[Bioperl-l] Splits again

Sendu Bala bix at sendu.me.uk
Thu Jun 28 18:59:35 EDT 2007


David Messina wrote:
>> people don't have to 'install' Bioperl, they can still just
>> uncompress the archive (or check out the package from svn) and
>> point their PERL5LIB to the root dir of the package.
> 
> Could you elaborate a bit on how this works? How is XS code that 
> needs compiling handled? Or the scripts directory? I would love to be
> able to do this.

I meant for the most part. Core doesn't have any XS code so that's not 
an issue. Scripts can be run manually like any other perl script. When 
you discover something isn't working because of a missing external 
dependency, you just install it. (But that happens very rarely.)

Personally I've /never/ installed Bioperl and used that installed set of 
modules. I've always just pointed my PERL5LIB at the distribution folder 
or my cvs checkout.

Which makes me a strange candidate for advocating all these 
CPAN-specific changes, but there you go ;)


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