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Id: 77880
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Queue: ExtUtils-PkgConfig

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Requestors: leonerd-cpan [...]

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Subject: Wishlist: silent mode / object mode
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I've been using ExtUtils::PkgConfig quite a lot in Build.PL scripts to detect optional dependencies. It would be great if it could not print some nasty-sounding errors to STDERR when it fails to find things, because these tend to sound more scary than they really are. On a related note, it is becoming the style of several Alien:: modules to expose an EU::PC-like interface: use Alien::unibilium; my $cflags = Alien::unbilium->cflags; It would be nice if an ExtUtils::PkgConfig object could be constructed that responds to these methods directly as well, supporting a much simplified coding style looking somewhat like: my $pkgconfig = eval { ExtUtils::PkgConfig->new( "unibilium" ) } || eval { require Alien::unibilium; "Alien::unibilium" } or die "OS unsupported - require 'unibilium'"; my $cflags = $pkgconfig->cflags; -- Paul Evans
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I also would love to see a silent mode operation for this module. I sometimes use this to find optional deps and the extra noise is distracting.
"Silent mode" is now implemented (#119420).

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