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30.2803 Sat Jul 15 08:26:34 CDT 2006
5 - The META.yml file in the last release was all screwed up, so the
6 distribution wasn't indexed properly. Fixed in this release.
80.2802 Fri Jul 14 22:40:34 CDT 2006
10 - Added reliance on, which means we should deal much
11 better with the wide range of version specifications one finds on
12 CPAN. This is made possible by recent releases of that
13 give the user a pure-perl option, so installing
14 shouldn't be too onerous for most users. [John Peacock]
16 - We should be accepting the default when we're in unattended mode,
17 not acting dumb and ignoring both the default and the [empty]
18 answer from the user. Fixed. [Spotted by Nik Clayton]
200.2801 Sun May 21 00:07:40 CDT 2006
22 - Module::Build::Compat's emulation of INC is incorrectly prepending
23 a -I to the value of INC. This is incorrect because there should
24 already be a -I on the value. I.E. it's "perl Makefile.PL INC=-Ifoo"
25 not "perl Makefile.PL INC=foo" so Compat should not prefix a -I.
26 [Michael Schwern]
28 - Native batch scripts under Windows should not be converted by
29 pl2bat. [Spotted by Ron Savage]
31 - Tweaked the way we determine whether a file is executable on Unix.
32 We use this determination to decide whether to make it executable
33 during installation. [Julian Mehnle]
35 - Replaced a vestigial 'next' with 'return' now that the code is in a
36 subroutine (htmlify_pods()), not a loop. [Ron Savage]
38 - Fixed a guaranteed failure in t/signature.t when TEST_SIGNATURE was
39 set. [Eric R. Meyers]
41 - Fixed a test failure that occurred when testing or installing in
42 unattended mode - the code to test whether unattended mode and
43 attended mode are working properly was assuming that we started out
44 in attended mode. [Steve Peters]
46 - Improved our stand-in YAML generator that we use to generate
47 META.yaml when authors don't have a copy of installed on
48 their machine. It was unable to handle things like embedded
49 newlines in the data, now it has a much more extensive escaping
50 mechanism. [Stephen Adkins]
52 - Revised the docs for --prefix and PREFIX. [Michael Schwern]
540.28 Thu Apr 27 22:25:00 CDT 2006
56 - When y_n() or prompt() are called without a default value and the
57 build seems to be unattended (e.g. in automatic CPAN testing), we
58 now die() with an error message rather than silently returning
59 undef for prompt(), or looping indefinitely for y_n().
61 - When searching for '.modulebuildrc', return the first HOME-like
62 directory that actually contains the file instead of the first
63 existing directory. Document the search locations and the order
64 searched. [Spotted by David Golden]
66 - Split the API documentation out of Module::Build::Authoring into
67 its own document: Module::Build::API.
69 - We should not emit a warning if a Module::Build subclass is
70 required in a Makefile.PL that is not bundled in the current
71 distribution; it may be installed on the user's system. [Spotted by
72 Tyler MacDonald]
74 - copy_if_modified() now preserves the executable bit of the source
75 file. [Spotted by Julian Mehnle]
77 - Fixed compatibility of our screen-scraping the Test::Harness output
78 so we can recognize the most recent Test::Harness version. [Steve
79 Hay]
81 - Backing out a requirement added in 0.27_06 on the method y_n()
82 to always include a default. This behavior would cause existing
83 build scripts to start failing. We now fail with a missing default
84 only when $ENV{PERL_MM_USE_DEFAULT} is set because there is no
85 reasonable default.
87 - Make install_types() method smarter with respect to custom install
88 types.
90 - Add documentation for the install_base_relpaths() and
91 prefix_relpaths() methods. Improved their usage for a public API,
92 and added tests.
940.27_10 Tue Mar 28 22:50:50 CST 2006
96 - Added the create_packlist property, default true, which controls
97 whether packlist files will be written during installation. This
98 was already part of Module::Build 0.2609, but for some reason we've
99 forgotten it in the 0.27_xx series. [Spotted by Steve Kirkup]
101 - Document the versions of Module::Build where each feature, action,
102 constructor argument, and method was first publicly documented.
104 - More fixes for find_perl_interpreter() to work with BSD flavored
105 UNIX: Ensure we always return absolute paths; throw an exception
106 upon failure to find correct interperter; document everything.
108 - We now include our own work-alike that we can use when the
109 real YAML isn't installed. We might soon even start using it when
110 YAML is installed, because the YAML API and dependency chain have
111 been changing in unfavorable ways lately. [Stephen Adkins]
113 - Fixed some shell-argument-quoting issues on VMS. In the process,
114 we have added some support for avoiding tripping over
115 shell-argument-quoting issues on other platforms too. [Initial
116 patch by Craig A. Berry]
1180.27_09 Sat Mar 11 22:48:54 EST 2006
120 - Fixed find_perl_interpreter() so we can find the perl executable
121 when running from uninstalled perl even when $^X contains a
122 relative path. [Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes]
124 - Fixed warning message where we were printing the wrong field names.
125 [Chris Dolan]
127 - Added a 'testpodcoverage' action that runs a POD coverage check for
128 all modules in the distribution. [Yanick Champoux]
130 - Added a Cookbook example of subclassing to modify an action. [Dylan
131 Martin and David Golden]
133 - When building HTML documentation, we were opening the POD file and
134 not checking whether the open succeeded, which of course caused
135 problems down the line if it failed. Now we do "or die(...)" like
136 everywhere else. [Spotted by Joerg Braun]
1380.27_08 Fri Mar 3 21:22:41 CST 2006
140 - Due to shell quoting issues and differences in syntax between
141 various flavors of Windows, the code for the 'pl2bat' utility
142 distributed with Perl has been incorporated into M::B::P::Windows.
143 [Thanks to Dr Bean and Ron Savage for help testing and isolating
144 the problem.]
146 - Modify add_build_element() so that it only adds elements if they
147 don't already exist. [David Wheeler]
149 - Fixed a bug in the 'pass-through' Makefile.PL in which we would die
150 if CPAN::Shell->install returned false, but apparently this return
151 value is unreliable. Now we only die if the module is actually
152 unavailable after installation.
154 - Fixed testing problems on VMS related to non-case-preserving
155 filesystems. We now bundle Tie::CPHash in the distribution (just
156 for testing purposes, it doesn't get installed) to help with
157 this. [Craig Berry and Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes]
159 - We incorrectly documented the 'dynamic_config' flag in the META.yml
160 file as having a default value of false, but according to the
161 META.yml spec (which, for heaven's sake, we wrote) its default
162 value is true. Fixed. [Spotted by Adam Kennedy]
164 - The have_c_compiler() method was dying if the ExtUtils::CBuilder
165 module wasn't around, which is obviously an unhelpful thing to do.
166 Now it just returns false. [Spotted by John Peacock]
168 - Fix detection of $VERSION expressions that are not
169 assignments. [Spotted by Chris Dolan]
171 - Obfuscate one of our constructs that uses a $VERSION variable,
172 because it was getting picked up by ExtUtils::MakeMaker's
173 version-finder. [Spotted by Randal Schwartz]
175 - The config_data script for querying and/or setting a module's
176 config data was forgetting to call write() after setting config
177 values (though setting feature values was working fine).
