[Bioperl-l] Please do not commit without testing

Chris Fields cjfields at uiuc.edu
Fri Nov 24 19:13:44 EST 2006

On Nov 24, 2006, at 4:46 PM, Sendu Bala wrote:

> Hilmar Lapp wrote:
>> On Nov 24, 2006, at 5:08 PM, Sendu Bala wrote:
>>> Hilmar Lapp wrote:
>>>> Is it possible to add a file to the repository (at least  
>>>> temporarily)
>>>> called README.Build or something that would contain those examples?
>>>> I find myself saving your emails which I don't think is the most
>>>> efficient way for me to have those bits handy when I'll need them.
>>> Given that Makefile.PL is just a stub that prints a message about
>>> Build.PL, I can just extend the message to include more tips?
>> You could but that wouldn't substitute. Typing ./Build instead of  
>> make
>> is not too hard of a change to make; however, you don't want me to go
>> back and run perl Makefile.PL to get a quick refresher every time  
>> I want
>> to use a more advanced feature of the generated Build file, do you?
> If you can remember at least that it is ./Build you need to do  
> something
> with, it has lovely in-built help. It's entirely standard stuff so
> nothing to learn - just remember its there!
>> ./Build -h
> No action '-h' defined, try running the 'help' action.
> <oops!>
> ./Build help
> <read...>
> ./Build help test
> <great!>

Hilmar's suggestion of collecting these snippets of Build-related  
commands in a single place seems like a good start, since it doesn't  
really pertain to installation but is of use for developers and  
future release pumpkins.  As for the help example above, as helpful  
as it is, I don't think most would know it was even there unless it  
was pointed out.

A few blurbs in the FAQ, maybe in the 'BioPerl in General' or a new  
developer section, might also help.  'How do I run tests using  
Module::Build?' or 'Where can I find out more about Module::Build?',  
for instance.  It's also much easier (at least to me) to point out to  
new users or developers that any relevant information is found in  
'document x' vs. 'this post on the mail list, found in the mail  
archives at this link, just follow the thread...'.

chris (still recovering after being dragged out on Black Friday).

Christopher Fields
Postdoctoral Researcher
Lab of Dr. Robert Switzer
Dept of Biochemistry
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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