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Re^8: Make program used by Perl in windows

by Corion (Pope)
on May 02, 2012 at 08:08 UTC ( #968388=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^7: Make program used by Perl in windows
in thread Make program used by Perl in windows

The thing is that Module::Build has failed in its 10 years of existence to take over from ExtUtils::MakeMaker. In my opinion quite rightfully so, as it is far easier to debug a Makefile using make -n than it is to debug various opaque layers of Module::Build to find out what goes wrong.

In retrospect, it seems that Module::Build falls in the same category as ORMs - instead of "I don't know SQL, so I want to write database access as if it were Perl" it falls in the pit of "I don't know make so I want to write module installation/compilation as if they were Perl".

I understand that extending ExtUtils::MakeMaker may be much hairier than extending Module::Build, but when it fails, the Makefile generated by EU:MM is far easier to debug and "fix" (by direct editing) than divining the error cause from the Module::Build modules and inventing a fix for them.

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Re^9: Make program used by Perl in windows
by Anonymous Monk on May 02, 2012 at 09:39 UTC

    Me too, I completely understand and I agree :)

    Even though it recently took me a bit to find makemaker overrides dmake MAXLINELENGTH -- after I went through all the trouble of editing dmake config to add a larger limit, makemaker lowballed me, I still prefer makemaker, even though I hate makefiles :)

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