178 Fixed. [Brian Duggan]
180 - On Windows, remove the pl2bat generated 'Build.bat' script without
181 the annoying "The batch file cannot be found." error. [Solution
182 provided by RazTK and foxidrive on newsgroup alt.msdos.batch]
184 - Our version comparisons should now work correctly with modules that
185 use to delcare their versions (e.g. "our $VERSION =
186 version->new('1.0.0')"). [John Peacock and Ron Savage]
188 - We now create a Build.bat script on versions of Windows where it
189 makes sense. [Yves]
191 - Fixed the verbiage around choosing the correct make-alike on
192 different platforms to suggest using 'perl -V:make'. [Suggested by
193 anonymous user]
1950.27_07 Wed Feb 1 20:07:45 CST 2006
197 - The notes() method now returns the new value when called with two
198 arguments, just like when it's called with one argument. [Tyler
199 MacDonald]
201 - The notes() method now distinguishes among the values undef, 0, and
202 the empty string, where previously it didn't. [Tyler MacDonald]
204 - We now unshift(@INC) rather than push(@INC) for the directory where
205 a build subclass lives, so that we're sure to pick up the right
206 version and not some already-installed version. [perlmonkey]
208 - The SIGNATURE file for version 0.27_06 (and I'm sure for lots of
209 versions before that too!) was messed up, since we were modifying
210 some files after signing. This has been band-aided for the time
211 being by signing twice. [Reported by Chris Dolan]
2130.27_06 Mon Jan 23 21:44:54 CST 2006
215 - Fixed an undefined-variable warning when building the META.yml file
216 and the author hasn't used the 'module_name' mechanism. [Chris Dolan]
218 - We should now work with recent (> 0.49) versions of when
219 creating the META.yml file. [Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes]
221 - The y_n() method now requires the default parameter, and the
222 prompt() and y_n() methods have been improved with respect to
223 how they behave/detect when there is no user to ask. We're now
224 more consistent with MakeMaker, including respecting the
225 PERL_MM_USE_DEFAULT environment variable. [Tyler MacDonald and
226 Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes]
228 - When building a README file using Pod::Text, work around a bug in
229 Pod::Text 3.01, which expects Pod::Simple::parse_file to take input
230 and output filehandles when it actually only takes an input
231 filehandle. [Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes]
2330.27_05 Thu Jan 12 17:39:21 CST 2006
235 - In t/, we were attempting to let the user's installed
236 Test::More take precedence over ours, but getting thwarted by all
237 the test scripts' loading Test::More beforehand. Fixed. [Spotted
238 by Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes]
240 - In various test scripts, we were outputting some strings that
241 weren't strictly conformant with Test::Harness's expected input,
242 though it didn't actually cause problems. Now we're more
243 conformant, though not yet strict. [Spotted by Yitzchak
244 Scott-Thoennes]
2460.27_04 Fri Dec 23 10:43:34 CST 2005
248 - Removed experimental feature that extended the prerequisite system
249 to apply ('requires', 'recommends', and 'conflicts') prereqs to all
250 actions. Most of the internal extensiblity has been retained so
251 that prereq types can easily be added, more selectively.
253 - Added a 'prereq_report' action that shows the user a well-formatted
254 list of all prerequisites, the versions required, and the versions
255 actually installed. [David Wheeler]
257 - Clarified the directory name that's created during the 'distdir'
258 action. [Suggested by Tyler MacDonald]
260 - Fixed a bug when creating the META.yml file without the help of
261 - some common strings weren't quoted & escaped properly.
262 Now only some uncommon ones are. [Spotted by Joshua ben Jore]
264 - Fixed a bug in which an "UNINST=1" argument specified to a
265 passthrough Makefile's "make install" wasn't actually seen by
266 Module::Build.
268 - Rather than dying when the Build script is run from the wrong
269 directory, it now simply chdir()s into the right directory and
270 keeps going. [Suggested by Dominique Quatravaux]
272 - Added an "Examples on CPAN" section to the cookbook, with an
273 initial entry pointing to John Peacock's SVN-Notify-Mirror
274 distribution.
276 - Add an invoked_action() method to return the name of the original
277 action invoked by the user.
279 - Add 'meta-spec' field to the generated META.yml file, including the
280 version of the specification followed by the current Module::Build
281 and the url where the specification can be found.
283 - Introduced two actions, 'html' & 'manpages', that generate
284 documentation for POD when the respective feature is enabled. The
285 actions will generate the documents even if there is no set place
286 to install to. However, if the actions are invoked as a dependency
287 of another action (e.g. build), the documentation will only be
288 built when there is a default or user-specified place to install to.
290 - Added support for environment variable, 'MODULEBUILDRC', which can
291 be used to specify the full path to an option file to use instead
292 of the default location of ~/.modulebuildrc. A special undocumented
293 setting of 'NONE' tells Module::Build not to load any user settings,
294 so tests can be run without tainting from user options.
296 - Documented and improved preliminary support for more Getopt::Long
297 style options are supported, including boolean options (--verbose,
298 --no-verbose), and use of hyphens in option names in addition to
299 underscores.
301 - The option to disable/enable reading of the ~/.modulebuildrc file
302 is changed from 'skip_rcfile' to 'use_rcfile'
304 - Allow the 'distmeta' action to continue when 'MANIFEST' is missing,
305 omitting the generation of the 'provieds' field. [Steven Schubiger]
307 - Fixed some failing regex from generated MANIFEST.SKIP file.
309 - Fixed an edge case in $VERSION parsing where we thought a package()
310 declaration was happening but it wasn't. [David Golden]
312 - Added docs for the install_destination() and install_types() methods.
3140.27_03 (Beta for 0.28) Mon Oct 10 11:19:23 EDT 2005
316 - We now use ExtUtils::CBuilder to do all compiling of C code (for
317 example, when compiling XS modules). (This change actually
318 occurred in 0.27_01, but it was mistakenly omitted from the Changes
319 file.)
321 - Fixed an issue on Win32 (and other case-tolerant
322 non-case-preserving systems, possibly like VMS?) in which the
323 current working directory would sometimes be reported with
324 different case, fooling us into thinking that we were in the wrong
325 directory. [David Golden]
327 - The extra_compiler_flags setting was not actually being passed
328 along to ExtUtils::CBuilder so it could pass it along to the
329 compiler. Now it is.
331 - The synonyms 'scripts' and 'prereq' for 'script_files' and
332 'requires' were broken in a previous version (0.27_01, probably),
333 but now they're fixed. [David Golden]
335 - Previously, we assumed that any custom subclass of Module::Build
336 was located in _build/lib/. This is only true if the author used
337 the subclass() method, though. We now use %INC to find where the
338 custom subclass really is, so that we can "use lib" it. We also
339 issue a warning if it seems to be outside the build directory.
340 [Spotted by Peter Tandler]
342 - Added a URL for each license type that we know about, which will
343 appear as resources=>license: in the generated META.yml file.
345 - If the user passes a no_index parameter to our constructor, we now
346 pass that through when building the META.yml file. [Richard
347 Soderberg, RT #9603]
349 - A few more status messages can now be suppressed by using 'quiet'
350 mode. [Dave Rolsky]
352 - Added some more entries to the default MANIFEST.SKIP file. [Chris
353 Dolan]
355 - Our POD parser will now accept "AUTHORS" as well as "AUTHOR" when
356 looking for the author list in a module. [David Wheeler]
358 - When looking for the POD to auto-generate a README file, or for the
359 AUTHOR or ABSTRACT for the distribution, we now also look for a
360 *.pod with the same name as the *.pm file specified by
361 'version_from'. [David Golden]
363 - The recommended dependency on ExtUtils::ParseXS has been moved into
364 the "C_support" auto_feature.
366 - When building XS files, we now pass the -DVERSION and -DXS_VERSION
367 flags to the compiler. [Spotted by Jerry Hedden]
369 - If a distribution has XS files and Module::Build has not been
370 configured with the "C_support" feature, we now issue a
371 warning. [Suggested by Jerry Hedden]
373 - Added a dir_contains() method.
375 - Some versions of MakeMaker, CPANPLUS, and/or PAUSE thought that a
376 certain line of our code was declaring a $VERSION when we didn't
377 intend to. The line has been obscurified so they won't think that
378 anymore. [Jos Boumans, RT #14226]
380 - Added the Apache, MIT, and Mozilla licenses to the list of licenses
381 that this module knows about. [Bob Ippolito]
383 - Fixed a pretty significant typo in the documentation for
384 auto_features. [Spotted by Jonas B. Nielsen]
386 - In order to aid people who want to do customization of the META.yml
387 file, we've added a "metafile" property that can then be easily
388 overridden in subclasses, changed do_create_meta_yml() to
389 do_create_metafile(), and split out the code that actually
390 generates the YAML into a new method, write_metafile(). [David
391 Wheeler]
393 - Fixed a couple of non-helpful behaviors with extra_compiler_flags
394 and extra_linker_flags. These will automatically be run through
395 split_like_shell() when given to new() as strings.
397 - When the user doesn't have ExtUtils::ParseXS installed and we use
398 the old 'xsubpp', the displayed command line for creating the .c
399 file from the .xs file was missing its newline. Now it's got it.
