[Israel.pm] Include files in Perl dist.

Shlomi Fish shlomif at iglu.org.il
Sun Jul 8 01:21:33 PDT 2007

On Saturday 07 July 2007, Shmuel Fomberg wrote:
> From: Shlomi Fish
> Sent: Friday, July 06, 2007 8:24 PM
> >> An extention that I'm writing needs three include files:
> >> EXTERN.h, perl.h and XSUB.h
> >
> >You need to install the appropriate package like perl-devel or
> whatever.
> >These files are part of the core perl5 distribution. The distribution
> may
> >put
> >them under a different package than the perl5 bare essentials.
> >Please do not include these files in your CPAN distribution. Install
> the
> >appropriate (Linux distro's) package for that or build your own custom
> Perl
> >or whatever. It is expected that these headers will be installed on
> your
> >system when building a module.
> So, let me see if I understood you: as a module writer, I don't know if
> the target have these files, yet I should not pack them in the package.

No. As a module writer, you can assume that they exist on the target machine. 
It's just that if someone installs his distribution's perl, and expects to 
only install CPAN distributions from the distribution's native packages 
(.rpm/.deb/etc.), then he may not need them. In that case, he won't be able 
to compile such CPAN modules on his own.

> And if they should exists, where are they? (in the Config hash)

As far as I know, you don't have to worry about that. That is something that 
ExtUtils::MakeMaker or Module::Build should do for you, by appending the 
appropriate "-I" flags to the compiler.


	Shlomi Fish

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