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Alien::PNG - building, finding and using PNG binaries
Version 0.1
Alien::PNG tries (in given order) during its installation:
* Locate an already installed PNG via 'libpng-config' script.
* Check for PNG libs in directory specified by PNG_INST_DIR variable.
In this case the module performs PNG library detection via
'$PNG_INST_DIR/bin/libpng-config' script.
* Download prebuilt PNG binaries (if available for your platform).
* Build PNG binaries from source codes (if possible on your system).
Later you can use Alien::PNG in your module that needs to link agains PNG
and/or related libraries like this:
# Sample
use ExtUtils::MakeMaker;
use Alien::PNG;
NAME => 'Any::PNG::Module',
VERSION_FROM => 'lib/Any/PNG/',
LIBS => Alien::PNG->config('libs', [-lAdd_Lib]),
INC => Alien::PNG->config('cflags'),
# + additional params
Please see L<Alien> for the manifest of the Alien namespace.
In short C<Alien::PNG> can be used to detect and get
configuration settings from an installed PNG and related libraries.
Based on your platform it offers the possibility to download and
install prebuilt binaries or to build PNG & co. from source codes.
The important facts:
* The module does not modify in any way the already existing PNG
installation on your system.
* If you reinstall PNG libs on your system you do not need to
reinstall Alien::PNG (providing that you use the same directory for
the new installation).
* The prebuild binaries and/or binaries built from sources are always
installed into perl module's 'share' directory.
* If you use prebuild binaries and/or binaries built from sources
it happens that some of the dynamic libraries (*.so, *.dll) will not
automaticly loadable as they will be stored somewhere under perl module's
'share' directory. To handle this scenario Alien::PNG offers some special
functionality (see below).
This function is the main public interface to this module. Basic
functionality works in a very similar maner to 'libpng-config' script:
Alien::PNG->config('prefix'); # gives the same string as 'libpng-config --prefix'
Alien::PNG->config('version'); # gives the same string as 'libpng-config --version'
Alien::PNG->config('libs'); # gives the same string as 'libpng-config --libs'
Alien::PNG->config('cflags'); # gives the same string as 'libpng-config --cflags'
On top of that this function supports special parameters:
Returns a list of full paths to shared libraries (*.so, *.dll) that will be
required for running the resulting binaries you have linked with PNG libs.
Returns a list of full paths to directories with shared libraries (*.so, *.dll)
that will be required for running the resulting binaries you have linked with
PNG libs.
Returns a reference to hash of value pairs '<libnick>' => '<full_path_to_shlib'>,
where '<libnick>' is shortname for PNG related library like: PNG.
NOTE: config('ld_<something>') return an empty list/hash if you have decided to
use PNG libraries already installed on your system. This concerns 'libpng-config'
detection and detection via '$PNG_INST_DIR/bin/libpng-config'.
This function checks the availability of given header(s) when using compiler
options provided by "Alien::PNG->config('cflags')".
Alien::PNG->check_header('png.h', 'pngconf.h');
Returns 1 if all given headers are available, 0 otherwise.
Tries to find a header file specified as a param in PNG prefix direcotry and
based on "#define" macros inside this header file tries to get a version triplet.
Returns string like '1.2.3' or undef if not able to find and parse version info.
Please post issues and bugs at L<>
Tobias Leich
This module is based on Alien::SDL, so in fact the credits has to be given to these guys.
kmx - complete redesign between versions 0.7.x and 0.8.x of the Alien::SDL module
This program is free software; you can redistribute
it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.
The full text of the license can be found in the
LICENSE file included with this module.