4010.27_02 (Beta for 0.28) Fri Jul 15 07:34:58 CDT 2005
403 - Provided initial support for the --prefix installation parameter,
404 which acts like MakeMaker's PREFIX. It is still highly recommended
405 NOT to use it when you could reasonably use --install_base or
406 --install_path or --install_dest, but that's just because the way
407 --prefix is designed is weird and unpredictable. Ultimately the
408 choice rests with the installing user. [Patches by Michael Schwern
409 and Rob Kinyon]
411 - Fixed a bug in subclass() which prevented people from using it to
412 subclass subclasses of Module::Build. [Chris Dolan]
414 - Added a 'pure_install' action, which for the time being is
415 identical to the 'install' action. [Jos Boumans]
417 - Fixed a POD error in an L<http://...> tag. [Offer Kaye]
419 - Note several options for automatically creating a new module dev
420 tree. [Suggested by Eric Wilhelm]
422 - Removed some hard-coded references to File::Spec::Unix in the
423 creation of HTML docs, which should help that code work in more
424 places, and help people not to panic when they look at it. [Spotted
425 by Yves]
427 - We now use Pod::Readme by default (instead of Pod::Text) to
428 generate the README file when the 'create_readme' option is used.
429 If Pod::Readme is not installed, we will still fall back to using
430 Pod::Text. [Robert Rothenberg]
432 - The values of the "prefix", "install_base", "install_path", and
433 "install_dest" parameters can now begin with "~" or "~user", and
434 we'll de-tilde-ify them by using glob().
436 - The (optional) auto-creation of the README and Makefile.PL files
437 have been moved from the 'distdir' action to the 'distmeta'
438 action. [David Golden]
440 - When looking for a .modulebuildrc file, we now use a fancier method
441 of trying to find the home directory, because $ENV{HOME} isn't a
442 very cross-platform variable. [Robert Rothenberg]
444 - We now memoize the output of the internal _default_INC() method,
445 since it uses backticks and might be kind of slow.
447 - When processing XS files, we now look for a typemap in lib/ as well
448 as using the system's default typemap. [John Peacock]
450 - The DESTDIR, PREFIX, and INSTALL_BASE arguments to "make install"
451 are now supported for pass-through Makefiles (they've been
452 supported for quite a while as arguments to "perl
453 Makefile.PL"). [Requested by Guillaume Rousse]
455 - Test::Harness has changed its output format in recent versions,
456 which threw off one of our tests. We now allow for this different
457 format. [Reported by Scott Godin]
459 - Fixed an issue that prevented Module::Build from upgrading itself
460 using its own API (which is how CPANPLUS uses it). There are still
461 some issues with this solution, however. See ticket #13169 in
462 [Reported by Jos Boumans]
464 - Fixed a fatal error that occurred when a distribution's author
465 could not be determined from its POD nor from the call to
466 Module::Build->new() in its Build.PL. See ticket #12318 in
467 [Reported by Jos Boumans]
469 - Apparently on Windows and cygwin it's not possible to use the "-pi"
470 switch to perl without a backup extension, so now we use ".bak" and
471 remove the backup file when we're done. Thus the "dist" action for
472 Module::Build itself can now be run on those platforms. [Yitzchak
473 Scott-Thoennes]
475 - Improved the handling of auto_features in the config_data access
476 script. [Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes]
4780.27_01 (Beta for 0.28) Fri Apr 15 21:12:57 CDT 2005
480 Backward-incompatible (but better) changes:
482 * When using the 'install_base' option to choose a directory for
483 installing everything, perl modules now go into lib/perl5/ instead
484 of just lib/. It seems this is more consistent with people's
485 expectations, and the way I had it before was a bit peculiar to the
486 way I like things in my own home directory. [Michael Schwern]
488 * When the user is using the 'install_base' option, scripts will now
489 be installed by default in $install_base/bin/ rather than
490 $install_base/script/ . [Jan Hudec and Michael Schwern]
492 Major changes:
494 - The auto_features mechanism will now re-evaluate dependencies every
495 time feature() is called for an auto-feature, rather than freezing
496 the success/failure value during 'perl Build.PL' and using that
497 value for all eternity (or module update, whichever comes first).
498 This applies to both $build->feature() and
499 FooModule::ConfigData->feature() calls. [Requested by many]
501 - Added the meta_add and meta_merge mechanisms, which let the module
502 author add/merge arbitrary entries into the META.yml file.
504 - Now reads per-action default options from '$ENV{HOME}/.modulebuildrc'
505 if it exists. Command line options override anything set in the rc file.
507 - We now use ExtUtils::CBuilder to do all compiling of C code (for
508 example, when compiling XS modules).
510 - The creation of Unix man pages is no longer a strict necessity - it
511 has now been turned into an 'auto-feature' contingent on the
512 presence of Pod::Man and a location specified for man pages to go.
514 - A user-specified 'install_path' setting will now take precedence
515 over an 'install_base' setting. This allows the user to use
516 'install_base' to set the base for all elements in one go, and then
517 use 'install_path' to override specific paths or add paths for
518 additional kinds of targets.
520 - Split the main documentation from 'Module/' into two
521 sections. The user level documentation and overview remains in
522 'Module/', while a new document,
523 'Module/Build/Authoring.pod', has been created for module authors.
525 Minor changes:
527 - new_from_context() was losing its arguments in some cases (and not
528 because of inadequate training in forensic debate) - we now pass its
529 arguments directly to the Build.PL script rather than merging them
530 in afterwards.
532 - Let resume() return an object blessed into the appropriate class
533 if the user has provided a subclass, as specified by the
534 'build_class' property. This allows current() and new_from_context()
535 to behave more like factory methods returning objects of the correct
536 class based on context. [Ray Zimmerman]
538 - Refactored methods relating to parsing perl module files for
539 package, version, and pod data into a new class:
540 Module::Build::ModuleInfo. It should not be considered part of
541 Module::Build's API, because we may split it out entirely as a
542 separate CPAN module that we depend on.
544 - Added new method Module::Build::prepare_metadata() for authors to
545 override in order to add custom fields to META.yml.
547 - We now use Test::More for our regression tests. If the user
548 doesn't have it installed, we include a copy in t/lib/ that we can
549 use during testing.
551 - When copying files in the 'distdir' action, set permissions to match
552 the original files. [Julian Mehnle]
554 - When adding files like META.yml to the MANIFEST, we now tell the
555 user we're doing so by printing one of the "Added to MANIFEST: ..."
556 lines. [Ron Savage]
558 - Added a runtime_params() method, which lets a module author see
559 which parameters were overridden by the user on the command line
560 (or in whatever paradigm the user originally invoked Module::Build
561 from). [David Wheeler]
563 - Added the current_action() method, which, surprisingly, returns the
564 name of the currently running action. [David Wheeler]
566 - Added docs for run_perl_script().
568 - Added some stuff to the docs about why PREFIX is unsupported, and
569 what to use instead. [Steve Purkis]
571 - The simple get/set accessor methods for all the 'parameters' like
572 verbose(), license(), etc. now have auto-generated documentation in
573 Module/
575 - Created a Cookbook entry for 'Adding new elements to the install
576 process'
578 - We now add META.yml to the MANIFEST when META.yml is created, not
579 when MANIFEST is created. [Spotted by Ron Savage]
581 - Added some additional patterns to the suggested MANIFEST.SKIP
582 contents, and changed the docs so that we encourage the user to use
583 the MANIFEST.SKIP. [Ron Savage]
585 - Eliminated a redundant recipe from the Cookbook, now that there are
586 some more extensive recipes on how to add stuff to the
587 build/install sequences.
589 - Eliminated an undefined-variable warning when testing under perl 5.005
591 - When building HTML documentation, 'html_backlink' and 'html_css'
592 properties are now first-class properties, so they can be set from
593 the command line. [Suggested by Sagar R. Shah]
595 - Have script_files default to everything in bin. I believe this is
596 the least surprising behavior. [Suggested by Michael Schwern]
598 - If script_files is given a directory, consider each file in that
599 directory tree as a script to be installed. This avoids having to
600 remember to add to the script_files list every time you add a
601 program. [Suggested by Michael Schwern]
603 - We now only load Pod::Man when we actually need to build man pages.
