Karen Etheridge

NAME

Dist::Zilla::Plugin::OptionalFeature - Specify prerequisites for optional features in your dist

VERSION

version 0.012

SYNOPSIS

In your dist.ini:

    [OptionalFeature / XS Support]
    -description = XS implementation (faster, requires a compiler)
    Foo::Bar::XS = 1.002

DESCRIPTION

This plugin provides a mechanism for specifying prerequisites for optional features in metadata, which should cause CPAN clients to interactively prompt you regarding these features at install time (assuming interactivity is turned on: e.g. cpanm --interactive Foo::Bar).

The feature name and description are required. The name can be extracted from the plugin name.

You can specify requirements for different phases and relationships with:

    [OptionalFeature / Feature name]
    -description = description
    -phase = test
    -relationship = requires
    Fitz::Fotz    = 1.23
    Text::SoundEx = 3

If not provided, -phase defaults to runtime, and -relationship to requires.

To specify feature requirements for multiple phases, provide them as separate plugin configurations (keeping the feature name and description constant):

    [OptionalFeature / Feature name]
    -description = description
    -phase = runtime
    Foo::Bar = 0

    [OptionalFeature / Feature name]
    -description = description
    -phase = test
    Foo::Baz = 0

It is possible that future versions of this plugin may allow a more compact way of providing sophisticated prerequisite specifications.

If the plugin name is the CamelCase concatenation of a phase and relationship (or just a relationship), it will set those parameters implicitly. If you use a custom name, but it does not specify the relationship, and you didn't specify either or both of -phase or -relationship, these values default to runtime and requires respectively.

The example below is equivalent to the synopsis example above, except for the name of the resulting plugin:

    [OptionalFeature]
    -name = XS Support
    -description = XS implementation (faster, requires a compiler)
    -phase = runtime
    -relationship = requires
    Foo::Bar::XS = 1.002

CONFIG OPTIONS

This is mostly a restating of the information above.

  • -name

    The name of the optional feature, to be presented to the user. Can also be extracted from the plugin name.

  • -description

    The description of the optional feature, to be presented to the user. Defaults to the feature name, if not provided.

  • -always_recommend

    If set with a true value, the prerequisites are added to the distribution's metadata as recommended prerequisites (e.g. cpanminus will install recommendations with --with-recommends, even when running non-interactively). Defaults to false, but I recommend you turn this on.

  • -require_develop

    If set with a true value, the prerequisites are added to the distribution's metadata as develop requires prerequisites (e.g. cpanminus will install recommendations with --with-develop, even when running non-interactively). Defaults to true.

  • -default

    If set with a true value, compliant CPAN clients will behave as if the user opted to install the feature's prerequisites when running non-interactively (when there is no opportunity to prompt the user).

    Note that at the time of this feature's creation (September 2013), there is no compliant CPAN client yet, as it invents a new x_default field in metadata under optional_feature (thanks, miyagawa!)

  • -phase

    The phase of the prequisite(s). Should be one of: build, test, runtime, or develop.

  • -relationship (or -type)

    The relationship of the prequisite(s). Should be one of: requires, recommends, suggests, or conflicts.

SUPPORT

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

SEE ALSO

AUTHOR

Karen Etheridge <ether@cpan.org>

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

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.