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Id: 5280
Status: resolved
Priority: 0/
Queue: Module-Build

Owner: Nobody in particular
Requestors: andrew [...]

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Severity: Wishlist
Broken in: 0.21_01
Fixed in: (no value)

Subject: please add MakeMaker user-level compatibility
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It's exceedingly frustrating that Module::Build breaks the conventions of MakeMaker installations. I was first surprised that the PREFIX parameter is not supported, then even more surprised that there is no simple way to get the same effect. Since I have a collection of modules in my personal MakeMaker-style tree, it looks like I will have to create a second tree for Module::Build modules and put them both in my PERL5LIB. When I install a module, I will have to figure out which build system it uses and remember which parameters to use. Is there any hope for a simpler outcome?
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It should be possible to specify whatever arbitrary installation location you want, using the 'install_path' parameter: 0.24/lib/Module/ The only reason I've taken a fairly hard-line stance on not supporting the 'PREFIX' functionality of MakeMaker is that it defines some fairly wonky DWIM semantics, and the user can easily end up installing to somewhere totally *crazy*, having little or no relationship to what they specified in the PREFIX parameter. Module::Build's 'install_base' parameter is similar, but without the pitfalls associated with PREFIX. Your point about compatibility is well-taken though, and please feel free to contribute any suggestions you might have on the Module::Build mailing list. -Ken

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