605 - We now make Test::Harness use our carefully-selected path to a perl
606 executable regardless of Test::Harness's version. Previously we
607 let it figure stuff out for itself if it was a reasonably modern
608 version, but it's safer to make sure we're using the same perl
609 everywhere.
6110.2610 Fri Apr 15 08:25:01 CDT 2005
613 - new_from_context() was losing its arguments in some cases (and not
614 because of inadequate training in debate) - we now pass its
615 arguments directly to the Build.PL script rather than merging them
616 in afterwards. [Ray Zimmerman]
618 - Fixed a bug in which config_data and feature data were being
619 forgotten and no module would get written. [Ray
620 Zimmerman]
622 - Added a recipe to the cookbook showing how to run a single test
623 file from the command line. [William McKee]
625 - For command-line arguments, we now accept the syntax "--foo=bar" in
626 addition to "--foo bar" and "foo=bar". This seems to fit well with
627 what GNU getopt and Getopt::Long do, and with people's
628 expectations. [Adam Spiers]
6300.2609 Wed Mar 16 22:18:35 CST 2005
632 - The html docs that were created during the first invokation of
633 './Build' were being found and treated as pod that needed to be
634 converted to html during subsequent invokations. We now are more
635 specific about the directories we scan for pod that needs to be
636 converted, effectively avoiding blib/html. [Ray Zimmerman]
638 - If Pod::Man is not available, we now skip building man pages
639 (rather than dying) and tell the user why.
641 - We now write a .packlist file upon installation, in the same place
642 that ExtUtils::MakeMaker does. [Johnny Lam]
644 - On some Unix platforms (BSD derivatives, mostly) perl's $^X
645 variable isn't set to the full path of the perl executable, just
646 'perl', when the 'Build' script is run as './Build' and not 'perl
647 ./Build'. This can lead to some other modules (maybe
648 Test::Harness, maybe IO::File, I dunno...) getting very confused
649 about where they are, and they try to load stuff from the wrong
650 perl lib, and big trouble ensues. To fix this, we now set $^X to
651 the value of Module::Build->find_perl_interpreter().
653 - The 'distcheck' action will now die() if it finds an error in the
654 MANIFEST, rather than just printing on STDOUT. [David Golden]
656 - When the README and/or Makefile.PL are autogenerated using
657 create_readme or create_makefile_pl, we now automatically make sure
658 they're also listed in the MANIFEST file. [Suggested by Michael
659 Schwern]
661 - Got rid of the t/MANIFEST file - it's superfluous, and it had
662 zero-length, which some versions of Tar don't like. [William
663 Underwood]
665 - Added a mention in the documentation that each property that new()
666 accepts also has a corresponding get/set accessor. (In the version
667 0.27_0x series each accessor method is mentioned explicitly in the
668 docs.) [Omission spotted by Ian Langworth]
6700.2608 Wed Jan 26 19:46:09 CST 2005
672 - Add workaround for test files because Devel::Cover causes
673 require to fail when the argument to require is an expression
674 involving File::Spec. We now assign the result of the File::Spec
675 call to a variable and then call require with that variable.
677 - Tilde-expansion is now performed on arguments passed to a
678 compatibility-Makefile.PL [Spotted by Sam Vilain]
680 - We now run the 'gzip' and 'tar' values through split_like_shell()
681 when running the 'dist' action, so that e.g. the 'gzip' value can
682 be set to something like "gzip -f --best" and it'll work
683 correctly. [Spotted by Chris Dolan]
685 - Work around some bad mojo between Fedora Core [with its very long
686 @INC] and old versions of Test::Harness [with its propensity to
687 compound the number of @INC entries] that produced an "argument
688 list too long" error during testing. [assisted by Ville Skytta,
689 David Golden, & Randy Sims]
691 - Killed an infinite loop that would happen in y_n() in interactive
692 mode if the author provided no default value. [Max Maischein]
6940.2607 (Bug fix release in 0.26 series) Sat Dec 18 14:14:09 CST 2004
696 - Instead of freezing @INC in the 'Build' script to the value it had
697 when Build.PL was run, we now just add those additional values that
698 aren't part of the default compiled-in @INC. [Michael Schwern]
700 - The run_perl_script() method will now propagate any extra entries
701 in @INC (such as those added by "use lib" or the -I command-line
702 switch) to the subprocess. This helps situations in which you want
703 to tell the subprocess where to find a certain module, for
704 instance. [Michael Schwern]
7060.2606 (Bug fix release in 0.26 series) Tue Dec 7 22:33:11 CST 2004
708 - Fixed a linking bug on Win32, in which compiled C code object files
709 never got linked in with the modules being built. [Dominic
710 Mitchell]
712 - Fixed a bug in the new_from_context() method in which any arguments
713 passed made us die. [Spotted by Jos Boumans]
7150.2605 (Bug fix release in 0.26 series) Tue Nov 30 07:16:13 CST 2004
717 - Fixed a bug in which zero-length arguments for hash-valued
718 parameters (e.g. " --config foo= ") weren't being allowed.
720 - The tests now play better with environments in which is
721 pre-loaded, like in bleadperl. [John Peacock & Michael Schwern]
723 - Fixed a syntax error in one of the tests under perl 5.005.
7250.2604 (Bug fix release in 0.26 series) Wed Nov 17 14:32:42 CST 2004
727 - Fixed a split_like_shell() bug introduced in 0.2603 for Windows, in
728 which an array reference passed as an argument was returned as an
729 array reference, rather than as a list. [Spotted by Steve Hay]
731 - module_name() will now return '' instead of undef when module_name
732 is not set. This eliminates a couple uninitialized-value
733 warnings. [Suggested by Michael Schwern]
735 - The expand_test_dir() method will now skip dotfiles (like ._foo.t,
736 which sometimes gets automatically created on Mac systems) when
737 'recursive_test_files' is in effect. [Tom Insam]
7390.2603 (Bug fix release in 0.26 series) Mon Nov 15 10:28:00 CST 2004
741 - Added documentation for the new_from_context() method.
743 - Completely rewrote the split_like_shell() method for the Windows
744 platform so it works like the shell. [Randy Sims]
7460.2602 (Bug fix release in 0.26 series) Thu Nov 4 11:19:29 CST 2004
748 - The two bug fixes in 0.2601 gnashed against each other incorrectly,
749 resulting in a Win32 bug in split_like_shell(). Fixed. [Spotted
750 by Steve Hay & Randy Sims]
752 - Removed a couple of 'use warnings' statements from the code - they
753 were causing compile failures on 5.005_04, where isn't
754 available. [Blair Zajac]
7560.2601 (Bug fix release in 0.26 series) Wed Nov 3 20:09:27 CST 2004
758 - Fixed some backslash problems with split_like_shell() on
759 Win32. [Steve Hay]
761 - Fixed a bug in split_like_shell() in which leading whitespace was
762 creating an empty word, manifesting as something like "gcc - no
763 such file or directory" during tests. [Spotted by Warren L. Dodge]
7650.26 Sat Oct 9 17:51:01 CDT 2004
767 - Removed some language from the Module::Build::Compat documentation
768 that encouraged people to include a Build.PL without a Makefile.PL.
769 Also changed "a replacement for MakeMaker" to "an alternative to
770 MakeMaker" in the main documentation, which is basically what I
771 meant all along (i.e. a replacement for MakeMaker in your
772 particular build process - MakeMaker is never going to be fully
773 replaced in the perl world at large, of course), but some people
774 got the impression I was a little more truculent toward MakeMaker
775 than I really am.
777 - Added the formal concepts of "features" and "config data" for
778 distributions. This allows the module author to define a certain
779 set of features that the user can switch on and off (usually
780 according to whether they have the proper prerequisites for them),
781 and to save build-time configuration information in a standardized
782 format. See the main documentation of Module::Build for more
783 details. (Note that the name of this system was called
784 "BuildConfig" for a while in beta, but now it's called
785 "ConfigData".)
787 - Added an 'auto_features' capability, which simplifies the process
788 of defining features that depend on a set of prerequisites.
