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Re^2: On packaging modules

by itub (Priest)
on Nov 23, 2004 at 15:15 UTC ( #409912=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: On packaging modules
in thread On packaging modules

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who is extremely annoyed by Module::Build's disregard towards PREFIX . The Module::Build documentation says:
Note that this is different from how MakeMaker's PREFIX parameter works. PREFIX tries to create a mini-replica of a site-style installation under the directory you specify, which is not always possible (and the results are not always pretty in this case).
Ok, so they decided not to support PREFIX because they don't think it's pretty? I don't know what they mean when they say "it is not always possible". PREFIX has always worked for me (with ExtUtils::MakeMaker), and I assume that other people who choose to use it also found that it works for them.

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Re^3: On packaging modules
by dragonchild (Archbishop) on Nov 23, 2004 at 15:30 UTC
    More importantly, why isn't it always possible (or pretty)? If it's because the C-64 or the Amiga doesn't support it, I couldn't care less. But, frankly, if s/he explained the problem, maybe a few more heads would find a solution to the problem ...

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Re^3: On packaging modules
by lachoy (Parson) on Nov 24, 2004 at 02:01 UTC
    Jeez, give them a little credit would you? Read more about the nastiness of PREFIX, and take a breather before getting so annoyed next time :-)

    Chris
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      Thanks for the pointer; I see now why PREFIX is a headache to implement. But it is also a headache for us happy users of PREFIX whenever we find a module that can't be installed in the usual way. The last time I had that problem I decided that it was less of a headache to compile and install my own perl (using the "prefix" option to Configure) and then install everything to my new "system" directories, rather than to figure out how to ensure that Module::Build- and ExtUtils::MakeMaker-based distributions get installed in the same place...

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