Section: User Contributed Perl Documentation (3pm)
# In a Build.PL : use Module::Build; my $build = Module::Build->new ( module_name => 'Foo::Bar', license => 'perl', create_makefile_pl => 'traditional' ); ...
"ExtUtils::MakeMaker"has been the standard way to distribute modules for a long time, many tools (CPAN.pm, or your system administrator) may expect to find a working Makefile.PL in every distribution they download from CPAN. If you want to throw them a bone, you can use
"Module::Build::Compat"to automatically generate a Makefile.PL for you, in one of several different styles.
"Module::Build::Compat"also provides some code that helps out the Makefile.PL at runtime.
$build. This is typically controlled by passing the desired style as the
"new()"method; the Makefile.PL will then be automatically created during the
The currently supported styles are:
"ExtUtils::MakeMaker"and won't rely on
"Module::Build"at all. In order to create the Makefile.PL'', we'll include the
"build_requires"dependencies as the
"perl Build.PL"stage you ask the user questions, or do some auto-sensing about the user's environment, or if you subclass
"Module::Build"to do some customization, because the vanilla Makefile.PL won't do any of that.
"Module::Build"installed in order to use this, or else they'll get a module-not-found error.:
"small"option above, but if
"Module::Build"is not already installed on the user's system, the script will offer to use
"CPAN.pm"to download it and install it before continuing with the build.
"configure_requires"metadata property and install Module::Build before running Build.PL if Module::Build is listed and Module::Build now adds itself to configure_requires by default. Perl 5.10.1 includes
"configure_requires"support. In the future, when
"configure_requires"support is deemed sufficiently widespread, the
"passthrough"style will be removed.
"perl Makefile.PL"command. Because
"Module::Build"accept different arguments, this method also performs some translation between the two.
"run_build_pl()"accepts the following named parameters:
"args"parameter specifies the parameters that would usually appear on the command line of the
"perl Makefile.PL"command - typically you'll just pass a reference to
"write_makefile()"accepts the following named parameters:
So, some common scenarios are:
"Module::Build"before installing your module.
"ExtUtils::MakeMaker"way of doing things.
"create_makefile_pl()". Users won't ever have to install
"Module::Build"if they use the Makefile.PL'', but they won't get to take advantage of
"Module::Build"'s extra features either.
For good measure, of course, test both the Makefile.PL and the Build.PL before shipping.
"Module::Build::Compat". This will mean that people can continue to use the ``old installation commands, and they may never notice that it's actually doing something else behind the scenes. It will also mean that your installation process is compatible with older versions of tools like CPAN and CPANPLUS.:
Ken Williams <email@example.com>
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