790 - Added the 'get_options' parameter, which lets module authors
791 declare certain command-line arguments their Build.PL can accept
792 [David Wheeler]
794 - Changed the split_like_shell() method to use the shellwords()
795 function from Text::ParseWords (a core module since 5.0), which
796 does a much better job than the split() we were using.
798 - Added a 'testpod' action, which checks the syntactic validity of
799 all POD files in the distribution using Test::Pod. This eliminates
800 the need for doing so in a regression test. [Initial patch by Mark
801 Stosberg]
803 - Added a process_files_by_extension() method, which generalizes the
804 kind of processing (essentially just copying) that happens for .pm
805 and .pod files, and makes it available to other user-defined types
806 of files. See the new cookbook entry.
808 - Improved compatibility with when authors are using
809 version objects as their $VERSION variables. Now
810 version_from_file() can deal with these objects. Currently we
811 stringify them right away, but perhaps in the future we will
812 preserve them as objects for a while.
814 - During 'distdir' and 'distmeta' actions, die a bit more gracefully
815 if there's no MANIFEST (i.e. explicitly say that a MANIFEST is
816 required). [Spotted by Adrian Howard]
818 - Eliminated a recursive dependency between creating the MANIFEST
819 file and creating the META.yml file. [Spotted by Dave Rolsky]
821 - On Win32, where a single directory might be known variously as
822 "Module-Build-0.25_03" or "MODULE~1.25_", we now use
823 Win32::GetShortPathName($cwd) to verify that the 'Build' script is
824 being run from the correct directory, rather than just a string
825 comparison.
827 - The add_to_cleanup() method will now accept glob()-style patterns
828 in addition to explicit filenames. Also documented the fact that
829 they can be specified in either Unix-style or native-style
830 notation.
832 - Passing a PREFIX value to a pass-through Makefile 'make install'
833 now has the same effect as passing it to 'perl Makefile.PL' (it
834 dies with a helpful message).
836 - Added the 'testcover' action, which runs a test suite using
837 Devel::Cover. [Dave Rolsky]
839 - Added the 'lib' and 'arch' installation directories to the search
840 path for the 'diff' action, since they won't necessarily (though
841 they usually will) be in @INC at installation time. [Suggested by
842 Kevin Baker]
844 - The "=head3" POD directive isn't supported in older podlators
845 (particularly Pod::Man), so we don't use it anymore.
847 - Fixed a typo & improved the docs in the SUBCLASSING section. [Ron
848 Savage]
850 - Added the '.tmp' suffix to the default MANIFEST.SKIP file, which
851 should avoid adding things like pod2htmi.tmp to the MANIFEST [Ron
852 Savage]
854 - Backup files from Emacs, containing the string '.#' in their names,
855 should no longer find their way into the blib/ directory (and from
856 there into installation directories).
858 - Worked around an unpleasant interaction between and the
859 version-checking code that makes sure Module::Build's version
860 hasn't changed during the lifetime of the 'Build' script. [Reported
861 by Trevor Schellhorn]
863 - Fixed a problem in htmlify_pods() that would produce test failures
864 on Cygwin (and probably elsewhere). [Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes]
866 - Fixed a test failure on Cygwin (and probably elsewhere) in
867 t/compat.t, resulting from empty environment variables being set to
868 the empty string (as opposed to simply being unset) by their mere
869 presence in the "EXPORT:" list.
871 - Fixed a fatal error that occurred when the author specified
872 'dist_author' manually in their Build.PL script. [Spotted by Ron
873 Savage]
875 - The 'provides' section of the META.yml file wasn't being built
876 properly on Win32, because of a mismatch between URL-format and
877 native-format pathnames. Fixed. [Reported by Robert Rothenberg]
879 - The progress message "lib/Foo.xs -> lib/Foo.c" was previously being
880 output even when the Foo.c file wasn't being rebuilt. It's now
881 fixed.
883 - Fixed a couple of places in where it could have forgotten
884 which perl interpreter it had been run with ($^X isn't very
885 trustworthy).
887 - On some systems, the way we updated the timestamp on the
888 "lib/" file (one of the output files for XS-based modules)
889 was failing. It's been replaced by a simple call to utime().
891 - Fixed a problem in t/compat.t that prevented it from being run
892 individually using 'make test TEST_FILES=t/compat.t'. The problem
893 was that a couple environment variables (TEST_FILES, MAKEFLAGS)
894 were being passed through to subprocesses, and confused them.
896 - Fixed an important typo in the documentation for the 'install_base'
897 parameter ('libdoc' and 'bindoc' were switched). [Ray Zimmerman]
899 - The pass-through Makefiles (type 'small' or 'passthrough') now
900 support the TEST_FILES parameter to 'make test'.
902 - Fixed a fatal error that would occur on perl 5.005 when building
903 HTML documentation, because its version of Pod::Html was old and
904 didn't like some of the parameters we fed it. [Spotted by Blair
905 Zajac]
907 - The final line of the generated pass-through Makefile was missing
908 its trailing newline, which is now fixed. [Chip Salzenberg]
910 - We now depend on YAML version at least 0.35 and at most version
911 0.49, so that we don't pick up a new (and backward-incompatible) beta
912 version from CPAN.
914 - Squashed a warning in t/basic.t about '"Foo::Module::VERSION" used
915 only once', and one in PPMMaker about $^V being undefined. [Blair
916 Zajac]
918 - Added a couple temporary output files from HTML documentation
919 generation to the cleanup list. [Toby Ovod-Everett]
921 - The PodParser module will now only extract paragraphs in the
922 'AUTHOR' section of the pod if they contain an '@' character. This
923 tends to do a better job, heuristically speaking, of returning
924 relevant stuff.
926 - Added regression tests and a helper method ( add_build_elements() )
927 for adding new elements to the build process. Also some
928 documentation.
930 - Wrote a recipe in the Cookbook for adding new elements to the build
931 process, and a recipe for changing the order in which the steps in
932 the build process will occur.
9340.25 Sun Apr 25 11:12:36 CDT 2004
936 - During the 'distdir' action, if no MANIFEST.SKIP file exists, we
937 will now create a reasonable default one. [Randy Sims]
939 - In Makefile compatibility mode, some arguments (like UNINST,
940 TEST_VERBOSE, etc.) given to 'make' are now recognized and passed
941 through to Module::Build. [Randy Sims]
943 - The regression tests now make sure that several pass-through
944 Makefile.PL parameters are dealt with correctly.
946 - Added support for the 'LIB' parameter to passthrough
947 Makefile.PLs. [Spotted by Jesse Erlbaum]
949 - Passing a 'PREFIX' parameter to a passthrough Makefile.PL was
950 supposed to make it die with a helpful error message, but instead
951 it just ignored it and blindly tried to install to the wrong place.
952 This is now fixed. [Spotted by Jesse Erlbaum]
954 - Added an extra_compiler_flags() accessor method.
956 - If the 'recursive_test_files' option was turned on, the test files
957 weren't sorted, but returned in an apparently random order. Now
958 they're sorted. [Martyn Peck]
960 - Documented the 'tar' and 'gzip' parameters to the 'dist' and
961 'ppmdist' actions.
963 - The generation of HTML documentation now works (it was accidentally
964 partially implemented with an itchy patch-application finger in
965 0.24). [Randy Kobes]
967 - Fixed a fatal bug when building META.yml with and
968 'dynamic_config' is set. [Reported by Jaap Karssenberg]
970 - Fixed some incorrect error messages that occurred when
971 compiling/linking C sources went awry.
973 - If the author uses a custom builder subclass, that subclass will
974 now be loaded correctly in the passthrough Makefile.PL if the
975 author uses the 'small' or 'passthrough' Makefile.PL options in
976 Module::Build::Compat. [Martyn Peck and Jaap Karssenberg]
978 - If the author uses a custom builder subclass created dynamically
979 through the subclass() method, passthrough Makefile.PLs (of type
980 'passthrough' or 'small') didn't work properly, because the custom
981 builder module wouldn't be loaded at the right time. This has been
982 fixed. [Reported by Toby Ovod-Everett]
984 - In M::B-generated 'traditional' Makefile.PLs, the entries in
985 'PREREQ_PM' are now sorted ASCIIbetically rather than randomly.
