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Re: Become a CPAN Tester with CPAN::Reporter

by tsee (Curate)
on Nov 08, 2006 at 10:40 UTC ( #582849=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Become a CPAN Tester with CPAN::Reporter

You forgot to mention one thing: It is important that the cpan testers reports have the verbose test output. Otherwise, the authors will have a hard time interpreting the results and fixing their bugs. I have even heard a prominent CPAN contributor say that testers reports without verbose output are useless.

You can turn on verbose test output using the environment variable HARNESS_VERBOSE. After following xdg's steps, just run cpan as follows:


Or on win32:


Best regards,

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Re^2: Become a CPAN Tester with CPAN::Reporter
by xdg (Monsignor) on Nov 08, 2006 at 15:09 UTC
    I have even heard a prominent CPAN contributor say that testers reports without verbose output are useless

    I'm a little surprised by this comment. Tests reports, even without verbosity, include the details of failing tests, such as its label, line number, and any diagnostic output.

    My own experience developing CPAN::Reporter and other modules is that almost any test report is helpful. The exceptions have been some issues with CPANPLUS where no details are provided, which I think had to do with Module::Build support. (I don't know if that has been addressed, and frankly, now that supports Module::Build and does test reporting, I've stopped paying attention to CPANPLUS.)

    Nevertheless, verbose reporting is an interesting idea and I'll put it on the Todo list to add as a configuration option.


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