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ExtUtils::PL2Bat - Batch file creation to run perl scripts on Windows


version 0.005


This module converts a perl script into a batch file that can be executed on Windows/DOS-like operating systems. This is intended to allow you to use a Perl script like regular programs and batch files where you just enter the name of the script [probably minus the extension] plus any command-line arguments and the script is found in your PATH and run.



This function takes a perl script and write a batch file that contains the script. This is sometimes necessary

  • in

    The name of the script that is to be batchified. This argument is mandatory.

  • out

    The name of the output batch file. If not given, it will be generated using in and stripsuffix.

  • ntargs

    Arguments to invoke perl with in generated batch file when run from Windows NT. Defaults to '-x -S %0 %*'.

  • otherargs

    Arguments to invoke perl with in generated batch file except when run from Windows NT (ie. when run from DOS, Windows 3.1, or Windows 95). Defaults to '-x -S "%0" %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9'.

  • stripsuffix

    Strip a suffix string from file name before appending a ".bat" suffix. The suffix is not case-sensitive. It can be a regex or a string and a trailing $ is always assumed). Defaults to qr/\.plx?/.

  • usewarnings

    With the usewarnings option, " -w" is added after the value of $Config{startperl}. If a line matching /^#!.*perl/ already exists in the script, then it is not changed and the -w option is ignored.

  • update

    If the script appears to have already been processed by pl2bat, then the script is skipped and not processed unless update was specified. If update is specified, the existing preamble is replaced.


This code was taken from Module::Build and then modified; which had taken it from perl's pl2bat script. This module is an attempt at unifying all three implementations.


Leon Timmermans <>


This software is copyright (c) 2015 by Leon Timmermans.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.