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Alien::Tidyp - Building, finding and using tidyp library - http://www.tidyp.com


Version 1.4.7 of Alien::Tidyp uses tidyp sources v1.04.


IMPORTANT: This module is not a perl binding for tidyp library; it is just a helper module. The real perl binding is implemented by e.g HTML::Tidy module, which is able to use Alien::Tidyp to locate tidyp library on your system (or build it from source codes).

Alien::Tidyp tries (in given order) during its installation:

  • Locate an already installed tidyp + ask user whether to use the already installed tidyp or whether to build tidyp from sources

  • Via env variable TIDYP_DIR you can specify where the build script should look for the already installed tidyp (directories $TIDYP_DIR/lib and $TIDYP_DIR/include/tidyp are expected to exist)

  • When not using the already installed tidyp build process continues with the following steps

  • Download tidyp source code tarball

  • Build tidyp binaries from source codes (note: static libraries are build in this case)

  • Install binaries and dev files (*.h, *.a) into share directory of Alien::Tidyp distribution - share directory is usually something like this: /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.10/auto/share/dist/Alien-Tidyp

Later on you can use Alien::Tidyp in your module that needs to link with tidyp like this:

 # Sample Makefile.pl
 use ExtUtils::MakeMaker;
 use Alien::Tidyp;

   NAME         => 'Any::Tidyp::Module',
   VERSION_FROM => 'lib/Any/Tidyp/Module.pm',
   LIBS         => Alien::Tidyp->config('LIBS'),
   INC          => Alien::Tidyp->config('INC'),
   # + additional params

IMPORTANT: As Alien::Tidyp builds static libraries the modules using Alien::Tidyp (e.g. HTML::Tidy) need to have Alien::Tidyp just for building, not for later use. In other words Alien:Tidyp is just "build dependency" not "run-time dependency".

Build.PL options


This option might come handy if you are not connected to the Internet. You can use it like:

 Build.PL --srctarball=/path/to/file/tidyp-1.04.tar.gz


 Build.PL --srctarball=http://any.server.com/path/to/tidyp-1.04.tar.gz

IMPORTANT: The file should always be exactly the same source code tarball as specified in the end of Build.PL - see source code (SHA1 checksum of the tarball is checked).



This function is the main public interface to this module.


Returns a string like: '-L/path/to/tidyp/dir/lib -ltidyp'


Returns a string like: '-I/path/to/tidyp/dir/include/tidyp'


Returns a string like: '/path/to/tidyp/dir' (note: if using the already installed tidyp config('PREFIX') returns undef)


KMX, <kmx at cpan.org>


Please report any bugs or feature requests to <bug-Alien-Tidyp at rt.cpan.org>, or through the web interface at http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.html?Queue=Alien-Tidyp.


Please notice that the source code of tidyp library has a different license than module itself.

Alien::Tidyp perl module

Copyright (c) 2010 KMX.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either: the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; or the Artistic License.

See http://dev.perl.org/licenses/ for more information.

Source code of tidyp library

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