On Friday, September 29, 2000 4:45 PM, Perl6 RFC Librarian
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> =head1 TITLE
> Perl modules should be built with a Perl make program
> =head1 VERSION
> Maintainer: Mark Leighton Fisher <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Date: 29 Sept 2000
> Mailing List: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Number: 349
> Version: 1
> Status: Developing
> =head1 ABSTRACT
> Everything but the 'perl' binary should be built with a make
> program written in Perl.
> =head1 DESCRIPTION
> There are inconsistencies between the versions of 'make'.
> We already have (from what I've gathered) quite reasonable
> make-like programs in Perl (pmake and cons). Using one
> tool written in Perl would make the build process both
> more reliable and more consistent by reducing the number
> of system-dependent entities in the build process.
> If a cons-like tool is chosen there is also the advantage
> of using a tool better able to handle complex builds.
> =head1 IMPLEMENTATION
> Probably either pmake or cons should be chosen rather than
> writing a tool from scratch, although virtual targets (targets
> like 'install' or 'all') should be added to cons before it
> is used in the Perl module build process.
> There should be a module corresponding to ExtUtils::MakeMaker
> that generates makefiles for the new Perl make-like program.
> =head1 REFERENCES
In fact, since half of perl is currently made using "miniperl" anyway, it would
seem logical to start the perl build itself, and not just modules, with a
platform-dependent script/batch file, then let perl run the show in a mostly
platform independent manner as soon as miniperl is up and running. Parameters
should exist in platform-dependent parameter files (to avoid huge command lines
for crippled OS's) and could use simple perl -pi~ -e 's/whatsis/whosis/g'. This
could also simplify the build environment somewhat. One parameter file could be
used for multiple compilers, or even multiple OS's, barring the dratted
This is how I'm building PerlMagic with MinGWin32.
Perl is hugely more functional even in the miniperl state than any make utility
I've ever used.