This build file is a modulino; it works as both a build script and a module.
To build the distribution, run this file normally:
% perl Makefile.PL
But, it's more interesting than that. You can load it with
require and call
arguments to get the data structure it passes to
my $package = require '/path/to/Makefile.PL'; my $arguments = $package->arguments;
require-ing a file makes an entry in
%INC for exactly that name. If you try to
require another file with the same name, even from a different path,
require thinks it has already loaded the file. As such, I recommend you always require the full path to the file.
The return value of the
require is a package name (in this case, the name of the main module. Use that to call the
Even if this distribution needs a higher version of Perl, this bit only needs v5.8. You can play with the data structure with a primitive Perl.