module-starter (1) - Linux Manuals

module-starter: creates a skeleton module distribution


module-starter - creates a skeleton module distribution


module-starter [options]


    --module=module  Module name (required, repeatable)
    --distro=name    Distribution name (optional)
    --dir=dirname    Directory name to create new module in (optional)

    --builder=module Build with 'ExtUtils::MakeMaker' or 'Module::Build'
    --eumm           Same as --builder=ExtUtils::MakeMaker
    --mb             Same as --builder=Module::Build
    --mi             Same as --builder=Module::Install

    --author=name    Author's name (required)
    --email=email    Author's email (required)
    --license=type   License under which the module will be distributed
                     (default is the same license as perl)

    --verbose        Print progress messages while working
    --force          Delete pre-existing files if needed

    --help           Show this message

Available Licenses:
 perl, bsd, gpl, lgpl, mit


    module-starter --module=Foo::Bar,Foo::Bat \
        --author="Andy Lester" --email=andy [at]


"module-starter" is a command-line interface to Module::Starter, which it uses to perform all the work of creating distributions. An alternate backend for "module-starter" can be specified with the "--class" option. Plugins to the standard Module::Starter module can be specified with one or more "--plugin" options.

If no directory name is supplied, the distribution name will be used for the directory. If no distribution name is supplied, the first listed module name will be used as the distribution name.

Multiple --builder options may be supplied to produce the files for multiple builders.


module-starter will look for a configuration file before reading its command line parameters. The default location is "$HOME/.module-starter/config" but if the MODULE_STARTER_DIR environment variable is set, module-starter will look for "config" in that directory.

The configuration file is just a list of names and values, separated by colons. Values that take lists are just space separated. A sample configuration file might read:

 author: Ricardo SIGNES
 email:  rjbs [at]
 plugins: Module::Starter::Simple Module::Starter::Plugin::XYZ
 xyz_option: red green blue

This format may become more elaborate in the future, but a file of this type should remain valid.