zef man page

Zef

Perl6 Module Management

Installation

Manual

    $ git clone https://github.com/ugexe/zef.git
    $ cd zef
    $ perl6 -Ilib bin/zef install .

Rakudobrew

To install via rakudobrew, please use the following command:

    $ rakudobrew build zef

Usage

    zef --help

    # install the CSV::Parser distribution
    zef install CSV::Parser

    # search for distribution names matching `CSV`
    zef search CSV

    # detailed information for a matching distribution
    zef info CSV::Parser

    # list all available distributions
    zef list

    # list reverse dependencies of an identity
    zef rdepends HTTP::UserAgent

    # test project in current directory
    zef test .

    # fetch a specific module only
    zef fetch CSV::Parser

    # fetch a module, then shell into its local path
    zef look CSV::Parser

    # smoke test modules from all repositories
    zef smoke

    # run Build.pm if one exists in given path
    zef build .

    # update Repository package lists
    zef update

    # upgrade all distributions (BETA)
    zef upgrade

    # upgrade specific distribution (BETA)
    zef upgrade CSV::Parser

    # lookup module info by name/path/sha1
    zef --sha1 locate 9FA0AC28824EE9E5A9C0F99951CA870148AE378E

    # launch browser to named support urls from meta data
    zef browse zef bugtracker

More CLI

install [*@identities]

Note: The install process does not install anything until all phases have completed. So, if the user requested to "install A", and A required module B: both would be downloaded, potentially built, tested, and installed -- but only if both passed all their tests. For example: if module A failed its tests, then module B would not be installed (even if it passed its own tests) unless forced.

[@identities] can take the form of a file path (starting with . or /), URNs, URLs, paths, or identities:

    # IDENTITY
    zef install CSV::Parser
    zef install "CSV::Parser:auth<tony-o>:ver<0.1.2>"
    zef install "CSV::Parser:ver('0.1.2')"

    # PATH
    zef install ./Perl6-Net--HTTP

    # URL
    zef -v install git://github.com/ugexe/zef.git
    zef -v install https://github.com/ugexe/zef/archive/master.tar.gz
    zef -v install https://github.com/ugexe/zef.git@v0.1.22

    # URN
    zef install github:tony-o:CSV--Parser:0.1.2

A request may contain any number and combination of these. Paths and URLs will be resolved first so they are available to fulfill any dependencies of other requested identities.

Note: In the name portion of the URN style, a double -- indicates a ::. This is because modules can have - as part of their name. -- is probably valid too, but this makes my life a lot easier for now!

Options

    # Install to a custom locations
    --install-to=<id> # site/home/vendor/perl, or
    -to=<id>          # inst#/home/some/path/custom

    # Load a specific Zef config file
    --config-path=/some/path/config.json

    # Install only the dependency chains of the requested distributions
    --deps-only

    # Ignore errors occuring during the corresponding phase
    --force-resolve
    --force-fetch
    --force-extract
    --force-build
    --force-test
    --force-install

    # or set the default to all unset --force-* flags to True
    --force

    # Do everything except the actual installations
    --dry

    # Build/Test/Install each dependency serially before proceeding to Build/Test/Install the next
    --serial

    # Disable testing
    --/test

    # Disable build phase
    --/build

    # Disable fetching dependencies
    --/depends
    --/build-depends
    --/test-depends

uninstall [*@identities]

Uninstall the specified distributions

Note: Requires a bleeding edge rakudo (not available in 6.c)

update

Update the package indexes for all "Repository" backends

Note: Some "Repository" backends, like the default Ecosystems, have an "auto-update" option in "resources/config.json" that can be enabled. This should be the number of hours until it should auto update based on the file system last modified time of the ecosystem json file location.

upgrade [*@identities] BETA

Upgrade specified identities. If no identities are provided, zef attempts to upgrade all installed distributions.

search [$identity]

How these are handled depends on the "Repository" engine used, which by default is "Zef::Repository::Ecosystems>p6c<"

    $ zef -v --cpan --metacpan search URI
    ===> Found 4 results
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ID|From                              |Package             |Description
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1 |Zef::Repository::LocalCache       |URI:ver('0.1.1')    |A URI impleme...
    2 |Zef::Repository::Ecosystems<p6c>  |URI:ver('0.1.1')    |A URI impleme...
    3 |Zef::Repository::Ecosystems<cpan> |URI:ver('0.1.1')    |A URI impleme...
    4 |Zef::Repository::Ecosystems<cpan> |URI:ver('0.000.001')|A URI impleme...
    5 |Zef::Repository::MetaCPAN         |URI:ver('0.1.1')    |A URI impleme...
    6 |Zef::Repository::MetaCPAN         |URI:ver('0.000.001')|A URI impleme...
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

info [$identity]

