Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Using CruiseControl.rb to manage a Perl Catalyst project

We're working with the Catalyst framework again, porting an old Perl 5 HTML::Mason site to Catalyst and introducing some modern Perl coding standards to a fairly old stack.

One of the things we needed was a Continuous Integration tool for the project. Since we're already using CruiseControl.rb for the Rails projects I thought it should be pretty easy to incorporate the Perl project into it.

And indeed it was:
$ ./cruise add CatalystProject --url

CruiseControl will run a "rake" task whenever a commit is made. So we need a small Rakefile with just enough code in it to run the standard Perl tools:

$ cat Rakefile
require 'rake'

task :default => :test

desc "Runs make test"
task :test do
  t  = system("eval $(perl -I$HOME/perl5/lib/perl5 -Mlocal::lib) && perl Makefile.PL && make test")
  rc = $?
  puts "\nMake finished with t=#{t} rc=#{rc.exitstatus}"
  raise "Perl make failed (rc=#{rc.exitstatus})" unless t

The eval line in the system call is there because we're using local::lib to manage our Perl library dependencies and we need to set the environment variables so that they can be found. To propagate any "make test" errors back out to rake we throw an exception on non-zero exit codes.

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