in reply to Perl-specific automation tools?
What is Perl's answer to GNU Make?
The esteemed (late) Perl stalwart Nick Ing-Simmons, of Perl/Tk fame, answered
GNU Make with a module, Make.pm, and a script that uses it, pmake. Walter Higgins replied with TinyMake. Different people have come up with different ideas.
Tools like TT2 can replace some of
what Make does, as well. There is dependency-tracking intelligence
built in to TT2, I understand.
I'm just a huge fan of GNU Make (and BSD Make is a quite different and arguably more powerful tool, and is also very nice). I'm not going to be rushing to write a 'make' replacement anytime soon; I'd find it a better use of time to offer patches to GNU make to improve its behavior on marginal platforms (that odd little non-unixy one produced in Redmond comes to mind). That said, when 'building' a package for installation
does not involve much more than copying data from templates, with interpolation, and then finding the appropriate filesystem locations
in which to place the final result, Perl by itself is perfectly capable
of doing the job.
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