View meta information of a distribution

    $ zef -v info HTTP::UserAgent
    - Info for: HTTP::UserAgent
    - Identity: HTTP::UserAgent:ver('1.1.16'):auth('github:sergot')
    - Recommended By: Zef::Repository::LocalCache
    Author:  github:sergot
    Description:     Web user agent
    Source-url:      git://github.com/sergot/http-useragent.git
    Provides: 11 modules
    #       HTTP::Cookie
    #       HTTP::Header
    #       HTTP::Cookies
    #       HTTP::Message
    #       HTTP::Request
    #       HTTP::Response
    #       HTTP::MediaType
    #       HTTP::UserAgent
    #       HTTP::Header::Field
    #       HTTP::Request::Common
    #       HTTP::UserAgent::Common
    Depends: 7 items
    ---------------------------------
    ID|Identity           |Installed?
    ---------------------------------
    1 |HTTP::Status       |X
    2 |File::Temp         |X
    3 |DateTime::Parse    |X
    4 |Encode             |X
    5 |MIME::Base64       |X
    6 |URI                |X
    7 |IO::Capture::Simple|X
    ---------------------------------

Options

    # Extra details (eg, list dependencies and which ones are installed)
    -v

list [*@from]

List known available distributions

    $ zef --installed list
    ===> Found via /home/nickl/.rakudobrew/moar-nom/install/share/perl6/site
    CSV::Parser:ver('0.1.2'):auth('github:tony-o')
    Zef:auth('github:ugexe')
    ===> Found via /home/nickl/.rakudobrew/moar-nom/install/share/perl6
    CORE:ver('6.c'):auth('perl')

Note that not every Repository may provide such a list, and such lists may only be a subset. For example: We may not be able to get a list of every distribution on metacpan, but we *can* get the $x most recent additions (we use 100 for now).

[@from] allows you to show results from specific repositories only:

    zef --installed list perl   # Only list modules installed by rakudo itself

    zef list cpan               # Only show available modules from the repository
    zef list p6c                # with a name field matching the arguments to `list`
    zef list cached             # (be sure the repository is enabled in config)

Otherwise results from all enabled repositories will be returned.

Options

    # Only list installed distributions
    --installed

    # Additionally list the modules of discovered distributions
    -v

depends [$identity]

List direct and transitive dependencies to the first successful build graph for $identity

    $ zef depends Cro::SSL
    Cro::Core:ver('0.7')
    IO::Socket::Async::SSL:ver('0.3')
    OpenSSL:ver('0.1.14'):auth('github:sergot')

rdepends [$identity]

List available distributions that directly depend on $identity

    $ zef rdepends Net::HTTP
    Minecraft-Tools:ver('0.1.0')
    LendingClub:ver('0.1.0')

fetch [*@identities]

Fetches candidates for given identities

test [*@paths]

Run tests on each distribution located at [@paths]

build [*@paths]

Run the Build.pm file located in the given [@paths]

If you want to create a build hook, put the following dependency-free boilerplate in a file named "Build.pm" at the root of your distribution:

    class Build {
        method build($dist-path) {
            # do build stuff to your module
            # which is located at $dist-path
        }
    }

Set the env variable ZEF_BUILDPM_DEBUG=1 or use the --debug flag for additional debugging information.

Note: In the future, a more appropriate hooking solution will replace this.

look [$identity]

Fetches the requested distribution and any dependencies (if requested), changes the directory to that of the fetched distribution, and then stops program execution. This allows you modify or look at the source code before manually continuing the install via "zef install ."

Note that the path to any dependencies that needed to be fetched will be set in env at PERL6LIB, so you should be able to run any build scripts, tests, or complete a manual install without having to specify their locations.

browse $identity [bugtracker | homepage | source]

Options

    # disables launching a browser window (just shows url)
    --/open

Output the url and launch a browser to open it.

    # also opens browser
    $ zef browse Net::HTTP bugtracker
    https://github.com/ugexe/Perl6-Net--HTTP/issues

    # only outputs the url
    $ zef browse Net::HTTP bugtracker --/open
    https://github.com/ugexe/Perl6-Net--HTTP/issues

locate [$identity, $name-path, $sha1-id]

Options

    # The argument is a sha1-id (otherwise assumed to be an identity or name-path)
    --sha1

Lookup a locally installed module by $identity, $name-path, or $sha1-id

    $ zef --sha1 locate A9948E7371E0EB9AFDF1EEEB07B52A1B75537C31
    ===> From Distribution: zef:ver<*>:auth<github:ugexe>:api<>
    lib/Zef/CLI.pm6 => ~/rakudo/install/share/perl6/site/sources/A9948E7371E0EB9AFDF1EEEB07B52A1B75537C31

