Dist::Zilla::Plugin::ModuleBuild::XSOrPP - Add a --pp option to your Build.PL to force an XS-less build


version 0.04


In your dist.ini:



Use this plugin instead of the regular ModuleBuild plugin. It generates a Build.PL which is smart about building XS. It can accept a --pp flag to forcibly disable XS compilation. If no flag is passed, it tests whether the installing machine has a working compiler, and disables XS if this test fails.

Obviously, this is only useful if your module can work without its XS component.


Please report any bugs or feature requests to, or through the web interface at I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.


Much of the compiler check code comes from the Makefile.PL in the List::MoreUtils distro.


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This software is Copyright (c) 2012 by Dave Rolsky.

This is free software, licensed under:

  The Artistic License 2.0 (GPL Compatible)