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ExtUtils::MM_Any(3)    Perl Programmers Reference Guide	   ExtUtils::MM_Any(3)

       ExtUtils::MM_Any - Platform-agnostic MM methods


	 package ExtUtils::MM_SomeOS;

	 # Temporarily, you have to subclass both.  Put MM_Any first.
	 require ExtUtils::MM_Any;
	 require ExtUtils::MM_Unix;
	 @ISA = qw(ExtUtils::MM_Any ExtUtils::Unix);


       ExtUtils::MM_Any is a superclass for the ExtUtils::MM_* set of modules.
       It contains methods which are either inherently cross-platform or are
       written in a cross-platform manner.

       Subclass off of ExtUtils::MM_Any and ExtUtils::MM_Unix.	This is a
       temporary solution.


       Any methods marked Abstract must be implemented by subclasses.

       Cross-platform helper methods

       These are methods which help writing cross-platform code.

       os_flavor  Abstract

	   my @os_flavor = $mm->os_flavor;

       @os_flavor is the style of operating system this is, usually
       corresponding to the MM_*.pm file we're using.

       The first element of @os_flavor is the major family (ie. Unix, Windows,
       VMS, OS/2, etc...) and the rest are sub families.

       Some examples:

	   Cygwin98	  ('Unix',  'Cygwin', 'Cygwin9x')
	   Windows NT	  ('Win32', 'WinNT')
	   Win98	  ('Win32', 'Win9x')
	   Linux	  ('Unix',  'Linux')
	   MacOS X	  ('Unix',  'Darwin', 'MacOS', 'MacOS X')
	   OS/2		  ('OS/2')

       This is used to write code for styles of operating system.  See
       os_flavor_is() for use.


	   my $is_this_flavor = $mm->os_flavor_is($this_flavor);
	   my $is_this_flavor = $mm->os_flavor_is(@one_of_these_flavors);

       Checks to see if the current operating system is one of the given

       This is useful for code like:

	   if( $mm->os_flavor_is('Unix') ) {
	       $out = `foo 2>&1`;
	   else {
	       $out = `foo`;


	   my @cmds = $MM->split_command($cmd, @args);

       Most OS have a maximum command length they can execute at once.	Large
       modules can easily generate commands well past that limit.  Its
       necessary to split long commands up into a series of shorter commands.

       "split_command" will return a series of @cmds each processing part of
       the args.  Collectively they will process all the arguments.  Each
       individual line in @cmds will not be longer than the
       $self->max_exec_len being careful to take into account macro expansion.

       $cmd should include any switches and repeated initial arguments.

       If no @args are given, no @cmds will be returned.

       Pairs of arguments will always be preserved in a single command, this
       is a heuristic for things like pm_to_blib and pod2man which work on
       pairs of arguments.  This makes things like this safe:

	   $self->split_command($cmd, %pod2man);


	   my @commands = $MM->echo($text);
	   my @commands = $MM->echo($text, $file);
	   my @commands = $MM->echo($text, $file, $appending);

       Generates a set of @commands which print the $text to a $file.

       If $file is not given, output goes to STDOUT.

       If $appending is true the $file will be appended to rather than


	 my $args = $mm->wraplist(@list);

       Takes an array of items and turns them into a well-formatted list of
       arguments.  In most cases this is simply something like:

	   FOO \
	   BAR \


	   my $filter_make_text = $mm->maketext_filter($make_text);

       The text of the Makefile is run through this method before writing to
       disk.  It allows systems a chance to make portability fixes to the

       By default it does nothing.

       This method is protected and not intended to be called outside of

       cd  Abstract

	 my $subdir_cmd = $MM->cd($subdir, @cmds);

       This will generate a make fragment which runs the @cmds in the given
       $dir.  The rough equivalent to this, except cross platform.

	 cd $subdir && $cmd

       Currently $dir can only go down one level.  "foo" is fine.  "foo/bar"
       is not.	"../foo" is right out.

       The resulting $subdir_cmd has no leading tab nor trailing newline.
       This makes it easier to embed in a make string.	For example.

	     my $make = sprintf <<'CODE', $subdir_cmd;
	 foo :
	     $(ECHO) what
	     $(ECHO) mouche

       oneliner	 Abstract

	 my $oneliner = $MM->oneliner($perl_code);
	 my $oneliner = $MM->oneliner($perl_code, \@switches);

       This will generate a perl one-liner safe for the particular platform
       you're on based on the given $perl_code and @switches (a -e is assumed)
       suitable for using in a make target.  It will use the proper shell
       quoting and escapes.

       $(PERLRUN) will be used as perl.