987 - The install_types() method will now return any additional types
988 given as 'install_path' arguments, as well as all elements of the
989 current 'install_sets' entry. This makes it easier to add new
990 types of installable objects to the mix.
992 - As a consequence of the previous change, there is no longer any
993 need to have an explicit 'install_types' data member, so it has
994 been removed.
996 - In the second example code for the Module::Build->subclass()
997 method, the Module::Build module needed to be loaded before calling
998 its methods. [John Peacock]
1000 - Fixed minor error in the POD structure of Module::Build and
1001 Module::Build::Platform::VMS docs.
10040.24 Wed Feb 25 15:57:00 CST 2004
1006 - Fixed a problem with incude_dirs not being propagated to the 'ccs'
1007 file when compiling XS files on Win32. [Randy Sims and Steve Hay]
1009 - In 0.23, Module::Build::Compat->fake_makefile() started choking
1010 when no 'build_class' parameter was supplied in the Makefile.PL.
1011 Since these Makefile.PLs still exist on CPAN, we now default
1012 'build_class' to 'Module::Build', which was the old 0.22 behavior
1013 anyway. [Reported by Martin Titz and Jeremy Seitz]
1015 - Added documentation for the 'include_dirs' parameter to
1016 new(). [Steve Hay]
1018 - Changed the no-op command on Win32 from 'rem' to 'rem>nul' inside
1019 pass-through Makefiles. [Randy Sims]
1021 - The 'autosplit' parameter now accepts an array reference if
1022 multiple files should be split. [Jaap Karssenberg]
1024 - find_perl_interpreter() will now use $^X (if absolute), $ENV{PATH}
1025 (if $^X isn't absolute), and $Config{perlpath}, in that order.
1026 Also, we now make darn sure the result is the same version of perl,
1027 by checking Config::myconfig() for a match against the current
1028 perl. [Reported by Edward Sabol]
1030 - Fixed a fatal error on Win32 (and any other platform that doesn't
1031 define an installation location for Unix-style man pages) during
1032 installation.
10340.23 Sun Feb 8 22:01:18 CST 2004
1036 - Fixed a compatibility problem in pass-through Makefiles (created by
1037 Module::Build::Compat). Some 'make' utilities (for example, BSD
1038 make) didn't like a '@' by itself on a line, so we stole some
1039 'NOOP' code from MakeMaker to fix it. [Reported by Mathieu Arnold]
1041 - Added a 'ppm_dist' action, which just makes the PPD file and then
1042 makes a tarball out of the blib/ directory. [Randy Sims]
1044 - The @INC of the parent process is now propagated to child processes
1045 when processing *.PL files. [Reported by Jaap Karssenberg]
1047 - We now only attempt to fix the shebang line on a script if the
1048 shebang line matches the regex /perl/i . This fixes some instances
1049 where people put shell scripts in their distributions. [Jaap
1050 Karssenberg]
1052 - We no longer generate a 'requires', 'recommends', 'conflicts',
1053 etc. entry in the META.yml file if there's no data to go in it.
1055 - Added a documentation reference to Michael Schwern's wiki for tips
1056 on conversion from MakeMaker to M::B. [Randy Sims]
1058 - If there are script_files, we now add EXE_FILES to the
1059 'traditional' Makefile.PL generated by M::B::Compat. [Suggested by
1060 Yuval Kogman]
1062 - Documented the 'test_files' parameter to new(). [Reported by Tony
1063 Bowden]
1065 - Fixed a problem in "Build help <action>", which didn't find the
1066 correct help chunk if <action> was the final element in a POD
1067 list. [Jaap Karssenberg]
1069 - Fixed a problem in the get_action_docs() method which gave
1070 incorrect results if the method was called more than once in the
1071 same program.
1073 - Fixed a problem in which actions defined by user subclasses
1074 wouldn't be available via the pass-through Makefiles created by
1075 Module::Build::Compat. [Reported by Jaap Karssenberg]
1077 - We now use Data::Dumper instead of our own ad-hoc serialization
1078 routines to create the 'traditional' Makefile.PL
1079 arguments. [Suggested by Yuval Kojman]
10810.22 Sat Jan 10 22:05:39 CST 2004
1083 - On Unixish platforms, the syntax "FOO=BAR /bin/baz arg arg" now
1084 works when present in $Config{ld}. This solves a problem on Mac OS
1085 X 10.3. [Reported by Adam Foxson]
1087 - The have_c_compiler() now also tests whether the linker seems to
1088 work too.
1090 - Fixed a problem with creating the distribution tarball in which
1091 permissions would usually be all read-only. We now use our own
1092 file-copying routines rather than those in ExtUtils::Manifest,
1093 because those do some annoying extra permissions-setting stuff for
1094 no apparent reason. It makes me happy that this was a very very
1095 easy patch to make. [Reported by Thomas Klausner]
1097 - The compile_c() method now includes $Config{cccdlflags} in its
1098 command invocation. It's usually empty, but not always, so we
1099 didn't notice for a while. [Richard Clamp]
1101 - On some platforms it's common to have a $Config{make} defined, but
1102 no 'make' utility actually available. We now detect this and skip
1103 some 'make' compatibility tests. [Randy Sims]
1105 - Fixed a spurious testing failure on non-Unix platforms that
1106 happened because we accidentally call localize_file_path() on empty
1107 strings in the test suite. [Spotted by Randy Sims on Windows]
1109 - Made the 'name', 'abstract', 'author', and 'version' properties
1110 required when building a PPD file. [Spotted by Randy Sims, Dave
1111 Rolsky, & Glenn Linderman]
1113 - When building a 'traditional' Makefile.PL with
1114 Module::Build::Compat, we now use 'VERSION_FROM' when possible,
1115 rather than always using 'VERSION'. This way the Makefile.PL
1116 doesn't have to get modified every release.
1118 - Made some fixups to the 'PPM' info-file, improving compatibility
1119 with ActiveState's PPM tools. [Randy Sims, Glenn Linderman]
1121 - The 'dist_author' property can now accept multiple authors, see the
1122 docs for more info. [Randy Sims]
1124 - If the user doesn't have installed during ACTION_dist, we
1125 now create a minimal anyway, without any dependency
1126 information.
1128 - The 'distribution_type' field is no longer created in META.yml
1129 files, in accordance with the finding made at the London CLPAN
1130 meeting that it's essentially meaningless and ill-defined.
1132 - The 'dist' action now accepts an optional 'tar' parameter to use a
1133 system utility for building the tarball, and a 'gzip' parameter for
1134 compressing it. If these are used, Archive::Tar won't be invoked.
1135 This was added because Archive::Tar is producing some very
1136 non-cross-platform tarballs that many tar utilities can't handle.
1138 - During testing, if isn't installed, then we won't try
1139 making a tarball either, since this would invoke YAML to create the
1140 META.yml file.
1142 - Fixed a problem with chmod() being called incorrectly on MacOS
1143 (i.e. MacPerl, not Mac OS X). [Spotted by Paul Sanford Toney]
1145 - Fixed a problem with the --config flag not being treated properly
1146 (essentially ignored) on the command line for 'perl Build.PL' or
1147 'Build <action>'. [Spotted by Jakub Bogusz]
1149 - Added a new config() method to get at the Build object's notion of
1150 the %Config hash.
1152 - Test::Harness is starting to contend for the Most Crotchety Module
1153 Award. Work around a few of its nits when setting harness
1154 switches. [Spotted by Diab Jerius]
1156 - Now the Build script will die() if we're run from the wrong
1157 directory, rather than trying to chdir() to what it thinks is the
1158 right directory and do its work there. See
1159 . [Chris Dolan]
1161 - Changed the manpage separator on OS/2 to '.'. [Ilya Zakharevich]
1163 - On OS/2, disable C compilation, since apparently it isn't working
1164 there. [Reported by Ilya Zakharevich]
1166 - Inserted a comment into auto-generated Makefile.PLs saying it was
1167 auto-generated. [Randy Sims]
1169 - Fixed some annoying behavior in generated passthrough Makefile.PLs
1170 when the user chose not to install Module::Build, or if
1171 installation failed. [Reported by Ilya Zakharevich and Richard
1172 Clamp]
1174 - Moved the documentation for 'codebase' to the section where it's
1175 relevant. [Randy Sims, Glenn Linderman]
1177 - Fixed a have_c_compiler() failure on some platforms, we now define
1178 a boot_compilet() function (since we're compiling a library, not an
1179 executable). [Randy Sims]
1181 - Added a recipe to the Module::Build::Cookbook describing how to
1182 maintain compatibility with older versions of [Jim Cromie]
1184 - Removed caveat about "looking for alternatives" in how hashes are
1185 specified on the command line, since an alternative has been found.
