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Re: Integration of a Perl XS module with an Automake build system

From: Gavin Smith
Subject: Re: Integration of a Perl XS module with an Automake build system
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:54:57 +0100

On 30 June 2015 at 22:41, Bob Friesenhahn <address@hidden> wrote:
>> as well as a heap of other variable definitions copied from the
>> MakeMaker Makefile. Now I have to see how ExtUtils:MakeMaker knew what
>> flags to use to see if I can replicate it.
> These definitely come from how Perl was originally compiled and built. If a
> different compiler sas used, the provided options may be completely
> different and not work with the compiler you are currently using (even if
> the generated code would interoperate).
> It would be good to find a way to tease these parameters out of the Perl
> installation.

I discovered the parameters were from a file
"/usr/lib/perl5/" on my system, and they should be
retrievable using the Config perl module. I have the idea to retrieve
this information in and substitute it into the Makefile.

What you say about using a different compiler is worrying, though, and
I hadn't thought about it before. So basically when compiling an XS
module, you need to use whatever compiler was used to compile perl in
the first place? I think we could retrieve this information and use it
only when compiling the XS module, allowing the rest of the program to
be compiled with the compiler that the configure script or user

> Something else which changes is the identity of the target, which determines
> where build products go in the build tree and when installed.

What, you mean if cross-compiling? It seems impossible: how are we
supposed to know what compiler flags to use? Some information might
have to be provided manually. The same problem must have occurred with
libtool as well, for cross-compiling shared libraries.

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