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Hi Perrin,

Ive had similar issues as you are discussing here, and the approach ive come up with to work around them is as follows:

  • set the enviornment variable PERL5LIB to be the root of your "lib development path". So for my machine its set to
    perl5lib=d:\development\perl\devlib
    Now anything in this path is treated as it would be if it were per/lib or perl/site/lib
  • From this directory use h2xs to create a module framework. There is a trick with this however. Once you do
    h2xs -AXC -n Foo::Bar
    Go into the Bar directory and move everything up 1 level. And then lose the Bar directory.
    move *.* .. rd Bar
  • Now to save yourself some pain (IMO) create a subdirectory of Foo called t. move the created test.pl into /t and rename it test.t
And now you need to edit the various files created by h2xs. Dont forget to add the /t directory to the MANIFEST, change the A.U.THOR name, specify your prerequisites in the makfile.pm and add documentation.

Once all of this is done,(assuming i havent forgotten some niggling but important detail) your module should be _both_ useable as normal and usable as per make. Thus once you are happy with the module you should be able to say

nmake nmake test nmake dist
A caveat however: this technique has the problem that you can only be developing 1 module at a time in each path/class heirarchy. Ie you cant work on Foo::Bar and Foo::Baz at the same time (the makefiles and etc would overwrite each other.)

To be honest, normally I develop a module in the devlib _without_ using h2xs first. Then I use h2xs and copy everything but the autogenerated .pm file into the appropriate directory.

As always with advice like this: YMMV

Yves / DeMerphq
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In reply to Re: MakeMaker, h2xs, and writing CPAN modules by demerphq
in thread MakeMaker, h2xs, and writing CPAN modules by perrin

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