Travis and Dist::Zilla projects
Getting started with Travis
I felt like I should give Travis a try and picked a recent github project of mine that I knew had a decent testsuite.
Unknown build failure
I wondered why the build failed after adding a very simple .travis.yml file to the project.
$ cpanm --quiet --installdeps --notest . ! Configuring . failed. See /home/travis/.cpanm/work/1411809721.1412/build.log for details. The command "eval cpanm --quiet --installdeps --notest ." failed. Retrying, 2 of 3.
So cpanm failed, but where can I see what's written in the log? My attempts to view it with the travis directive "after_failure" failed and after trying a few more things I checked the project files again. I noticed it was a Dist::Zilla project and there was no Makefile.PL or Build.PL present and travis needs either of them to get started.
I kind of lost interest at that point and worked on something else but luckily I asked on perl.irc.org and the next time I checked the channel I saw what haarg wrote.
Perl community to the rescue
here is the paste in case it gets deleted
11:55 < davewood> im trying to add travis-ci to a project but it keeps saying Configuring failed. the cpanm lofgiles are not accessible, i tried with after_script and after_failure directives in .travis.yml 14:47 < haarg> davewood: travis doesn't know how to build dzil dists 14:47 < haarg> davewood: you might try this: http://paste.scsys.co.uk/425785
language: perl perl: - "5.8" - "5.10" - "5.12" - "5.14" - "5.16" - "5.18" - "5.20" before_install: - git clone git://github.com/travis-perl/helpers ~/travis-perl-helpers - source ~/travis-perl-helpers/init --auto
"travis-perl-helpers is a set of utilities meant to aid in testing modules on travis-ci. It will automatically build perl if the version requested doesn't exist."
It takes care of installing the build requirements and probably a ton of other stuff that I decided to not look into. It just works and all I care about for now is that I have a nice build history for each commit.