       Any newlines in $perl_code will be escaped.  Leading and trailing
       newlines will be stripped.  Makes this idiom much easier:

	   my $code = $MM->oneliner(<<'CODE', [...switches...]);
       some code here
       another line here

       Usage might be something like:

	   # an echo emulation
	   $oneliner = $MM->oneliner('print "Foo\n"');
	   $make = '$oneliner > somefile';

       All dollar signs must be doubled in the $perl_code if you expect them
       to be interpreted normally, otherwise it will be considered a make
       macro.  Also remember to quote make macros else it might be used as a
       bareword.  For example:

	   # Assign the value of the $(VERSION_FROM) make macro to $vf.
	   $oneliner = $MM->oneliner('$$vf = "$(VERSION_FROM)"');

       Its currently very simple and may be expanded sometime in the figure to
       include more flexible code and switches.

       quote_literal  Abstract

	   my $safe_text = $MM->quote_literal($text);

       This will quote $text so it is interpreted literally in the shell.

       For example, on Unix this would escape any single-quotes in $text and
       put single-quotes around the whole thing.

       escape_newlines	Abstract

	   my $escaped_text = $MM->escape_newlines($text);

       Shell escapes newlines in $text.

       max_exec_len  Abstract

	   my $max_exec_len = $MM->max_exec_len;

       Calculates the maximum command size the OS can exec.  Effectively, this
       is the max size of a shell command line.


	   my $make = $MM->make;

       Returns the make variant we're generating the Makefile for.  This
       attempts to do some normalization on the information from %Config or
       the user.


       These are methods which produce make targets.


       Generate the default target 'all'.


	   my $make_frag = $mm->blibdirs_target;

       Creates the blibdirs target which creates all the directories we use in

       The blibdirs.ts target is deprecated.  Depend on blibdirs instead.

       clean (o)

       Defines the clean target.


	 my $make_frag = $MM->clean_subdirs_target;

       Returns the clean_subdirs target.  This is used by the clean target to
       call clean on any subdirectories which contain Makefiles.


	   my $make_frag = $mm->dir_target(@directories);

       Generates targets to create the specified directories and set its
       permission to 0755.

       Because depending on a directory to just ensure it exists doesn't work
       too well (the modified time changes too often) dir_target() creates a
       .exists file in the created directory.  It is this you should depend
       on.  For portability purposes you should use the $(DIRFILESEP) macro
       rather than a '/' to seperate the directory from the file.



       Defines the scratch directory target that will hold the distribution
       before tar-ing (or shar-ing).


       Defines a target that produces the distribution in the
       scratchdirectory, and runs 'perl Makefile.PL; make ;make test' in that

       dynamic (o)

       Defines the dynamic target.


	 my $make_frag = $mm->makemakerdflt_target

       Returns a make fragment with the makemakerdeflt_target specified.  This
       target is the first target in the Makefile, is the default target and
       simply points off to 'all' just in case any make variant gets confused
       or something gets snuck in before the real 'all' target.


	 my $manifypods_target = $self->manifypods_target;

       Generates the manifypods target.	 This target generates man pages from
       all POD files in MAN1PODS and MAN3PODS.


	   my $target = $mm->metafile_target;

       Generate the metafile target.

       Writes the file META.yml YAML encoded meta-data about the module in the
       distdir.	 The format follows Module::Build's as closely as possible.


	   my $make_frag = $mm->distmeta_target;

       Generates the distmeta target to add META.yml to the MANIFEST in the

       realclean (o)

       Defines the realclean target.


	 my $make_frag = $MM->realclean_subdirs_target;

       Returns the realclean_subdirs target.  This is used by the realclean
       target to call realclean on any subdirectories which contain Makefiles.


	   my $target = $mm->signature_target;

       Generate the signature target.

       Writes the file SIGNATURE with "cpansign -s".


	   my $make_frag = $mm->distsignature_target;

       Generates the distsignature target to add SIGNATURE to the MANIFEST in
       the distdir.


	 my $make_frag = $mm->special_targets

       Returns a make fragment containing any targets which have special
       meaning to make.	 For example, .SUFFIXES and .PHONY.

       Init methods

       Methods which help initialize the MakeMaker object and macros.





       Called by init_main.  Sets up all INST_* variables except those related
       to XS code.  Those are handled in init_xs.



       Called by init_main.  Sets up all INSTALL_* variables (except





       init_VERSION  Abstract


       Initialize macros representing versions of MakeMaker and other tools

       MAKEMAKER: path to the MakeMaker module.

       MM_VERSION: ExtUtils::MakeMaker Version

       MM_REVISION: ExtUtils::MakeMaker version control revision (for

       VERSION: version of your module

       VERSION_MACRO: which macro represents the version (usually 'VERSION')

       VERSION_SYM: like version but safe for use as an RCS revision number

       DEFINE_VERSION: -D line to set the module version when compiling

       XS_VERSION: version in your .xs file.  Defaults to $(VERSION)

       XS_VERSION_MACRO: which macro represents the XS version.

