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Axel Thimm
January 5, 2003 06:52
Re: MakeMaker problems with relocation
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On Wed, Jan 01, 2003 at 02:11:00PM -0800, Michael G Schwern wrote:
> 6.06 is not ready to be rolled into Perl yet.  The Unix parts are ok, but
> the Win32, VMS and MacPerl bits are borked.  This likely doesn't matter to
> Redhat and they should be safe using the 6.06 alpha in their devel version
> (Rawhide?)

I picked the latest rawhide perl release and split off the MakeMaker bits into
perl-ExtUtils-MakeMaker as a seperate rpm. This makes that part separately
replacable (same trick is used for other parts of perl like perl-CGI). You can
get it from (binary rpms
are provided for RH80).

I was about to package a snapshot of 6.06 alpha to continue the testdrive, but
I cannot download for
some days now.

> That's all been thrown out.  The new logic is much simpler and does not try
> to second-guess.
> With this in mind, you probably want to do something like this:
>      require ExtUtils::MakeMaker;
>      if( $ExtUtils::MakeMaker::VERSION <= 5.45 ) {
>      	 perl Makefile.PL
> 	 make
> 	 make install PREFIX=$RPM_TMP_ROOT/usr
>      }
>      elsif( $ExtUtils::MakeMaker::VERSION >= 6.06 ) {
>      	 perl Makefile.PL
> 	 make
> 	 make install DESTDIR=$RPM_TMP_ROOT
>      }
>      else {
>      	 unsupported version of MakeMaker, please upgrade.
>      }

I think these checks should be done at rpm-build time (in the spec file), and
not at src.rpm-build time. Unfortunately rpm conditionals for requirements do
only allow for ANDing conditions, not for ORing, which makes it even more
messy ... :(

How about the following hardliner suggestion:

a) src.rpms should always require MakeMaker's version to be larger than 6.05
   (e.g. 6.06, when it is about to be released or something like 6.05.99 for
   indicating the beta version):
   BuildRequires: perl(ExtUtils::MakeMaker) > 6.05
b) We use the method that is currently supported:
   perl Makefile.PL PREFIX=bar [...] make install PREFIX=foo
   as this seems to be the most forward-compatible and user comprehensive way
   to go.
c) We provide modified perl and perl-ExtUtils-MakeMaker rpms (like the above)
   until the vendors catch up.

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