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TAP::Harness::Archive - Create an archive of TAP test results


    use TAP::Harness::Archive;
    my $harness = TAP::Harness::Archive->new(\%args);


This module is a direct subclass of TAP::Harness and behaves in exactly the same way except for one detail. In addition to outputting a running progress of the tests and an ending summary it can also capture all of the raw TAP from the individual test files or streams into an archive file (.tar or .tar.gz).


All methods are exactly the same as our base TAP::Harness except for the following.


In addition to the options that TAP::Harness allow to this method, we also allow the following:


This is the name of the archive file to generate. We use Archive::Tar in the background so we only support .tar and .tar.gz archive file formats. This can optionally be an existing directory that will have the TAP archive's contents deposited therein without any file archiving (no Archive::Tar involved).


This is an array reference to extra files that you want to include in the TAP archive but which are not TAP files themselves. This is useful if you want to include some log files that contain useful information about the test run.


This is a hash reference of extra properties that you've collected during your test run. Some things you might want to include are the Perl version, the system's architecture, the operating system, etc.


Takes the same arguments as TAP::Harness's version and returns the same thing (a TAP::Parser::Aggregator object). The only difference is that in addition to the normal test running and progress output we also create the TAP Archive when it's all done.


This class method will return a TAP::Parser::Aggregator object when given a TAP Archive to open and parse. It's pretty much the reverse of creating a TAP Archive from using new and runtests.

It takes a hash of arguments which are as follows:


The path to the archive file. This can also be a directory if you created the archive as a directory. This is required.


This is a hash ref containing callbacks for the TAP::Parser objects that are created while parsing the TAP files. See the TAP::Parser documentation for details about these callbacks.


This callback is executed every time a new TAP::Parser object is created. It will be passed the new parser object, the name of the file to be parsed, and also the full (temporary) path of that file.


This is a subroutine that will be called if we find and parse a YAML file containing meta information about the test run in the archive. The structure of the YAML file will be passed in as an argument.

    my $aggregator = TAP::Harness::Archive->aggregator_from_archive(
            archive          => 'my_tests.tar.gz',
            parser_callbacks => {
                plan    => sub { warn "Nice to see you plan ahead..." },
                unknown => sub { warn "Your TAP is bad!" },
            made_parser_callback => sub {
                my ($parser, $file, $full_path) = @_;
                warn "$file is temporarily located at $full_path\n";


Michael Peters, <mpeters at>


Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-tap-harness-archive 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 TAP::Harness::Archive

You can also look for information at:


  • A big thanks to Plus Three, LP ( for sponsoring my work on this module and other open source pursuits.

  • Andy Armstrong


Copyright 2007 Michael Peters, all rights reserved.

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