Test::Apocalypse - Apocalypse's favorite tests bundled into a simple interface


        use strict; use warnings;

        use Test::More;
        eval "use Test::Apocalypse";
        if ( $@ ) {
                plan skip_all => 'Test::Apocalypse required for validating the distribution';
        } else {
                # lousy hack for kwalitee
                require Test::NoWarnings; require Test::Pod; require Test::Pod::Coverage;


Using this test module simplifies/bundles common distribution tests favored by the CPAN id APOCAL.


This module greatly simplifies common author tests for modules heading towards CPAN. I was sick of copy/pasting the tons of t/foo.t scripts + managing them in every distro. I thought it would be nice to bundle all of it into one module and toss it on CPAN :) That way, every time I update this module all of my dists would be magically updated!

This module respects the TEST_AUTHOR env variable, if it is not set it will skip the entire testsuite. Normally end-users should not run it; but you can if you want to see how bad my dists are, ha!

This module uses Module::Pluggable to have custom "backends" that process various tests. We wrap them in a hackish Test::Block block per-plugin and it seems to work nicely. If you want to write your own, it should be a breeze once you look at some of my plugins and see how it works. ( more documentation to come )


In order to use this, you would need to be familiar with the "standard" steps in order to fully exercise the testsuite. There are a few steps we require, because our plugins need stuff to be prepared for them. For starters, you would need a test file in your distribution similar to the one in SYNOPSIS. Once that is done and added to your MANIFEST and etc, you can do this:

        perl Build.PL                   # sets up the dist ( duh, hah )
        ./Build dist                    # makes the tarball ( so certain plugins can process it )
        TEST_AUTHOR=1 ./Build test      # runs the testsuite!


Automatically exports the "is_apocalypse_here" sub.


  • Make sure we have no unnecessary +x files ( especially Build.PL! )

  • Document the way we do plugins so others can add to this testsuite :)

  • Per-plugin configuration for distros so we can override the default config

  • POD standards check ( do we have SYNOPSIS, ABSTRACT, SUPPORT, etc sections? )




You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc Test::Apocalypse



Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-test-apocalypse 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.


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Copyright 2009 by Apocalypse

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