Module::Starter - a simple starter kit for any module


version 1.54


Nothing in here is meant for public consumption. Use module-starter from the command line.

    module-starter --module=Foo::Bar,Foo::Bat \
        --author="Andy Lester"


This is the core module for Module::Starter. If you're not looking to extend or alter the behavior of this module, you probably want to look at module-starter instead.

Module::Starter is used to create a skeletal CPAN distribution, including basic builder scripts, tests, documentation, and module code. This is done through just one method, create_distro.



create_distro is the only method you should need to use from outside this module; all the other methods are called internally by this one.

This method creates orchestrates all the work; it creates distribution and populates it with the all the requires files.

It takes a hash of params, as follows:

    distro       => $distroname,      # distribution name (defaults to first module)
    modules      => [ module names ], # modules to create in distro
    dir          => $dirname,         # directory in which to build distro
    builder      => 'Module::Build',  # defaults to ExtUtils::MakeMaker
                                      # or specify more than one builder in an
                                      # arrayref

    license      => $license,  # type of license; defaults to 'perl'
    author       => $author,   # author's full name (required)
    email        => $email,    # author's email address (required)
    ignores_type => $type,     # ignores file type ('generic', 'cvs', 'git', 'manifest' )

    verbose      => $verbose,  # bool: print progress messages; defaults to 0
    force        => $force     # bool: overwrite existing files; defaults to 0

The ignores_type is a new feature that allows to create SCM-specific ignore files. These are the mappings:

    ignores_type => 'generic'  # default, creates 'ignore.txt'
    ignores_type => 'cvs'      # creates .cvsignore
    ignores_type => 'git'      # creates .gitignore
    ignores_type => 'manifest' # creates MANIFEST.SKIP

It is also possible to provide an array ref with multiple types wanted:

    ignores_type => [ 'git', 'manifest' ]


Module::Starter itself doesn't actually do anything. It must load plugins that implement create_distro and other methods. This is done by the class's import routine, which accepts a list of plugins to be loaded, in order.

For more information, refer to Module::Starter::Plugin.


Andy Lester, <petdance at>

Ricardo Signes, <rjbs at>

C.J. Adams-Collier, <cjac at>


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

    perldoc Module::Starter

You can also look for information at:


Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-module-starter 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.


Copyright 2005-2009 Andy Lester, Ricardo Signes and C.J. Adams-Collier, All Rights Reserved.

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