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in thread CPAN Smoke Tests: Some platforms are meant to be broken

... but according to the smoke test reports, there's green light for GNU/Linux, OpenBSD, NetBSD, and Solaris :).

Wouldn't you rather have a clear indication that it doesn't work on these platforms?

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Re^3: CPAN Smoke Tests: Some platforms are meant to be broken
by Corion (Pope) on Aug 21, 2011 at 20:46 UTC

    I think there is some way of telling CPAN testers to emit n/a for those operating systems, but if somebody installs a module with Win32:: in its name on a system that is not Win32 (or Win64), I don't think that passing tests are their main problem :)

      I think there is some way of telling CPAN testers to emit n/a for those operating systems

      I think it's just a matter of beginning the Makefile.PL code with something like:
      exit 0 if $^O=~/MSWin/;
      That should put an NA into the matrix for any module being built on Windows - no report gets sent to the author.

      But I think the exit value is important, so it would be best to verify (eg on the cpan-testers mailing list) that 0 is, in fact, the correct value to specify.

      Cheers,
      Rob
      From the CPANTS FAQ for authors:

      "How can I indicate that my distribution only works on a particular operating system?"

      While it isn't a very elegant solution, the recommend approach is to either die in the Makefile.PL or Build.PL (or BAIL_OUT in a test file) with one of the following messages:

      • No support for OS
      • OS unsupported

      CPAN Testers tools will look for one of those phrases and will send an NA (Not Available) report for that platform.