[Bioperl-l] Symlink on install

Ben Faga faga at cshl.org
Thu Mar 17 13:42:19 EST 2005

Hello everyone,

I've replaced the bp_bulk_load_gff.pl with a script that takes the place
of both itself (mysql version) and bp_pg_bulk_load_gff.pl (postgres

Upon install of bioperl, I want to create a symbolic link from postgres
version to bp_bulk_load_gff.pl so that this change will be transparent
to people who have been using the postgres version.

I have a working solution but I wouldn't mind hearing suggestions and

The way that it works is on make, an external script symlink_scripts.pl
gets created with all the necessary path info.  In the postamble of
Makefile.PL, I inserted a line to call the symlink_scripts.pl file.  

Then on install, symlink_scripts.pl is run and creates the symbolic
link.  I used the Perl symlink function to create the link.  On systems
where symlink doesn't work, it catches the error and prints a note to
the user.  That is untested though since I have only tested it on a
fedora box.

If all of this sounds good, I have a question about where I should place
the symlink_scripts.PLS file.  It has been suggested that I might put it
in the maintenance directory.

Any thoughts.


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