1187 - Previously most warnings about optional prerequisites looked like
1188 they were actually error messages about required prerequisites.
1189 This has been corrected. [Reported again by Sagar Shah]
1191 - Added support for building XS (and C in general) stuff on AIX.
1192 This was done by a small reorganization of prelink_c() method from
1193 to, and it is only invoked for the platforms
1194 that need it invoked. AIX also massages some very naughty bits
1195 (MakeMaker macro variables) in $Config{lddlflags} that should never
1196 have been put there, but alas, they're there, so we find & resolve
1197 them.
1199 - Added OS/2 ($^O = 'os2') to the list of Unix-like platforms. This
1200 basically means that most platform-specific operations will be done
1201 in a Unix-like manner.
1203 - Pass-through Makefiles will now die() when they're given a PREFIX
1204 parameter, and suggest using 'destdir' or 'install_base' instead.
1205 Previously they just ignored the parameter and tried to install to
1206 the default location, which is clearly not what the user wanted.
1208 - Updated my email address in the documentation to a more recent
1209 variant.
1211 - Add NetBSD to the list of Unix-like systems. [Adrian Bunk]
1213 - Add SVR5 to the list of Unix-like systems. [Rafael Garcia-Suarez]
1215 - We now use Pod::Parser to find the ABSTRACT and AUTHOR when it's
1216 available on the system. [initial patch by Randy Sims]
1218 - Fixed a little scalar/list buglet in a documentation example.
12200.21 Wed Oct 15 20:47:05 CDT 2003
1222 - Added a have_c_compiler() method.
1224 - Added documentation for the requires(), recommends(),
1225 build_requires(), and conflicts() methods.
1227 - On Unix platforms, we now create the "Build" script with a #! line
1228 matching the perl interpreter that was used to invoke the Build.PL
1229 script, rather than whatever is in $Config{startperl}. This avoids
1230 a potential warning about the interpreters not matching. [Spotted
1231 by Ken Y. Clark]
1233 - The Unix version now uses the safer multi-argument form of system()
1234 when building distribution tarballs.
1236 - Added a regression test for the 'dist' action to the t/runthrough.t
1237 test.
1239 - Fixed a problem with File::Spec usage when creating the names of
1240 'libdoc' manual pages - the code wasn't dealing with the volume or
1241 file portions correctly on certain platforms.
1243 - When creating the names of the 'libdoc' manual pages, we no longer
1244 assume that pods are under the hard-coded paths 'blib/lib' or
1245 'blib/arch'.
1247 - Fixed a crashing bug that could sometimes occur when the
1248 distribution contained no 'lib' directory. [Chris Dolan]
1250 - Fixed a crashing bug that happened when the user had .PL files in
1251 the lib/ directory and didn't explicitly name them in a hash
1252 reference to the new() constructor. [Chris Reinhardt, bug #4036]
1254 - .PL files are now passed the names of their target file(s) on the
1255 command line when they run.
1257 - When wasn't installed, t/runthrough.t wasn't properly
1258 skipping some tests that required YAML. This is now fixed.
1259 [Stephen J. Smith]
1261 - Added documentation for the dist_version() and dist_name()
1262 methods. [Spotted by Johan Vromans]
1264 - Existing values in $ENV{HARNESS_PERL_SWITCHES} are now respected
1265 and not squashed when we run the 'test' action. [Paul Johnson]
1267 - On cygwin, the separator string for manual page names has been set
1268 to '.'. Previously it was '::', inherited from Unix. [Yitzchak
1269 Scott-Thoennes]
1271 - Avoid a warning when Build.PL is run (i.e. when the new() method is
1272 called) and no MANIFEST file exists. [Michael Schwern and Kevin
1273 Ruscoe]
1275 - Added documentation for the 'code' and 'docs' actions. [Steve
1276 Purkis and Mark Stosberg]
1278 - The internal method compile_support_files() has been renamed to
1279 process_support_files() in order to make it consistent with other
1280 processing methods. Note that it was never documented using the
1281 old name. It's still not documented, actually. Maybe later.
1283 - Skip the 'write' pseudo-entry in the 'diff' action's installation
1284 map. [Chris Dolan]
1286 - Fixed a bug in which notes() set in the Build.PL before
1287 create_build_script() was called would get lost unless more notes()
1288 were also set afterwards. [Spotted by Dave Rolsky]
1290 - The process of building elements of the distribution is now driven
1291 by a list of build elements, paving the way for letting people add
1292 their own types of build elements in future versions of
1293 Module::Build (or in the current version with some difficulty).
1295 - Fixed some linking errors on Cygwin. [Randy Sims, Terrence Brannon]
1297 - Fixed a line-ending problem with detecting the dist_abstract
1298 properly on Cygwin. [Randy Sims]
1300 - Fixed a problem with signatures that occurred if 'distsign' was
1301 called before 'distdir' - the signature would be generated twice.
1303 - Added a 'create_readme' parameter to new(), which will use
1304 Pod::Text to generate a README from the main (dist_version_from)
1305 module file during the 'distdir' action.
1307 - We now refuse to run the 'Build' script if it was created using a
1308 different version of Module::Build. This has caused a couple of
1309 nasty bugs in the past, I don't want to know what it would cause in
1310 the future.
1312 - Documentation for do_system() has been added. [Dave Rolsky]
1314 - run_perl_script() is now available as a class method, though it
1315 will need to (re-)find the perl interpreter in this case.
1317 - Added a new_from_context() method that authors of automated tools
1318 like CPANPLUS and CPAN can use instead of running all tasks as
1319 sub-processes. We also use it in the regression tests for
1320 Module::Build itself. ** Note that this method is currently
1321 undocumented because its name may change in the future. **
1323 - When signing distributions with Module::Signature, we now
1324 automatically add the SIGNATURE file to the MANIFEST, avoiding an
1325 unpleasant chicken/egg problem for the module author.
1326 [unpleasantness spotted by sungo]
1328 - In Module::Build::Compat, added support for the 'verbose' parameter
1329 to Makefile.PL [spotted by Soren Andersen, fixed by Michael
1330 Schwern]
1332 - The Module::Build distribution now has a cryptographic 'SIGNATURE'
1333 file created by Module::Signature.
1335 - Added proper documentation for the subclass() method. [spotted by
1336 Jonathan Steinert]
1338 - Worked around a bug in Red Hat 9 which prevented man
1339 pages from being installed in the correct places. [spotted by Ville
1340 Skytta]
1342 - Fixed a Module::Build::Compat bug in which setting INSTALLDIRS
1343 caused a crash. [spotted by Ilya Martynov]
13450.20 Tue Aug 26 14:34:07 CDT 2003
1347 - Separated the 'build' action into two separate actions, 'code' and
1348 'docs'. This is similar to MakeMaker's separation of the 'all'
1349 target into 'pure_all' and 'manifypods'. This fixes a permissions
1350 hassle in which doing 'sudo Build install' would often create local
1351 doc files that needed superuser permissions to delete.
1353 - Enhanced the 'help' action - 'Build help foo' will now show the POD
1354 documentation for the 'foo' action.
1356 - Added a notes() feature, which helps share data transparently
1357 between the Build.PL and t/*.t scripts.
1359 - The installation process will now create man(1) and man(3) pages
1360 from POD in modules & scripts, and install them. We don't build
1361 man pages when there's nowhere to install them, such as on some
1362 Win32 or most Mac systems. [large patch by Steve Purkis, 5.005 fix
1363 by Mathieu Arnold]
1365 - The 'distdir' action now copies files to the distribution
1366 directory, rather than making them hard links to the original
1367 files. This allows authors to do last-minute alterations of the
1368 files without affecting the originals. [Dave Rolsky]
1370 - If the author uses XS files in nonstandard locations, the copied
1371 versions of those files will now be cleaned up properly.