    $ zef locate Zef::CLI
    ===> From Distribution: zef:ver<*>:auth<github:ugexe>:api<>
    lib/Zef/CLI.pm6 => ~/rakudo/install/share/perl6/site/sources/A9948E7371E0EB9AFDF1EEEB07B52A1B75537C31

    $ zef locate lib/Zef/CLI.pm6
    ===> From Distribution: zef:ver<*>:auth<github:ugexe>:api<>
    Zef::CLI => ~/rakudo/install/share/perl6/site/sources/A9948E7371E0EB9AFDF1EEEB07B52A1B75537C31

nuke [RootDir | TempDir | StoreDir]

Deletes all paths in the specific configuration directory

nuke [site | home]

Deletes all paths that are rooted in the prefix of the matching CompUnit::Repository name

    # uninstall all modules
    $ zef nuke site home

Output Verbosity

You can control the logging level using the following flags:

    # More/less detailed output
    --error, --warn, --info (default), --verbose (-v), --debug

Global Configuration

Finding the configuration file

You can always see the configuration file that will be used by running:

    $ zef --help

In most cases the default configuration combined with command line options should be enough for most users.

If you are most users (e.g. not: power users, packagers, zef plugin developers) you hopefully don't care about this section!

How the configuration file is chosen

The configuration file will be chosen at runtime from one of two (technically four) locations, and one can affect the others (this is not really a design decision and suggestions and PRs are welcome).

First, and the most precise way, is to specify the config file by passing "--config-path="..."" to any zef command.

Second, third, and fourth we look at the path pointed to by `%?RESOURCEconfig.json`. This will point to "$zef-dir/resources/config.json", where "$zef-dir" will be either:

This config is loaded, but it is not yet the chosen config! We check that temporary config's "%config<RootDir>" for valid json in a file named "config.json" (i.e. "%config<RootDir>/config.json"). This can be confusing (so it may go away or be refined - PRs welcome) but for most cases it just means "$*HOME/.zef/config.json" will override an installed zef configuration file.

To summarize:

Configuration fields

Basic Settings

Phases / Plugins Settings

These consist of an array of hashes that describe how to instantiate some class that fulfills the appropriate interface from Zef.pm ("Repository" "Fetcher" "Extractor" "Builder" "Tester")

The descriptions follow this format:

    {
        "short-name" : "p6c",
        "enabled" : 1,
        "module" : "Zef::Repository::Ecosystems",
        "options" : { }
    }

and are instantiated via

    ::($hash<module>).new(|($hash<options>)

See the configuration file in resources/config.json <https://github.com/ugexe/zef/blob/master/resources/config.json> for a little more information on how plugins are invoked.

You can see debug output related to chosing and loading plugins by setting the env variable ZEF_PLUGIN_DEBUG=1

FAQ

CPAN?

CPAN is now used as a default (alongside the familiar p6c "ecosystem").

    # Explicitly enable cpan (now defaults to the same as `zef search zef`)
    $ zef --cpan search Inline::Perl5

You can also use a beta version of MetaCPAN with --metacpan which uses Repository::MetaCPAN

    $ zef --metacpan search Inline::Perl5

Proxy support?

All the default fetching plugins have proxy support, but you'll need to refer to the backend program's (wget, curl, git, etc) docs. You may need to set an ENV variable, or you may need to add a command line option for that specific plugin in resources/config.json

Custom installation locations?

Pass a path to the -to / --install-to option and prefix the path with "inst#" (unless you know what you're doing)

    $ zef -to="inst#/home/perl6/custom" install Text::Table::Simple
    ===> Searching for: Text::Table::Simple
    ===> Testing: Text::Table::Simple:ver('0.0.3'):auth('github:ugexe')
    ===> Testing [OK] for Text::Table::Simple:ver('0.0.3'):auth('github:ugexe')
    ===> Installing: Text::Table::Simple:ver('0.0.3'):auth('github:ugexe')

To make the custom location discoverable:

    # Set the PERL6LIB env:
    $ PERL6LIB="inst#/home/perl6/custom" perl6 -e "use Text::Table::Simple; say 'ok'"
    ok

    # or simply include it as needed
    $ perl6 -Iinst#/home/perl6/custom -e "use Text::Table::Simple; say 'ok'"
    ok

Test reporting?

This feature can be enabled by passing `--p6ctesters` (and having "Net::HTTP" installed) or `--cpantesters` (and having "Zef::CPANReporter" installed)

Referenced By

zqt(1).

2017-10-09 perl v5.26.1 User Contributed Perl Documentation