Test::DZil - tools for testing Dist::Zilla plugins


version 6.025


Test::DZil provides routines for writing tests for Dist::Zilla plugins.


This module should work on any version of perl still receiving updates from the Perl 5 Porters. This means it should work on any version of perl released in the last two to three years. (That is, if the most recently released version is v5.40, then this module should work on both v5.40 and v5.38.)

Although it may work on older versions of perl, no guarantee is made that the minimum required version will not be increased. The version may be increased for any reason, and there is no promise that patches will be accepted to lower the minimum required perl.




  my $tzil = Builder->from_config(...);

These return class names that subclass Dist::Zilla::Dist::Builder or Dist::Zilla::Dist::Minter, respectively, with the Dist::Zilla::Tester behavior added.


  is_filelist( \@files_we_have, \@files_we_want, $desc );

This test assertion compares two arrayrefs of filenames, taking care of slash normalization and sorting. @files_we_have may also contain objects that do Dist::Zilla::Role::File.


  is_yaml( $yaml_string, $want_struct, $comment );

This test assertion deserializes the given YAML string and does a cmp_deeply.


  is_json( $json_string, $want_struct, $comment );

This test assertion deserializes the given JSON string and does a cmp_deeply.


  my $ini_text = dist_ini(\%root_config, @plugins);

This routine returns a string that could be used to populate a simple dist.ini file. The %root_config gives data for the "root" section of the configuration. To provide a line multiple times, provide an arrayref. For example, the root section could read:

    name   => 'Dist-Sample',
    author => [
      'J. Smith <>',
      'Q. Smith <>',

The root section is optional.

Plugins can be given in a few ways:

[ "PluginMoniker" ]

These become [PluginMoniker]

[ "PluginMoniker", "PluginName" ]

This becomes [PluginMoniker / PluginName]

[ "PluginMoniker", { ... } ]
[ "PluginMoniker", "PluginName", { ... } ]

These use the given hashref as the parameters inside the section, with the same semantics as the root section.


This behaves exactly like dist_ini, but it merges any given root config into a starter config, which means that you can often skip any explicit root config. The starter config may change slightly over time, but is something like this:

    name     => 'DZT-Sample',
    abstract => 'Sample DZ Dist',
    version  => '0.001',
    author   => 'E. Xavier Ample <>',
    license  => 'Perl_5',
    copyright_holder => 'E. Xavier Ample',


Ricardo SIGNES 😏 <>


This software is copyright (c) 2022 by Ricardo SIGNES.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.