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Installing tests?

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August 18, 2023 16:41
Installing tests?
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Hi all,

This has come up at conferences before, but I've not seen it discussed here
(or at least, I can't find it in the archives. Apologies if this has been
done to death).

When I install a module, it often has tons of dependencies which
potentially impact modules I've already installed. It's particularly bad if
it updates dual-life modules and something breaks.

It would be nice if I could do "cpan Some::Module" and also install the
tests. Later, I install some other module and I run the tests for all of
the modules I've already installed.

I've been doing testing long enough that I know that some tests will not be
easily installable (or might not be installable at all), but having a good
solution is better than having no solution.

Is this at all feasible? Or is there some other group I should be asking?

Curtis "Ovid" Poe
CTO, All Around the World
World-class software development and consulting

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