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Re: RFC: Deprecating Module::Build

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From:
H.Merijn Brand
Date:
May 22, 2013 19:33
Subject:
Re: RFC: Deprecating Module::Build
Message ID:
20130522213241.016ef1e5@pc09.procura.nl
On Wed, 22 May 2013 13:44:38 -0400, David Golden <xdg@xdg.me> wrote:

> I propose deprecating Module::Build from core in 5.19 and removing it in 5.21.

++ from me

> My rationale:
> 
> * Module::Build has been in life-support maintainance for a couple
>   years now (thank you leont for taking up that awful task)
> 
> * CPAN clients have supported configure_requires to bootstrap a build
>   tool since Perl 5.10.1 almost a decade ago
> 
> * CPAN.pm has support for auto-detecting an undeclared dependency on
>   Module::Build and installing it when needed [1]
> 
> While many people still use M::B for their modules, it does not need
> to be in core for CPAN modules to depend on it.  Module::Build can be
> removed from core and CPAN clients will install it on demand.
> 
> Given that it is buggy, complex and nearly unmaintained, I don't think
> the core should implicitly be promising support for it.  The fewer
> modules in core, the less work for core maintainers.
> 
> (Personally, I hope the development of a Build.PL specification [2]
> will encourage new, better successors anyway.)
> 
> If you disagree, now is the time to speak up.  Ideally, if you care
> enough about keeping Module::Build in core, you'll also volunteer to
> take over active maintenance for it, right?  :-)
> 
> David
> 
> [1] detection of undeclared M::B dependency was buggy, which implies
> it hasn't been an issue in years anyway. I've sent a pull request to
> fix it just in case.
> 
> [2] https://github.com/Perl-Toolchain-Gang/cpan-api-buildpl
> 
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