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Russ Allbery
January 4, 2016 19:52
Re: podlators 4.04 released
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"Craig A. Berry" <> writes:
> On Sun, Jan 3, 2016 at 12:39 AM, Russ Allbery <> wrote:

>> I'm pleased to announce release 4.04 of podlators.  This fixes some
>> test portability and merges changes made as part of the import into
>> blead.

>> Please let me know of any problems or feature requests not already listed
>> in the TODO file.

> One of the recent integrations did away with
> cpan/podlators/scripts/pod2man.PL and
> cpan/podlators/scripts/pod2text.PL and added pre-built versions in
> cpan/podlators/bin.  Core integration then put copies of the .PL files
> in utils/ but did not change the location in utils.lst.  This makes it
> dodgy whether they will get built and installed correctly on non-Unix
> systems and partially undoes the intent of
> <>.

> I think core integration would be easier if we just stuck with .PL
> files under cpan/podlators/scripts. That way they'll get built
> correctly for the target platform and there should be less
> customization to bring a new version into core.  Is there any reason
> to prefer distributing Unix-specific scripts under bin/?

My understanding was that it's no longer necessary to use .PL scripts and
all of their machinery just to replace the #! line (and that's all
podlators needs done), and that ExtUtils::MakeMaker now knows how to
replace the #! lines properly without requiring that be written out
manually in every package.

Is that not the case?  If not, I can restore the previous wrappers, but I
was really hoping that was a thing of the past.

ExtUtils::MakeMaker's documentation for EXE_FILES says:

   If your executables start with something like #!perl or #!/usr/bin/perl
   MakeMaker will change this to the path of the perl 'Makefile.PL' was
   invoked with so the programs will be sure to run properly even if perl
   is not in /usr/bin/perl.

Russ Allbery (              <>

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