Dist::Zilla::Role::Bootstrap(3) Shared logic for bootstrap things.


version 1.001002


For consuming plugins:

use Moose;
with 'Dist::Zilla::Role::Bootstrap';
sub bootstrap {
my $bootstrap_root = $_[0]->_bootstrap_root;
# Do the actual bootstrap work here

For users of plugins:

    try_built = 0 ; # use / as the root to bootstrap
    try_built = 1 ; # try to use /Dist-Name-.*/ instead of /
    fallback  = 0 ; # don't bootstrap at all if /Dist-Name-.*/ matches != 1 things
    fallback  = 1 ; # fallback to / if /Dist-Name-.*/ matches != 1 things


This module is a role that aims to be consumed by plugins that want to perform some very early bootstrap operation that may affect the loading environment of successive plugins, especially with regards to plugins that may wish to build with themselves, either by consuming the source tree itself, or by consuming a previous built iteration.

Implementation is quite simple:

1. "with" this role in your plugin
  with 'Dist::Zilla::Role::Bootstrap'
2. Implement the "bootstrap" sub.
  sub bootstrap {
    my ( $self ) = @_;
3. Optional: Fetch the discovered "bootstap" root via:
4. Optional: Load some path into @INC via:



Any user specified "bootstrap" method will be invoked during "plugin_from_config".

This is AFTER "->new", AFTER "->BUILD", and AFTER "dzil"'s internal "plugin_from_config" steps.

This occurs within the "register_component" phase of the plug-in loading and configuration.

This also occurs BEFORE "Dist::Zilla" attaches the plug-in into the plug-in stash.



The name of the distribution.

This value is vivified by asking "zilla->name".

Usually this value is populated by "dist.ini" in the property "name"

However, occasionally, this value is discovered by a "plugin".

In such a case, that plugin cannot be bootstrapped, because that plugin MUST be loaded prior to bootstrap.


This attribute controls how the consuming "plugin" behaves.
  • false (default) : bootstrapping is only done to "PROJECTROOT/lib"
  • true : bootstrap attempts to try "PROJECTROOT/<distname>-<version>/lib"


This attribute is for use in conjunction with "try_built"
  • "false" : When "PROJECTROOT/<distname>-<version>" does not exist, don't perform any bootstrapping
  • "true" (default) : When "PROJECTROOT/<distname>-<version>" does not exist, bootstrap to "PROJECTROOT/lib"


This attribute controls how "try_built" behaves when multiple directories exist that match "PROJECTROOT/<distname>-.*"

Two valid options at this time:

  • "mtime" (default) : Pick the directory with the most recent "mtime"
  • "parseversion" : Attempt to parse versions on all candidate directories and use the one with the largest version.

Prior to 0.2.0 this property did not exist, and default behavior was to assume "0 Candidates" and "2 or more Candidates" were the same problem.




Internal: This is the real legwork, and resolves the base directory using the bootstrap resolution protocol.

It should always return a project root of some kind, whether it be a source tree, or built source tree.

It can also return "undef" if discovery concludes that no bootstrap can or should be performed.



``Latest'' "mtime" candidate selector

    my $directory = $self->_pick_latest_mtime(@directory_objects)


Attempt to resolve a version from a directory name

    my $version = $self->_get_candidate_version($directory_object)

NOTE: At this time, the presence of "-TRIAL" is simply stripped and ignored


``Latest'' "version" candidate selector

    my $directory = $self->_pick_latest_parseversion(@directory_objects)


Pick a directory from a list of candidates using the method described by "try_built_method"

    my $directory = $self->_pick_candidate( @directory_objects );


Internal: Used to perform the final step of injecting library paths into @INC



Kent Fredric <[email protected]>


This software is copyright (c) 2015 by Kent Fredric <[email protected]>.

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