Steven Schubiger

Table of Contents

Common distribution "skeleton"
Module::Build successor of ExtUtils::MakeMaker?
Module::Build distribution "skeleton"
Module::Build::Convert's state of operation
Data section
Argument conversion
Default arguments
Sorting order
Begin code
End code
make2build basic usage
make2build switches

Copyright (c) 2005-2008 Steven Schubiger

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Common distribution "skeleton"

It has been common practice within the Perl community for ages to ship distributions with a Makefile.PL so that the user will be able to install the packages when he retrieves them either via the shell which the CPAN/CPANPLUS modules offer or via manual CPAN download.

The Makefile.PL consists of "meta information" which in the case of the distribution HTML::Tagset looks as follows:

Example 1. 

# This -*-perl-*- program writes the Makefile for installing this distribution.
# See "perldoc perlmodinstall" or "perldoc ExtUtils::MakeMaker" for
# info on how to control how the installation goes.

require 5.004;
use strict;
use ExtUtils::MakeMaker;

    NAME            => 'HTML::Tagset',
    AUTHOR          => 'Andy Lester <>',
    VERSION_FROM    => '', # finds $VERSION
    ABSTRACT_FROM   => '', # retrieve abstract from module
    PMLIBDIRS       => [qw(lib/)],
    dist            => { COMPRESS => 'gzip -9f', SUFFIX => 'gz', },
    clean           => { FILES => 'HTML-Tagset-*' },

Of interest are the arguments to WriteMakefile(), because they influence what Makefile is being written by ExtUtils::MakeMaker after the user has invoked the usual build & install procedure including the subsequent commands:

Example 2. 

% perl Makefile.PL
% make
% make test
# make install