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Re: Anyone installing Perl modules?

From: Eric Siegerman
Subject: Re: Anyone installing Perl modules?
Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 15:17:33 -0400
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On Thu, May 08, 2003 at 11:48:20AM -0700, Bill Moseley wrote:
> But, is there a better or more common way to install my Perl modules into the 
> system @INC 
> using Automake/autoconf?  There still should be a way to override where they 
> are installed 
> with a configure switch.

I tend to use Stow for that.  Note that this is a choice I make
as the installer of a given package; the package's maintainer
doesn't need to have done anything beyond implementing --prefix
or the equivalent, which of course you get for free with

> If I install a helper program in libexecdir (which is not in the $PATH), what 
> is the best 
> way to portably add that path in my C program (for either a popen() or 
> fork/exec to run the 
> program)?

The safest way is not to depend on the path at all.  Instead,
hard-code the path in the caller.  Of course, that should only
happen at configure time :-)  That is, have the caller do the
equivalent of:
        execv("${libexecdir}/helper", args);


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