[Bioperl-l] No more Makefile.PL (MakeMaker -> Module::Build)
bix at sendu.me.uk
Fri Nov 10 10:59:54 EST 2006
Chris Fields wrote:
> On Nov 10, 2006, at 4:15 AM, Sendu Bala wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Since I'm seeing inadequacies with the current Makefile.PL scripts we
>> have, I'm thinking of converting from ExtUtils::MakeMaker and the
>> Makefile.PL scripts to Module::Build Build.PL scripts.
> I don't have a problem with this as long as it works for all systems.
> It sounds like a good long-term solution, esp. for CPAN developer releases.
> However, we've already had three RC's using the regular old Makefile.PL
> setup, which seems to work fine for now. It also sounds like we will
> need to update all relevant installation documentation (since we can't
> run 'perl Makefile.PL' w/o Makefile.PL, unless I'm missing something).
> Hence I'm a bit worried about adding something new like this after three
> RCs and just before a final release.
> I think it's something we should do, but I'm not sure we should have it
> for this release.
Now that I'm looking into it, it seems like quite a job, and yes,
especially with all the documentation updates that need to be carefully
looked at. Though to answer your question, Makefile.PL would be
auto-generated by Build.PL immediately prior to a release and included
in the distribution file for end users to use, but it wouldn't be in
CVS. Such a Makefile.PL is essentially a front-end to the Build.PL for
For 1.5.2 I may just manually create a META.yml (the one generated via
Makefile.PL isn't good enough) which only affects CPAN behaviour and
nothing else we've been testing in the RCs.
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