Dist::Zilla::Plugin::GatherDir(3) gather all the files in a directory


version 4.300020


This is a very, very simple FileGatherer plugin. It looks in the directory named in the ``root'' attribute and adds all the files it finds there. If the root begins with a tilde, the tilde is replaced with the current user's home directory according to File::HomeDir.

Almost every dist will be built with one GatherDir plugin, since it's the easiest way to get files from disk into your dist. Most users just need:


...and this will pick up all the files from the current directory into the dist. You can use it multiple times, as you can any other plugin, by providing a plugin name. For example, if you want to include external specification files into a subdir of your dist, you might write:

  ; this plugin needs no config and gathers most of your files
  [GatherDir / SpecFiles]
  ; this plugin gets all the files in the root dir and adds them under ./spec
  root   = ~/projects/my-project/spec
  prefix = spec



This is the directory in which to look for files. If not given, it defaults to the dist root --- generally, the place where your dist.ini or other configuration file is located.


This parameter can be set to gather all the files found under a common directory. See the description above for an example.


By default, files will not be included if they begin with a dot. This goes both for files and for directories relative to the "root".

In almost all cases, the default value (false) is correct.


By default, directories that are symlinks will not be followed. Note on the other hand that in all followed directories, files which are symlinks are always gathered.


To exclude certain files from being gathered, use the "exclude_filename" option. This may be used multiple times to specify multiple files to exclude.


This is just like "exclude_filename" but provides a regular expression pattern. Files matching the pattern are not gathered. This may be used multiple times to specify multiple patterns to exclude.


Ricardo SIGNES <[email protected]>


This software is copyright (c) 2012 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.