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Re: What Makefiles do

by j3 (Friar)
on Nov 08, 2006 at 17:48 UTC ( [id://582938] : note . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to What Makefiles do

If I get a CPAN module which only contains one .pl file, why do I need a Makefile along with it? Why wouldn't it be enough just installing the .pl file in a directory, and making sure that directory is in @INC?

Usually, you use make to do 3 things: build, test, and install. In the case where there's only .p[lm] files involved, there's probably no build necessary, but the makefile can still test and install.

After running perl Makefile.PL for a given pure Perl module, you might check out the resulting makefile to see what work it's doing for those abovementioned tasks.