Alien::Build::Plugin::Prefer::SortVersions(3) User Contributed Perl Documentation Alien::Build::Plugin::Prefer::SortVersions(3)

Alien::Build::Plugin::Prefer::SortVersions - Plugin to sort candidates by most recent first

version 2.83

use alienfile;

plugin 'Prefer::SortVersions';

Note: in most case you will want to use Alien::Build::Plugin::Download::Negotiate instead. It picks the appropriate fetch plugin based on your platform and environment. In some cases you may need to use this plugin directly instead.

This Prefer plugin sorts the packages that were retrieved from a dir listing, either directly from a Fetch plugin, or from a Decode plugin. It Returns a listing with the items sorted from post preferable to least, and filters out any undesirable candidates.

This plugin updates the file list to include the versions that are extracted, so they can be used by other plugins, such as Alien::Build::Plugin::Prefer::BadVersion.

This is a regular expression that lets you filter out files that you do not want to consider downloading. For example, if the directory listing contained tarballs and readme files like this:


You could specify a filter of "qr/\.tar\.gz$/" to make sure only tarballs are considered for download.

Regular expression to parse out the version from a filename. The regular expression should store the result in $1. The default "qr/([0-9\.]+)/" is frequently reasonable.

Alien::Build::Plugin::Download::Negotiate, Alien::Build, alienfile, Alien::Build::MM, Alien

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