[Bioperl-l] Optional dependency handling, devs please read

Hilmar Lapp hlapp at gmx.net
Tue Nov 21 14:41:25 EST 2006

I typically run (ran) perl Makefile.PL when I'm forced to, i.e., if  
someone changed Makefile.PL in the repository and I cvs update. Or if  
something is just going weird, as a last resort before rebooting ;)

On Nov 21, 2006, at 12:41 PM, Sendu Bala wrote:

> With the new Build.PL, when it does its check to see if optional
> external modules are installed or not, for each module that isn't
> installed I can print out details of what Bioperl modules need it and
> why and then ask if you'd like to install that module before  
> proceeding.
> This is obviously very useful for people doing one-off installations
>> from CPAN, giving them informed choices and letting them avoid any
> problems with particular external modules (vs. having all or  
> nothing by
> installing Bundle::BioPerl).
> But for developers, if you choose not to install a module, you'll keep
> getting asked if you want to install it every time you run Build.PL.
> So the question is, would this be too annoying? How often do you run
> Build.PL? (Or, how often did you do 'perl Makefile.PL' previously?) I
> run it all the time because I'm developing the thing and trying to  
> sort
> out installation issues, but would it bother anyone else?
> Cheers,
> Sendu.
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