Dist::Zilla::Plugin::ArchiveTar - Create dist archives using Archive::Tar
This Dist::Zilla plugin overrides the build in archive builder and uses Archive::Tar only. Although Dist::Zilla does frequently use Archive::Tar itself, it is different from the built in version in the following ways:
The built in behavior will sometimes use Archive::Tar or Archive::Tar::Wrapper. The problem with Archive::Tar::Wrapper is that it depends on the system implementation of tar, which in some cases can produce archives that are not readable by older implementations of tar. In particular GNU tar which is typically the default on Linux systems includes unnecessary features that break tar on HP-UX. (You should probably be getting off HP-UX if you are still using it in 2021 as I write this).
The contents of the archive are sorted by name instead of being sorted by filename length. While sorting by length makes for a pretty display when they are unpacked, I find it harder to find stuff when the content is listed.
This plugin supports the use of compression formats supported by Archive::Tar.
[ArchiveTar] format = tar.gz
Sets the output format. The default, most common and easiest to unpack for cpan clients is
tar.gz. You should consider carefully before not using the default. Supported formats:
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