Devel::CheckLib: Please try to break our code!

David Cantrell david at
Fri Oct 19 12:00:46 BST 2007

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Dave Golden and I have been hacking on Devel::CheckLib, which should be
on a CPAN mirror near you soon.  It's similar to Devel::CheckOS, in that
it will let module authors specify dependencies which aren't just other
perl modules - if they need, eg, libjpeg, then they can use this module in
Makefile.PL / Build.PL to make it a pre-req, and if it's missing then
the CPAN testers will SHUT THE HELL UP ABOUT IT and not annoy the author.

It's still in something of a state of flux so not ready for real-world use
yet, but we're at the stage where we need lots of people to beat it to hell
and back.  Please try to run the tests on as many platforms as possible,
with as many perls as possible, and in particular using perls built with
as many compilers and linkers as possible.

The more alert of you will have noticed that there is a bootstrapping
problem in using this from within a Makefile.PL - relax, it will come
with a script to bundle itself in an inc/ directory.

David Cantrell

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