       XS_DEFINE_VERSION: -D line to set the xs version when compiling.

       Called by init_main.

       init_others  Abstract


       Initializes the macro definitions used by tools_other() and places them
       in the $MM object.

       If there is no description, its the same as the parameter to
       WriteMakefile() documented in ExtUtils::MakeMaker.

       Defines at least these macros.

	 Macro		   Description

	 NOOP		   Do nothing
	 NOECHO		   Tell make not to display the command itself


	 SHELL		   Program used to run shell commands

	 ECHO		   Print text adding a newline on the end
	 RM_F		   Remove a file
	 RM_RF		   Remove a directory
	 TOUCH		   Update a file's timestamp
	 TEST_F		   Test for a file's existence
	 CP		   Copy a file
	 MV		   Move a file
	 CHMOD		   Change permissions on a

	 UMASK_NULL	   Nullify umask
	 DEV_NULL	   Suppress all command output

       init_DIRFILESEP	Abstract

	 my $dirfilesep = $MM->{DIRFILESEP};

       Initializes the DIRFILESEP macro which is the seperator between the
       directory and filename in a filepath.  ie. / on Unix, \ on Win32 and
       nothing on VMS.

       For example:

	   # instead of $(INST_ARCHAUTODIR)/extralibs.ld

       Something of a hack but it prevents a lot of code duplication between
       MM_* variants.

       Do not use this as a seperator between directories.  Some operating
       systems use different seperators between subdirectories as between
       directories and filenames (for example:	VOLUME:[dir1.dir2]file on

       init_linker  Abstract


       Initialize macros which have to do with linking.

       PERL_ARCHIVE: path to libperl.a equivalent to be linked to dynamic

       PERL_ARCHIVE_AFTER: path to a library which should be put on the linker
       command line after the external libraries to be linked to dynamic
       extensions.  This may be needed if the linker is one-pass, and Perl
       includes some overrides for C RTL functions, such as malloc().

       EXPORT_LIST: name of a file that is passed to linker to define symbols
       to be exported.

       Some OSes do not need these in which case leave it blank.



       Initialize any macros which are for platform specific use only.

       A typical one is the version number of your OS specific mocule.	(ie.



       Initialize MAKE from either a MAKE environment variable or


       A grab bag of methods to generate specific macros and commands.


       Defines targets and routines to translate the pods into manpages and
       put them into the INST_* directories.


	 my $pod2man_macro = $self->POD2MAN_macro

       Returns a definition for the POD2MAN macro.  This is a program which
       emulates the pod2man utility.  You can add more switches to the command
       by simply appending them on the macro.

       Typical usage:

	   $(POD2MAN) --section=3 --perm_rw=$(PERM_RW) podfile1 man_page1 ...


	 my $command = $mm->test_via_harness($perl, $tests);

       Returns a $command line which runs the given set of $tests with
       Test::Harness and the given $perl.

       Used on the t/*.t files.


	 my $command = $mm->test_via_script($perl, $script);

       Returns a $command line which just runs a single test without
       Test::Harness.  No checks are done on the results, they're just

       Used for test.pl, since they don't always follow Test::Harness


       Defines a simple perl call that runs autosplit. May be deprecated by
       pm_to_blib soon.

       File::Spec wrappers

       ExtUtils::MM_Any is a subclass of File::Spec.  The methods noted here
       override File::Spec.


       File::Spec <= 0.83 has a bug where the file part of catfile is not
       canonicalized.  This override fixes that bug.


       Methods I can't really figure out where they should go yet.


	 my $test = $mm->find_tests;

       Returns a string suitable for feeding to the shell to return all tests
       in t/*.t.


	   my @files_to_clean = $MM->extra_clean_files;

       Returns a list of OS specific files to be removed in the clean target
       in addition to the usual set.


	   my @installvars = $mm->installvars;

       A list of all the INSTALL* variables without the INSTALL prefix.
       Useful for iteration or building related variable sets.


	 my $wanted = $self->libscan($path);

       Takes a path to a file or dir and returns an empty string if we don't
       want to include this file in the library.  Otherwise it returns the the
       $path unchanged.

       Mainly used to exclude version control administrative directories from


	   my $make_frag = $mm->platform_constants

       Returns a make fragment defining all the macros initialized in
       init_platform() rather than put them in constants().

       Michael G Schwern <schwern@pobox.com> and the denizens of
       makemaker@perl.org with code from ExtUtils::MM_Unix and

perl v5.10.0			  2007-12-18		   ExtUtils::MM_Any(3)

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