Apache::TestMM - Provide MakeMaker Wrapper Methods


Apache::TestMM - Provide MakeMaker Wrapper Methods


  require Apache::TestMM;

  # import MY::test and MY::clean overrides for MM
  Apache::TestMM->import(qw(test clean));

  # parse command line args

  # autogenerate the script


Apache::TestMM provides wrappers for the ExtUtils::MakeMaker craft, making it easier to extend the autogenerated Makefile with Apache::Test.



  use Apache::TestMM qw(test clean);


  Apache::TestMM->import(qw(test clean));

Imports MY:: overrides for the default ExtUtils::MakeMaker test and clean targets, as if you have defined:

  sub MY::test {...}
  sub MY::clean {...}

in Makefile.PL. Apache::TestMM does this for you so that these Makefile targets will run the Apache server and the tests for it, and clean up after its mess.


  push @ARGV, '-apxs', $apxs_path;

When WriteMakefile() is called it parses @ARGV, hoping to find special options like PREFIX=/home/stas/perl. Apache::Test accepts a lot of configuration options of its own. When Apache::TestMM::filter_args() is called, it removes any Apache::Test-specific options from @ARGV and stores them internally, so when WriteMakefile() is called they aren't in @ARGV and thus won't be processed by WriteMakefile().

The options can be set when Makefile.PL is called:

  % perl Makefile.PL -apxs /path/to/apxs

Or you can push them manually to @ARGV from the code:

  push @ARGV, '-apxs', $apxs_path;



is called, Apache::Test-specific options extracted by Apache::TestMM::filter_args() are written to the autogenerated file. In our example, the autogenerated t/TEST will include:

  %Apache::TestConfig::Argv = qw(apxs /path/to/apxs);

which is going to be used by the Apache::Test runtime.

The other frequently used options are: -httpd, telling where to find the httpd (usually when the -apxs option is not used), -libmodperl to use a specific mod_perl shared object (if your mod_perl is built as DSO), -maxclients to change the default number of the configured MaxClients directive, -port to start the server on a specific port, etc. To get the complete list of available configuration options and their purpose and syntax, run:

  % perl -MApache::TestConfig -le 'Apache::TestConfig::usage()'

You may wish to document some of these in your application's README file, especially the -apxs and -httpd options.



generate_script() accepts the name of the script to generate and will look for a template with the same name and suffix .PL. So in our example it'll look for t/TEST.PL. The autogenerated script t/TEST will include the contents of t/TEST.PL, and special directives, including any configuration options passed via filter_args()|/C_filter_args_ called from Makefile.PL, special fixup code, etc. If no argument is passed to generate_script(), it will create a file named t/TEST by default.

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