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

Alien::Build::Manual::Alien - General alien author documentation

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The goal of the Alien namespace is to provide non-CPAN dependencies (so called "Alien" dependencies) for CPAN modules. The history and intent of this idea is documented in the documentation-only Alien module. The "Alien-Build" distribution provides a framework for building aliens. The intent is to fix bugs and enhance the interface of a number of common tools so that all aliens may benefit. The distribution is broken up into these parts:

Alien::Build and alienfile are used to detect and install aliens. They are further documented in Alien::Build::Manual::AlienAuthor.
Alien::Base is the base class for aliens in the "Alien-Build" system. Its use by Alien consumers is documented in Alien::Build::Manual::AlienUser.
Because many packages are implemented using different tools, the detection, build and install logic for a particular Alien can vary a lot. As such, much of Alien::Build is implemented as a series of plugins that inherit from Alien::Build::Plugin. An overview of building your own plugins is documented in Alien::Build::Manual::PluginAuthor.

Additional useful documentation may be found here:


Other Alien::Build manuals.

Author: Graham Ollis <>


Diab Jerius (DJERIUS)

Roy Storey (KIWIROY)

Ilya Pavlov

David Mertens (run4flat)

Mark Nunberg (mordy, mnunberg)

Christian Walde (Mithaldu)

Brian Wightman (MidLifeXis)

Zaki Mughal (zmughal)

mohawk (mohawk2, ETJ)

Vikas N Kumar (vikasnkumar)

Flavio Poletti (polettix)

Salvador Fandiño (salva)

Gianni Ceccarelli (dakkar)

Pavel Shaydo (zwon, trinitum)

Kang-min Liu (劉康民, gugod)

Nicholas Shipp (nshp)

Juan Julián Merelo Guervós (JJ)

Joel Berger (JBERGER)

Petr Písař (ppisar)

Lance Wicks (LANCEW)

Ahmad Fatoum (a3f, ATHREEF)

José Joaquín Atria (JJATRIA)

Duke Leto (LETO)

Shoichi Kaji (SKAJI)

Shawn Laffan (SLAFFAN)

Paul Evans (leonerd, PEVANS)

Håkon Hægland (hakonhagland, HAKONH)

nick nauwelaerts (INPHOBIA)

Florian Weimer

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.

2023-07-25 perl v5.38.0