[dancer-users] Questions about distributing Dancer2 applications

Maxwell Carey mcarey at ucar.edu
Tue May 6 18:20:23 BST 2014

I have a Dancer2 application that I'd like to distribute. I have a 
couple of questions about the process that may be more related to 
ExtUtils::MakeMaker than to Dancer, but I figured I'd ask here first 
since deployment of web applications seems a little different from 
installing regular modules.

1. Typically when you install a Perl package with

     perl Makefile.PL && make && make install

modules goes somewhere like /usr/local/lib/perl5/, binaries go somewhere 
like /usr/local/bin/, documentation goes somewhere else, and so on. I 
don't want my application fragmented like that (and I don't think it 
would even work if it were); when users run `make install` I want 
everything from my MANIFEST to simply be copied into the install 
directory as-is. For example, I want to end up with


I assume this is how most Dancer/Dancer2 apps would have to be installed 
to work properly...how can I do this? I tried

     perl Makefile.PL INSTALL_BASE=/usr/local/myapp/

but that puts myapp.pm in /usr/local/myapp/lib/perl5/ and doesn't copy 
any of the other files or directories I want, like public/.

2. My app includes an index page containing links to other pages on the 
same server, e.g.

     <a href="http://host.example.com/foo">foo</a>

This page is served with send_file, no templates involved. So far I have 
simply hard-coded the server name into the file, but that won't work 
when somebody tries to install it on another server.

I thought I could use the PL_FILES attribute to WriteMakefile() to run a 
script that fills in the correct host name during the build process. 
Would this be a reasonable approach?

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