1373 - In invoking the 'test' action or invoking 'xsubpp', we now use the
1374 same perl executable as we use everywhere else, rather than blindly
1375 using $^X or $Config{perlpath} (neither of which are very
1376 reliable).
1378 - Fixed a problem with the 'install_path' parameter given to
1379 'Build.PL' being lost in subsequent actions. [Reported by Mathieu
1380 Arnold]
1382 - Fixed yet another bug with installation directories, in which the
1383 'install_base' parameter wasn't being respected on the command
1384 line. [Spotted by Jonathan Swartz]
1386 - Changed the way the depends_on() method works inside action
1387 subroutines - now each action will only run once per dispatch()
1388 invocation (similar to how perl's require() function works). This
1389 helps avoid some difficult problems with dependency loops.
1391 - Changed the documentation for the 'autosplit' parameter to give
1392 reasons why it may not be a good idea to use, but no longer
1393 threaten to remove it. [Suggested by Martyn J. Pearce]
1395 - Improved the formatting of the 'traditional' Makefile.PL generated
1396 by Module::Build::Compat->create_makefile_pl. [Michael Schwern]
1398 - The 'traditional' Makefile.PL will now use the 'module_name'
1399 parameter (as NAME) if it's available, otherwise it will continue
1400 to use the 'dist_name' (as DISTNAME). [Michael Schwern]
1402 - Created read/write accessor methods for all our 'properties'.
1403 [Michael Schwern]
1405 - The 'test_files' parameter can now be specified using glob() syntax
1406 (i.e. 't/*.t'), and the corresponding test_files() method is now a
1407 read/write accessor.
1409 - The location of the 'blib' directory is now a property of the Build
1410 object - nobody is likely to notice this change, with any luck, but
1411 it makes the design and code cleaner.
1413 - The 'disttest' and 'distsign' methods now chdir() back to the
1414 directory where they started, rather than to the base_dir of the
1415 build.
1417 - Improved comparisons of version strings containing underscore
1418 characters (indicating "beta" status). [Steve Purkis]
1420 - Added documentation for the 'dist_author', 'dist_abstract', and
1421 'codebase' parameters to new(), and for the 'ppd' action. [Dave
1422 Rolsky]
1424 - Added documentation for the up_to_date() and contains_pod()
1425 methods. [Dave Rolsky]
1427 - 'traditional' pass-through Makefile.PLs will now contain an
1428 INSTALLDIRS parameter matching the Build.PL's 'installdirs'
1429 setting.
1431 - version_from_file() now ignores $VERSION variables that are defined
1432 in POD or comments. It can still be tricked by $VERSIONs in string
1433 literals, though. [Steve Purkis]
1435 - The code to find packages in module files now uses Steve's scanning
1436 method (above) to skip package-declaration-lookalikes in POD or
1439 - The 'disttest' action will now propagate its @INC settings to its
1440 subprocesses.
14420.19 Wed Jul 9 22:34:02 CDT 2003
1444 - Added support for the 'install_path' parameter, which allows custom
1445 specification of where things should be installed. This is a major
1446 improvement to Module::Build's functionality.
1448 - Added the 'install_base' parameter. Provides an easy way to
1449 install to local or alternative directory trees.
1451 - We now install scripts by default to $Config{installsitebin}
1452 instead of $Config{installscript}. Neither is a great choice, but
1453 the former is likely to be [analogous to] /usr/local/bin, and the
1454 latter is likely to be [something like] /usr/bin . If/when there's
1455 a $Config{installsitescript}, we'll start using that automatically.
1457 - Fixed a problem on Win32 in which C and XS files wouldn't be
1458 compiled properly, and the user would see an error about 'Can't
1459 locate object method "format_compiler_cmd"'.
1460 (
1462 - We now use the correct perl interpreter (via
1463 Module::Build->find_perl_interpreter) in pass-through makefiles.
1465 - The t/compat.t test now uses $Config{make} instead of just 'make'
1466 to test makefile compatibility. This fixes some failures on Win32.
1467 We also skip this test entirely if no make utility is available.
1469 - Alternative distribution layouts are now supported via the
1470 'pm_files', 'pod_files', 'xs_files', 'PL_files', and 'script_files'
1471 parameters to new(). This should help people transition from
1472 MakeMaker, and might even help us write an automatic transition
1473 tool.
1475 - Added tests to t/runthrough.t that check to see installation is
1476 happening correctly.
1478 - Added experimental code to build a .ppd file, in support of
1479 ActiveState's "Perl Package Manager". [original patch by Dave
1480 Rolsky]
1482 - For authors who use Module::Signature to sign their distributions,
1483 we now create the SIGNATURE file right in the distribution
1484 directory, rather than creating it in the top-level directory and
1485 copying it into place. This solves problems related to having
1486 files get out of date with respect to their signatures.
1488 - We now don't depend on Module::Info to scan for packages during the
1489 'dist' action anymore, because it's way too aggressive about
1490 loading other modules that you may not want loaded. We now just
1491 (ick, yuck) scan the .pm files with a regular expression to find
1492 "package Foo::Bar;" statements.
1494 - Silenced some annoying copyright/logo output from Microsoft 'nmake'
1495 during Makefile compatibility testing. [Randy W. Sims]
1497 - Command-line arguments may now either be specified using the syntax
1498 '--foo foovalue' as well as the traditional syntax 'foo=foovalue'.
1499 The former is often more convenient for shell tab-completion when
1500 the value is a filename (as in 'Build test --test_files t/basic.t').
1502 - Command-line arguments may now include non-named parameters, which
1503 make some actions more natural. For instance, the 'diff' action
1504 may now be invoked as 'Build diff -u' rather than as
1505 'Build diff flags=-u'.
1507 - Pass-through Makefile.PLs now convert unknown Makefile.PL
1508 parameters to lower-case and hand them to Build.PL, rather than
1509 ignoring them. This means we only have to account for the
1510 differences in the interface, not the entire interface, in
1511 translating parameters.
1513 - We now issue a warning & don't proceed if asked to make a distdir
1514 and there's no MANIFEST or it's empty.
1516 - Moved INSTALL to INSTALL.txt to increase compatibility with various
1517 odd versions of 'make' during 'make install' on case-insensitive
1518 filesystems (like nmake on Win32, often). Only affects the
1519 Makefile compatibility layer. [reported by Andrew Savige]
1521 - Module::Build->known_actions() now works as a class method.
1523 - Pass-through makefiles now list each action individually rather
1524 than using a ".DEFAULT" catch-all. This improves compatibility
1525 with 'nmake' on Win32, and probably some other less common 'make'
1526 dialects. [Andrew Savige]
1528 - We're now more aggressive about testing the pass-through makefiles,
1529 e.g. making sure they can run 'all' and 'test' targets, and making
1530 sure the Makefile itself actually exists.
1532 - Fixed a problem with check_installed_status() when installed
1533 version contains non-numeric characters like underscores.
1535 - Fixed a problem with a bareword 'File::Spec' in one of the test
1536 scripts that caused it not to compile under 5.8.0 (but is fine
1537 under 5.6).
1539 - Fixed a problem with the 'destdir' installation parameter on
1540 platforms that have volume identifiers in path names (like "C:" on
1541 Win32). The identifier is now stripped from installation
1542 directories before prepending the destdir path. The destdir path
1543 may still have a volume identifier on it.
1545 - Added an 'add_to_cleanup' parameter to new() that calls
1546 add_to_cleanup() immediately for the given files.
1548 - The distribution directory (e.g. Sample-Module-0.13/ ) will now be
1549 deleted during the 'clean' or 'realclean' actions.
1551 - During testing of modules, blib/lib and blib/arch are now added as
1552 absolute paths, not relative. This helps tests that load the
1553 modules at runtime and may change the current working directory
1554 (like Module::Build itself does during testing).
1556 - The $Config{cc} entry on some people's systems is something like
1557 'ccache gcc', so we now split that string using split_like_shell().
1558 [Richard Clamp]
1560 - Added documentation for 'extra_linker_flags' parameter, and added a
1561 corresponding 'extra_compiler_flags' parameter. [original patch by
1562 Richard Clamp]