1
    eval = print "release complete!\xa"

    ; listed late, to allow all other plugins which do BeforeRelease checks to run first.

    ; listed last, to be sure we run at the very end of each phase
    ; only performed if $ENV{USER} eq 'ether'
    [VerifyPhases / PHASE VERIFICATION]
    :version = 0.015

The distribution's code is assumed to be hosted at github; RT is used as the issue tracker (see option "rt" below). The home page in the metadata points to github, while the home page on github is updated on release to point to metacpan. The version and other metadata is derived directly from the local git repository.



Use V=<version> in the shell to override the version of the distribution being built; otherwise the version is incremented after each release, in the *.pm files.

pod coverage

Subroutines can be considered "covered" for pod coverage tests by adding a directive to pod (as many as you'd like), as described in Pod::Coverage::TrustPod:

    =for Pod::Coverage foo bar baz

spelling stopwords

Stopwords for spelling tests can be added by adding a directive to pod (as many as you'd like), as described in "ADDING STOPWORDS" in Pod::Spell:

    =for stopwords foo bar baz

See also [Test::PodSpelling].


Available since version 0.007.

The installer back-end(s) to use (can be specified more than once); defaults to ModuleBuildTiny::Fallback and MakeMaker::Fallback (which generates a Build.PL for normal use with no-configure-requires protection, and Makefile.PL as a fallback, containing an upgrade warning). For toolchain-grade modules, you should only use Makefile.PL-generating installers.

You can select other backends (by plugin name, without the []), with the installer option, or none if you are supplying your own, as a separate plugin(s).

Encouraged choices are:

  • installer = ModuleBuildTiny

  • installer = MakeMaker

  • installer = MakeMaker::Fallback (when used in combination with ModuleBuildTiny)

  • installer = =inc::Foo (if no configs are needed for this plugin; e.g. subclassed from [MakeMaker::Awesome])

  • installer = none (if you are providing your own elsewhere in the file, with configs)


Available since version 0.019.

If provided, must be one of:

  • github

    (default) metadata and release plugins are tailored to github.

  • gitmo

    metadata and release plugins are tailored to

  • p5sagit

    metadata and release plugins are tailored to

  • catagits

    metadata and release plugins are tailored to

  • none

    no special configuration of metadata (relating to repositories etc) is done -- you'll need to provide this yourself.


Available since version 0.053.

A boolean option that, when set, removes the use of all plugins that use the network (generally for comparing metadata against PAUSE, and querying the remote git server), as well as blocking the use of the release command. Defaults to false; can also be set with the environment variable DZIL_AIRPLANE.


Available in this form since version 0.076.

A file, to be present in the build, which is copied back to the source repository at release time and committed to git. Can be used more than once. Defaults to: LICENCE, LICENSE, CONTRIBUTING, Changes, ppport.h, INSTALL, as well as cpanfile if cpanfile = 1 is specified in the options; defaults are appended to, rather than overwritten.


Available since version 0.051.

A boolean option that, when set, uses [SurgicalPodWeaver] instead of [PodWeaver], but with all the same options. Defaults to false.


Available since version 0.076.

An integer that specifies how many columns (right-padded with whitespace) are allocated in Changes entries to the version string. Defaults to 10.

licence (or license)

Available since version 0.101.

A string that specifies the name to use for the licence file. Defaults to LICENCE for distributions where I (ETHER) or any other known non-Americans have first-come permissions, or LICENSE otherwise. (The pod section for legal information is also adjusted appropriately.)


Available since version 0.117.

A string of the form cpan:PAUSEID that references the PAUSE ID of the user who has primary ("first-come") authority over the distribution and main module namespace. If not provided, it is extracted from the configuration passed through to the [Authority] plugin, and finally defaults to cpan:ETHER. It is presently used for setting x_authority metadata and deciding which spelling is used for the LICENCE file (if the licence configuration is not provided).


Available since version 0.122.

A boolean option that, when set, removes [UploadToCPAN] from the plugin list and replaces it with [FakeRelease]. Defaults to false; can also be set with the environment variable FAKE_RELEASE.

plugin_prereq_phase, plugin_prereq_relationship

If these are set, then plugins used by the bundle (with minimum version requirements) are injected into the distribution's prerequisites at the specified phase and relationship. Defaults to x_Dist_Zilla and requires. Disable with:

    plugin_prereq_phase =
    plugin_prereq_relationship =

Available since version 0.133.


Available since version 0.147.

A boolean option that, when set, adds a cpanfile to the built distribution and also commits it to the local repository after release. Beware that if the distribution has dynamic_config => 1 in metadata, this will not be a complete list of prerequisites.


Available since version 0.154.

When set to rt or omitted, RT is used as the bug/issue tracker. Can also be set to github, in which case GitHub issues are used as the bugtracker in distribution metadata.

other customizations

This bundle makes use of Dist::Zilla::Role::PluginBundle::PluginRemover and Dist::Zilla::Role::PluginBundle::Config::Slicer to allow further customization. (Note that even though some overridden values are inspected in this class, they are still overlaid on top of whatever this bundle eventually decides to pass - so what is in the dist.ini always trumps everything else.)

Plugins are not loaded until they are actually needed, so it is possible to --force-install this plugin bundle and -remove some plugins that do not install or are otherwise problematic.

If a weaver.ini is present in the distribution, pod is woven using it; otherwise, the behaviour is as with a weaver.ini containing the single line [@Author::ETHER] (see Pod::Weaver::PluginBundle::Author::ETHER).


This distribution follows best practices for author-oriented plugin bundles; for more information, see KENTNL's distribution.



Bugs may be submitted through the RT bug tracker (or

There is also a mailing list available for users of this distribution, at

There is also an irc channel available for users of this distribution, at #distzilla on

I am also usually active on irc, as 'ether' at and


Karen Etheridge <>


  • Dave Rolsky <>

  • Edward Betts <>

  • Graham Knop <>

  • Randy Stauner <>

  • Roy Ivy III <>

  • Сергей Романов <>


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.