Alien::Build::Plugin::Probe::CBuilder(3) User Contributed Perl Documentation Alien::Build::Plugin::Probe::CBuilder(3)

Alien::Build::Plugin::Probe::CBuilder - Probe for system libraries by guessing with ExtUtils::CBuilder

version 2.83

use alienfile;
plugin 'Probe::CBuilder' => (
  cflags => '-I/opt/libfoo/include',
  libs   => '-L/opt/libfoo/lib -lfoo',


ues alienfile;
plugin 'Probe::CBuilder' => (
  aliens => [ 'Alien::libfoo', 'Alien::libbar' ],

This plugin probes for compiler and linker flags using ExtUtils::CBuilder. This is a useful alternative to Alien::Build::Plugin::PkgConfig::Negotiate for packages that do not provide a pkg-config ".pc" file, or for when those ".pc" files may not be available. (For example, on FreeBSD, "libarchive" is a core part of the operating system, but doesn't include a ".pc" file which is usually provided when you install the "libarchive" package on Linux).

Any extra options that you want to have passed into the constructor to ExtUtils::CBuilder.

The compiler flags.

The linker flags

The program to use in the test.

This is a regular expression to parse the version out of the output from the test program.

The minimum required version as provided by the system.

List of aliens to query fro compiler and linker flags.

The programming language to use. One of either "C" or "C++".

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