CPAN::Reporter::Config - Config file options for CPAN::Reporter
From the CPAN shell:
cpan> o conf init test_report
Default options for CPAN::Reporter are read from a configuration file
".cpanreporter/config.ini" in the user's home directory. (On Win32
platforms, the directory will be located in the user's "Documents"
directory.) The location of the configuration directory or file may be
specified using environment variables instead.
The configuration file is in "ini" format, with the option name and
value separated by an "=" sign
email_from = "John Doe" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
edit_report = no
Interactive configuration of email address and common action prompts may be
repeated at any time from the CPAN shell.
cpan> o conf init test_report
If a configuration file does not exist, it will be created the first time
interactive configuration is performed.
Subsequent interactive configuration will also include any advanced options that
have been added manually to the configuration file.
email_from = <email address>
CPAN::Reporter requires users to provide an email address that will be used in
the header of the report.
The email address provided should be a valid address format, e.g.:
email_from = user@domain
email_from = John Doe <user@domain>
email_from = "John Q. Public" <user@domain>
transport = <transport class> [transport args]
This sets the transport mechanism passed to the "transport()" method
of Test::Reporter. Normally, CPAN::Reporter uses 'Metabase' for transport
class (i.e. Test::Reporter::Transport::Metabase) and will provide a default
set of transport arguments.
Metabase transport arguments are two space-separated key/value pairs:
- "uri" -- URI for the Metabase API. Defaults to
- "id_file" -- path to the user's Metabase profile
file. Defaults to "metabase_id.json". (Assumed to be in the
Prior to sending reports, a user must have a valid profile file at the path
specified. For Metabase transport, CPAN::Reporter will automatically rewrite a
relative "id_file" path as an absolute path located in the
If the specified profile file does not exist, CPAN::Reporter will offer to run
"metabase-profile" to create it.
For other transport types, see the documentation that comes with your choice of
Test::Reporter::Transport subclass for the proper way to set the
"transport" configuration option.
Several steps in the generation of a test report are optional. Configuration
options control whether an action should be taken automatically or whether
CPAN::Reporter should prompt the user for the action to take. The action to
take may be different for each report grade. For example, users may wish to
customize for which grades they wish to manually review a report before
Most users should just accept the default settings until they have some
experience as CPAN Testers.
Valid actions, and their associated meaning, are as follows:
- "yes" -- automatic yes
- "no" -- automatic no
- "ask/no" or just "ask" -- ask each
time, but default to no
- "ask/yes" -- ask each time, but default to
For "ask" prompts, the default will be used if return is pressed
immediately at the prompt or if the "PERL_MM_USE_DEFAULT"
environment variable is set to a true value.
Action prompt options take one or more space-separated "grade:action"
pairs, which are processed left to right.
edit_report = fail:ask/yes pass:no
An action by itself is taken as a default to be used for any grade which does
not have a grade-specific action. A default action may also be set by using
the word "default" in place of a grade.
edit_report = ask/no
edit_report = default:ask/no
A grade by itself is taken to have the action "yes" for that grade.
edit_report = default:no fail
Multiple grades may be specified together by separating them with a slash.
edit_report = pass:no fail/na/unknown:ask/yes
The action prompt options included in interactive configuration are:
- "edit_report = <grade:action> ..." -- edit
the test report before sending? (default:ask/no pass/na:no)
- "send_report = <grade:action> ..." --
should test reports be sent at all? (default:ask/yes pass/na:yes)
Note that if "send_report" is set to "no", CPAN::Reporter
will still go through the motions of preparing a report, but will discard it
rather than send it.
A better way to disable CPAN::Reporter temporarily is with the CPAN option
cpan> o conf test_report 0
CPAN::Reporter used to send mail directly to perl.org mail servers. The
"smtp_server" option is now deprecated and will be ignored if it
These additional options are only necessary in special cases, for example if the
default editor cannot be found or if reports shouldn't be sent in certain
situations or for automated testing, and so on.
- "command_timeout" -- if greater than zero and the
CPAN config is "inactivity_timeout" is not set, then any
commands executed by CPAN::Reporter will be halted after this many
seconds; useful for unattended smoke testing to stop after some amount of
time; generally, this should be large -- 900 seconds or more -- as some
distributions' tests take quite a long time to run. On MSWin32, Win32::Job
is a needed and trying to kill a process may actually deadlock in some
situations -- so use at your own risk.
- "editor = <editor>" -- editor to use to
edit the test report; if not set, Test::Reporter will use environment
variables "VISUAL", "EDITOR" or "EDIT" (in
that order) to find an editor
- "retry_submission" -- if greater than zero,
CPAN::Reporter will try to resend the report after a few seconds in case
the first attempt fails.
- "send_duplicates = <grade:action> ..." --
should duplicates of previous reports be sent, regardless of
- "send_PL_report = <grade:action> ..." -- if
defined, used in place of "send_report" during the PL phase
- "send_make_report = <grade:action> ..." --
if defined, used in place of "send_report" during the make
- "send_test_report = <grade:action> ..." --
if defined, used in place of "send_report" during the test
- "send_skipfile = <skipfile>" -- filename
containing regular expressions (one per line) to match against the
distribution ID (e.g. 'AUTHOR/Dist-Name-0.01.tar.gz'); the report will not
be sent if a match is found; non-absolute filename must be in the
.cpanreporter config directory;
If these options are manually added to the configuration file, they will be
included (and preserved) in subsequent interactive configuration.
Skip files are expected to have one regular expression per line and will be
matched against the distribution ID, composed of the author's CPAN ID and the
distribution tarball name.
Lines that begin with a sharp (#) are considered comments and will not be
matched. All regular expressions will be matched case insensitive and will not
be anchored unless you provide one.
As the format of a distribution ID is "AUTHOR/tarball", anchoring at
the start of the line with a caret (^) will match the author and with a slash
(/) will match the distribution.
# any distributions by JOHNDOE
# any distributions starting with Win32
# a particular very specific distribution
These options are useful for debugging only:
- "debug = <boolean>" -- turns debugging
The following environment variables may be set to alter the default locations
for CPAN::Reporter files:
- "PERL_CPAN_REPORTER_DIR" -- if set, this
directory is used in place of the default ".cpanreporter"
directory; this will affect not only the location of the default
"config.ini", but also the location of the
CPAN::Reporter::History database and any other files that live in that
- "PERL_CPAN_REPORTER_CONFIG" -- if set, this file
is used in place of the default "config.ini" file; it may be in
any directory, regardless of the choice of configuration directory
David Golden <email@example.com>
This software is Copyright (c) 2006 by David Golden.
This is free software, licensed under:
The Apache License, Version 2.0, January 2004