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NAME
    Alien::SDL2 - building, finding and using SDL2 binaries

VERSION
    Version 0.002

SYNOPSIS
    Alien::SDL2 tries (in given order) during its installation:

    *   When given "--with-sdl2-config" option use specified sdl2-config
        script to locate SDL2 libs.

         perl Build.PL --with-sdl2-config=/opt/sdl2/bin/sdl2-config

        or using default script name 'sdl2-config' by running:

         perl Build.PL --with-sdl2-config

        IMPORTANT NOTE: Using --with-sdl2-config avoids considering any
        other build methods; no prompt with other available build options.

    *   Locate an already installed SDL2 via 'sdl2-config' script.

    *   Download prebuilt SDL2 binaries (if available for your platform).

    *   Build SDL2 binaries from source codes (if possible on your system).

    Later you can use Alien::SDL2 in your module that needs to link agains
    SDL2 and/or related libraries like this:

        # Sample Makefile.pl
        use ExtUtils::MakeMaker;
        use Alien::SDL2;

        WriteMakefile(
          NAME         => 'Any::SDL2::Module',
          VERSION_FROM => 'lib/Any/SDL2/Module.pm',
          LIBS         => Alien::SDL2->config('libs', [-lAdd_Lib]),
          INC          => Alien::SDL2->config('cflags'),
          # + additional params
        );

DESCRIPTION
    Please see Alien for the manifesto of the Alien namespace.

    In short "Alien::SDL2" can be used to detect and get configuration
    settings from an installed SDL2 and related libraries. Based on your
    platform it offers the possibility to download and install prebuilt
    binaries or to build SDL2 & co. from source codes.

    The important facts:

    *   The module does not modify in any way the already existing SDL2
        installation on your system.

    *   If you reinstall SDL2 libs on your system you do not need to
        reinstall Alien::SDL2 (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::SDL2
        offers some special functionality (see below).

METHODS
  config()
    This function is the main public interface to this module. Basic
    functionality works in a very similar maner to 'sdl2-config' script:

        Alien::SDL2->config('prefix');   # gives the same string as 'sdl2-config --prefix'
        Alien::SDL2->config('version');  # gives the same string as 'sdl2-config --version'
        Alien::SDL2->config('libs');     # gives the same string as 'sdl2-config --libs'
        Alien::SDL2->config('cflags');   # gives the same string as 'sdl2-config --cflags'

    On top of that this function supports special parameters:

        Alien::SDL2->config('ld_shared_libs');

    Returns a list of full paths to shared libraries (*.so, *.dll) that will
    be required for running the resulting binaries you have linked with SDL2
    libs.

        Alien::SDL2->config('ld_paths');

    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 SDL2 libs.

        Alien::SDL2->config('ld_shlib_map');

    Returns a reference to hash of value pairs '<libnick>' =>
    '<full_path_to_shlib'>, where '<libnick>' is shortname for SDL2 related
    library like: SDL2, SDL2_gfx, SDL2_net, SDL2_sound ... + some non-SDL2
    shortnames e.g. smpeg, jpeg, png.

    NOTE: config('ld_<something>') return an empty list/hash if you have
    decided to use SDL2 libraries already installed on your system. This
    concerns 'sdl2-config' detection.

  check_header()
    This function checks the availability of given header(s) when using
    compiler options provided by "Alien::SDL2->config('cflags')".

        Alien::SDL2->check_header('SDL2.h');
        Alien::SDL2->check_header('SDL2.h', 'SDL2_net.h');

    Returns 1 if all given headers are available, 0 otherwise.

  get_header_version()
    Tries to find a header file specified as a param in SDL2 prefix
    direcotry and based on "#define" macros inside this header file tries to
    get a version triplet.

        Alien::SDL2->get_header_version('SDL_mixer.h');
        Alien::SDL2->get_header_version('SDL_version.h');
        Alien::SDL2->get_header_version('SDL2_gfxPrimitives.h');
        Alien::SDL2->get_header_version('SDL_image.h');
        Alien::SDL2->get_header_version('SDL_mixer.h');
        Alien::SDL2->get_header_version('SDL_net.h');
        Alien::SDL2->get_header_version('SDL_ttf.h');
        Alien::SDL2->get_header_version('smpeg.h');

    Returns string like '1.2.3' or undef if not able to find and parse
    version info.

  havelib()
    Checks the presence of given SDL2 related libraries.

     Alien::SDL2->havelib('SDL2');
     #or
     Alien::SDL2->havelib('SDL2', 'SDL2_image', 'SDL2_mixer');

    Parameter(s): One or more SDL2 related lib names - e.g. SDL2,
    SDL2_mixer, SDL2_image, ...

    Returns: 1 if all libs specified as a param are available; 0 otherwise.

AUTHOR
        Kartik Thakore
        CPAN ID: KTHAKORE
        Thakore.Kartik@gmail.com
        http://yapgh.blogspot.com

COPYRIGHT
    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.