[Saltlake-pm] Fwd: LWP Packaging Weirdness

David Oswald daoswald at gmail.com
Wed Apr 10 10:59:36 PDT 2013

As you mentioned, the don't physically exist within the libwww-perl
distribution, but have a look at the Makefile.PL for that


In specific, see lines 8-14:

GetOptions(\my %opt,
) or do {
    die "Usage: $0 [--aliases] [--no-programs] [--live-tests]

...and then lines 21-28:

if ($opt{'aliases'} && grep(/lwp-request/, @prog)) {
    require File::Copy;
    for (qw(GET HEAD POST)) {
        File::Copy::copy("bin/lwp-request", "bin/$_") || die "Can't
copy bin/$_";
        chmod(0755, "bin/$_");
        push(@prog, $_);

I don't much care for this sort of trick; in my opinion running
Makefile.PL should have only one effect; create a 'make' target called
'makefile'.  There probably is a way to make the creation of these
files take place during the "make install" step, and it probably has
something to do with ExtUtils::MakeMaker's EXE_FILES attribute.  The
problem is that ExtUtils::MakeMaker has grown so complex that even
"really good" Perl programmers end up just doing the work inside of
Makefile.PL rather than spend an afternoon fiddling with EU::MM.

On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM, Joseph Hall <perlhoser at gmail.com> wrote:
> Okay, this is driving me crazy. Those of you using LWP on Red Hat or
> Ubuntu will find the following files on your system:
> /usr/bin/HEAD
> /usr/bin/GET
> /usr/bin/POST
> Those of us running Arch will not find those. On Red Hat, you can find
> these attached to the perl-libwww-perl package:
> http://pastebin.com/wwt8c0x3
> If you investigate on Ubuntu, you will discover those files belonging
> to the libwww-perl package. But they don't belong to the perl-libwww
> package on Arch. So I started looking around upstream:
> https://github.com/libwww-perl/libwww-perl
> http://search.cpan.org/dist/libwww-perl/
> They just don't exist.
> You may notice that the pastebin above is for 5.837, and think that
> maybe those files were pulled from recent versions. But if you go back
> and browse CPAN and GitHub for those versions, you still won't find
> them.
> Where the foo are these files coming from?
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David Oswald
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