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Re: FAIL AFS-Command-1.3 darwin 6.8

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Randy W. Sims
November 6, 2003 12:37
Re: FAIL AFS-Command-1.3 darwin 6.8
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On 11/6/2003 10:17 AM, wrote:
> While I applaud the effort to automate testing of new releases posted
> to CPAN, this is adding absolutely no vlaue in this case.
> I am not looking forward to getting one of these for every platform
> someone decided to test this on.
> This particular module can NOT be tested automatically, without some
> manual configuration.  The tests can not automatically determine the
> configuration of your AFs infrastructure; you have to tell me.
> Therefore, everytime I post this module, these tests are going to
> fail.  The same is going to be true for DBD::Sybase, or any of the
> RDBMS modules which need to be configured with a data server, and/or
> database name.  
> Is there a mechanism for telling the automated CPAN testing to skip
> this module?  I do NOT want to hack the code to make the test skipped
> by default, because then unsuspecting administrators who install the
> module without reading my documentation will be give a false positive.
> I would prefer to have the tests fail by default, but I don't want all
> these emails telling me something I already know.

Sounds like a job for META.yml. It would seem to be the best place to 
list things like:

Is the module specific to a certain platform(s)?
Does testing require manual intervention?
Does install require manual intervention?
Does the module have external dependencies?


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There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain;
And drinking largely sobers us again.
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