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Integrating Dist::Zilla with Git
For the most part, integrating your Dist::Zilla-managed distribution with your Git repository is as easy as installing Dist::Zilla::Plugin::Git and adding one line to your configuration:
(You'll probably want to add that before @Basic or @Classic, if you're using one of those.)
The @Git Bundle
The Git plugin bundle is equivalent to:
Git::Check will refuse to release your dist if you've got uncommitted changes or untracked files in your working tree. By default, it will make an exception for your Changes file and your dist.ini file, but you can provide your own list of allowed-dirty files by giving values for the
allow_dirty configuration parameter. Git::Check respects .gitignore, so you can use that to mark files that shouldn't be considered, like .build and any built archives or or directories with names like Your-Dist-*.
The rest of the plugins run, in order, after release.
Git::Commit commits any changes made during the build process. The most common reason for this plugin is to commit changes made to your changelog file by the NextRelease plugin. NextRelease adds a timestamp and version number to the top of your changelog, then saves those changes (and a placeholder for the next version) to disk. The Git::Commit plugin will then commit this change, so the time and version of your latest release will be stored in your history. To make this work, it is critical that you ensure that the Git::Commit plugin runs after NextRelease. Since they're both AfterRelease plugins, this just means making sure that they're ordered properly in your configuration. Git::Check will expect a Changes file in the main directory of your distribution, so make sure you have one.
Git::Tag makes a tag of your new release's version. By default, it will tag release 1.234 with the tag "v1.234" but you can change that format by providing a sprintf-like string to Git::Tag's
tag_format parameter. For example, to get a tag like "Your-Dist-V-1.234" you might set
%N-V-%v. Git::Tag makes annotated tags, and you can control the tag message with the
Finally, Git::Push will push both commits and tags to your chosen remote or remotes. By default it pushes to origin, but you can supply one or more remotes to push to with the
The Git bundle will pass along any configuration you give it to its included plugins, so you can configure the plugins via the bundle, like:
Using Git Plugins without the Bundle
Even though the Git plugin bundle gives you a great set of default behavior, it might not fit quite right with your workflow. You can use any of the plugins described above on their own. For example, if all you want to do is make sure that you're checked in before release, you can just add Git::Check and take care of everything else on your own.
Also, if you've got no remote to push to, you'll want to get rid of Git::Push. Otherwise it will throw an exception when it finds it has nowhere to push.
Git and Dist Minting
dzil new command lets you use Dist::Zilla to build a new distribution, and there are minting plugins that help tie your use of git to your use of Dist::Zilla. Git::Init, for example, creates a new git repository in your newly minted dist directory, and is part of the same distribution as the rest of the Git plugins described above. The GithubCreate plugin creates a remote at GitHub.
If you'd like to learn how to release your distribution to the CPAN, turn to page 9