Dist::Zilla::PluginBundle::Author::GSG - Grant Street Group CPAN dists


version 0.0.12


Your dist.ini can be as short as this:

    name = Foo-Bar-GSG

Which is equivalent to all of this:

Some of which comes from Dist::Zilla::Plugin::Author::GSG.

    name = Foo-Bar-GSG
    author = Grant Street Group <>
    license = Artistic_2_0
    copyright_holder = Grant Street Group
    copyright_year = # detected from git

    -bundle = @Basic
    -remove = UploadToCPAN
    -remove = GatherDir

    # The defaults for author and license come from

    [$meta_provides] # defaults to MetaProvides::Package

    # mode    from static_install_mode
    # dry_run from static_install_dry_run

    replacer = replace_with_comment
    post_code_replacer = replace_with_nothing
    config_plugin = [ @Default, Contributors ]

    tag_regexp = ^v(\d+\.\d+\.\d+)$

    first_version = 0.0.1



    [GitHub::UploadRelease] # plus magic to work without releasing elsewhere



This PluginBundle is here to make it easy for folks at GSG to release public distributions of modules as well as trying to make it easy for other folks to contribute.

The share_dir for this module includes GSG standard files to include with open source modules. Things like a standard Makefile, a contributing guide, and a MANIFEST.SKIP that should work with this Plugin. See the "update" Makefile target for details.

The expected workflow for a module using this code is that after following the initial setup decribed below, you would manage changes via standard GitHub flow pull requests and issues. When ready for a release, you would first make update to update any included documents, commit those, and then run carton exec dzil release. You can set a specific release version with the V environment variable, as described in the Git::NextVersion Plugin documentation.


    meta_provides = Class

The MetaProvides subclass to use.

Defaults to Package|Dist::Zilla::Plugin::MetaProvides::Package.

If you choose something other than the default, you will need to add an "on develop" dependency to your cpanfile.


Passed to Dist::Zilla::Plugin::StaticInstall as mode.


Passed to Dist::Zilla::Plugin::StaticInstall as dry_run.

Setting up a new dist

Create your dist.ini

As above, you need the name and [@Author::GSG] bundle, plus any other changes you need.

Add Dist::Zilla::PluginBundle::Author::GSG to your cpanfile

    on 'develop' => sub {
        requires 'Dist::Zilla::PluginBundle::Author::GSG';

Doing this in the develop phase will cause the default Makefile not to install it, which means folks contributing to a module won't need to install all of the Dist::Zilla dependencies just to submit some patches, but will be able to run most tests.

Create a Makefile

It is recommended to keep a copy of the Makefile from this PluginBundle in your app and update it as necessary, which the target in the included Makefile will do automatically.

An initial Makefile you could use to copy one out of this PluginBundle might look like this:

    SHARE_DIR   := $(shell \
        carton exec perl -Ilib -MFile::ShareDir=dist_dir -e \
            'print eval { dist_dir("Dist-Zilla-PluginBundle-Author-GSG") } || "share"' )

    include $(SHARE_DIR)/Makefile

    # Copy the SHARE_DIR Makefile over this one:
    # Making it .PHONY will force it to copy even if this one is newer.
    .PHONY: Makefile
    Makefile: $(SHARE_DIR)/
        cp $< $@

Using this example Makefile does require you run carton install after adding the on 'develop' dependency to your cpanfile as described above.

If you want to override the Makefile included with this Plugin but still want to use some of the targets in it, you could replace the Makefile target in this example with your own targets, and document running the initial carton install manually.

The Makefile that comes in this PluginBundle's share_dir has a many helpers to make development on a module supported by it easier.

Some of the targets that are included in the Makefile are:


Makes your your local cpanfile.snapshot is up-to-date and if not, will run Carton before running prove -lfr t.


This target runs your tests under the Devel::Cover cover utility. However, Devel::Cover is not normally a dependency, so you will need to add it to the cpanfile temporarily for this target to work.


Copies the included in this PluginBundle's share_dir into your distribution.

This should happen automatically through the magic of make.


Generates and copies some additional files from this PluginBundle's share_dir into the repo so that the shared documents provided here will be kept up-to-date.

This is generated from the post Pod::Weaver documentation of the main module in the dist. Requires installing the develop cpanfile dependencies to work.


The files in this variable are copied from this PluginBundle's

Currently includes and MANIFEST.SKIP.


Attempts to locate the correct cpanfile.snapshot and automatically runs carton install $(CARTON_INSTALL_FLAGS) if it is out of date.

The CARTON_INSTALL_FLAGS are by default --without develop in order to avoid unnecessarily installing the heavy Dist::Zilla dependency chain.

Cutting a release

    carton exec dzil release

This should calculate the new version number, build a new release tarball, add a release tag, create the release on GitHub and upload the tarball to it.

You can set the V environment variable to force a specific version, as described by Dist::Zilla::Plugin::Git::NextVersion.

    V=2.0.0 carton exec dzil release
Your git remote must be a format GitHub::UploadRelease understands

Either ssh://$repo.git or$repo.git.

As shown in the "Fetch URL" from git remote -n $remote,

Set github.user and either github.password or github.token

You should probably use a token instead of your password, which you can get by following GitHub's instructions.

    git config --global github.user  github_login_name
    git config --global github.token token_from_instructions_above


Grant Street Group <>


This software is Copyright (c) 2019 by Grant Street Group.

This is free software, licensed under:

  The Artistic License 2.0 (GPL Compatible)


  • Andrew Fresh <>

  • Mark Flickinger <>