Alien::Build::Plugin::Build::Autoconf − Autoconf plugin for Alien::Build


version 2.37


use alienfile;
plugin 'Build::Autoconf';


This plugin provides some tools for building projects that use autoconf. The main thing this provides is a "configure" helper, documented below and the default build stage, which is:

'%{configure} −−disable−shared',
'%{make} install',

On Windows, this plugin also pulls in the Alien::Build::Plugin::Build::MSYS which is required for autoconf style projects on windows.

The other thing that this plugin does is that it does a double staged "DESTDIR" install. The author has found this improves the overall reliability of Alien modules that are based on autoconf packages.

This plugin supports out-of-source builds (known in autoconf terms as " VPATH" builds) via the meta property "out_of_source".


Adds "−−with−pic" option when running "configure". If supported by your package, it will generate position independent code on platforms that support it. This is required to XS modules, and generally what you want.

autoconf normally ignores options that it does not understand, so it is usually a safe and reasonable default to include it. A small number of projects look like they use autoconf, but are really an autoconf style interface with a different implementation. They may fail if you try to provide it with options such as "−−with−pic" that they do not recognize. Such packages are the rationale for this property.

The version of Alien::MSYS required if it is deemed necessary. If Alien::MSYS isn’t needed (if running under Unix, or MSYS2, for example) this will do nothing.

The content for the generated "".



The correct incantation to start an autoconf style "configure" script on your platform. Some reasonable default flags will be provided.



This plugin needs to alter the behavior of autotools via the "site.config" file and so sets and possibly overrides any existing "SITE_CONFIG". Normally that is what you want but you can also insert your own "site.config" in addition by using this environment variable.


Alien::Build::Plugin::Build::MSYS, Alien::Build::Plugin, Alien::Build, Alien::Base, Alien




Author: Graham Ollis <>


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This software is copyright (c) 2011−2020 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.