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Re: Module::Build reccomends build_requires

by Anonymous Monk
on Jan 05, 2009 at 01:11 UTC ( #734091=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Module::Build reccomends build_requires

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Items that are necessary for building and testing this distribution, but aren't necessary after installation. This can help users who only want to install these items temporarily. It also helps reduce the size of the CPAN dependency graph if everything isn't smooshed into requires.
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Re^2: Module::Build reccomends build_requires
by mandog (Curate) on Jan 05, 2009 at 03:09 UTC

    Anony Monk:

    It certainly didn't hurt to re-re-read that bit from the man page However "Necessary" is a bit relative. For example Test::Perl::Critic explicitly says it shouldn't be included in distributed tests.

    Perhaps, I'm really trying to ask what the standard way to track/document testing dependencies that are not needed/desired for installation but are very nice for development.

      Yeah, it could use a 'build_recommends' and a 'configure_recommends' section. But it sounds like even that isn't what you want, really.

      Personally, I'd say if you really don't expect people to run those tests except when in development, I'd just not put them in the Build.PL or Meta.yml: They aren't part of the user's installation. They are part of your development suite. A programmer can find them in the test code, if they need to see them. (And they'll know to look because you are skipping the tests with a good message. Right?)

      Some people even have an environment variable they check for this case, and don't even try to run the tests if it isn't there. I've never quite gotten that complicated myself...

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