Alien::Build::MM(3) User Contributed Perl Documentation Alien::Build::MM(3)

Alien::Build::MM - Alien::Build installer code for ExtUtils::MakeMaker

version 2.83

In your "Makefile.PL":

use ExtUtils::MakeMaker;
use Alien::Build::MM;

my $abmm = Alien::Build::MM->new;

  ABSTRACT     => 'Discover or download and install libfoo',
  DISTNAME     => 'Alien-Libfoo',
  NAME         => 'Alien::Libfoo',
  VERSION_FROM => 'lib/Alien/',

sub MY::postamble {

sub MY::install {

In your "lib/Alien/":

package Alien::Libfoo;
use parent qw( Alien::Base );

In your alienfile (needs to be named "alienfile" and should be in the root of your dist):

use alienfile;

plugin 'PkgConfig' => 'libfoo';

share {
  start_url '';

This class allows you to use Alien::Build and Alien::Base with ExtUtils::MakeMaker. It load the alienfile recipe in the root of your Alien dist, updates the prereqs passed into "WriteMakefile" if any are specified by your alienfile or its plugins, and adds a postamble to the "Makefile" that will download/build/test the alienized package as appropriate.

The alienfile must be named "alienfile".

If you are using Dist::Zilla to author your Alien dist, you should consider using the Dist::Zilla::Plugin::AlienBuild plugin.

I personally don't recommend it, but if you want to use Module::Build instead, you can use Alien::Build::MB.

my $abmm = Alien::Build::MM->new;

Create a new instance of Alien::Build::MM.

my $build = $abmm->build;

The Alien::Build instance.

my $bool = $abmm->alienfile_meta

Set to a false value, in order to turn off the x_alienfile meta

my $bool = $abmm->clean_install;

Set to a true value, in order to clean the share directory prior to installing. If you use this you have to make sure that you install the install handler in your "Makefile.PL":

$abmm = Alien::Build::MM->new(
  clean_install => 1,


sub MY::install {

my %args = $abmm->mm_args(%args);

Adjust the arguments passed into "WriteMakefile" as needed by Alien::Build.

my $postamble $abmm->mm_postamble;
my $postamble $abmm->mm_postamble($mm);

Returns the postamble for the "Makefile" needed for Alien::Build. This adds the following "make" targets which are normally called when you run "make all", but can be run individually if needed for debugging.

Determines the final install prefix ("%{.install.prefix}").
Determine the perl_module_version ("%{.runtime.perl_module_version}")
Downloads the source from the internet. Does nothing for a system install.
Build from source (if a share install). Gather configuration (for either system or share install).
Prints the meta, install and runtime properties for the Alien.
Removes the alien specific files. These targets are executed when you call the "realclean" and "clean" targets respectively.
Cleans out the Alien's share directory. Caution should be used in invoking this target directly, as if you do not understand what you are doing you are likely to break your already installed Alien.

sub MY::install {


Adds an install rule to clean the final install dist directory prior to installing.

Alien::Build, Alien::Base, Alien, Dist::Zilla::Plugin::AlienBuild, Alien::Build::MB

Author: Graham Ollis <>


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This software is copyright (c) 2011-2022 by Graham Ollis.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.

2024-06-12 perl v5.38.2