Test::Rinci - Test Rinci metadata


This document describes version 0.14 of Test::Rinci (from Perl distribution Test-Rinci), released on 2016-03-06.


To check all metadata in a module:

 use Test::Rinci tests=>1;
 metadata_in_module_ok("Foo::Bar", {opt => ...}, $msg);

Alternatively, you can check all metadata in all modules in a distro:

 # save in release-rinci.t, put in distro's t/ subdirectory
 use Test::More;
 plan skip_all => "Not release testing" unless $ENV{RELEASE_TESTING};
 eval "use Test::Rinci";
 plan skip_all => "Test::Rinci required for testing Rinci metadata" if $@;
 metadata_in_all_modules_ok({opt => ...}, $msg);


This module performs various checks on a module's Rinci metadata. It is recommended that you include something like release-rinci.t in your distribution if you add metadata to your code. If you use Dist::Zilla to build your distribution, there is Dist::Zilla::Plugin::Test::Rinci to make it easy to do so.


Some code taken from Test::Pod::Coverage by Andy Lester.


All these functions are exported by default.

metadata_in_module_ok($module [, \%opts ] [, $msg])

Load $module, get its metadata, and perform test on all of them. For function metadata, a wrapping to the function is done to see if it can be wrapped.

Available options:

  • test_package_metadata => BOOL (default: 1)

    Whether to test package metadata found in module.

  • exclude_packages => REGEX/ARRAY

    List of packages to exclude from testing.

  • test_function_metadata => BOOL (default: 1)

    Whether to test function metadata found in module. Currently require wrap_function option to be turned on, as the tests are done to the metadata generated by the wrapper (for convenience, since the wrapper can convert old v1.0 metadata to v1.1).

  • wrap_function => BOOL (default: 1)

    Whether to wrap function (using Perinci::Sub::Wrapper). All tests which run module's functions require this option to be turned on.

  • test_function_examples => BOOL (default: 1)

    Whether to test examples in function metadata, by running each example and comparing the specified result with actual result. Will only take effect when test_function_metadata and wrap_functions is turned on.

  • exclude_functions => REGEX/ARRAY

    List of functions to exclude from testing.

  • test_variable_metadata => BOOL (default: 1)

    Whether to test function metadata found in module.

  • exclude_variables => REGEX/ARRAY

    List of variables to exclude from testing.

metadata_in_all_modules_ok([ \%opts ] [, $msg])

Look for modules in directory lib (or blib instead, if it exists), and run metadata_in_module_ok() on each of them.

Options are the same as in metadata_in_module_ok().


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test-rinci, a command-line interface for metadata_in_all_modules_ok().





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