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The Simplified MakeMaker class hierarchy
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What most people need to know.
(Subclasses on top.)
MY
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ExtUtils::MakeMaker
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ExtUtils::MM_{Current OS}
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ExtUtils::MM_Unix
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ExtUtils::MM_Any
The object actually used is of the class MY which allows you to
override bits of MakeMaker inside your Makefile.PL by declaring
MY::foo() methods.
The Real MakeMaker class hierarchy
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You wish it was that simple.
Here's how it really works.
PACK### (created each call to ExtUtils::MakeMaker->new)
. |
(mixin) |
. |
MY (created by ExtUtils::MY) |
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ExtUtils::MY MM (created by ExtUtils::MM)
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ExtUtils::MM
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ExtUtils::Liblist ExtUtils::MakeMaker |
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ExtUtils::Liblist::Kid |
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ExtUtils::MM_{Current OS} (if necessary)
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ExtUtils::MM_Unix
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ExtUtils::MM_Any
NOTE: Yes, this is a mess. See
http://archive.develooper.com/makemaker@perl.org/msg00134.html
for some history.
NOTE: When ExtUtils::MM is loaded it chooses a superclass for MM from
amongst the ExtUtils::MM_* modules based on the current operating
system.
NOTE: ExtUtils::MM_{Current OS} represents one of the ExtUtils::MM_*
modules except ExtUtils::MM_Any chosen based on your operating system.
NOTE: The main object used by MakeMaker is a PACK### object, *not*
ExtUtils::MakeMaker. It is, effectively, a subclass of MY,
ExtUtils::Makemaker, ExtUtils::Liblist and ExtUtils::MM_{Current OS}
NOTE: The methods in MY are simply copied into PACK### rather than
MY being a superclass of PACK###. I don't remember the rationale.
NOTE: ExtUtils::Liblist should be removed from the inheritence hiearchy
and simply be called as functions.
NOTE: Modules like File::Spec and Exporter have been omitted for clarity.
The MM_* hierarchy
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MM_Win95 MM_NW5
\ /
MM_BeOS MM_Cygwin MM_OS2 MM_VMS MM_Win32 MM_DOS MM_UWIN
\ | | | / / /
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MM_Unix |
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MM_Any
NOTE: Each direct MM_Unix subclass is also an MM_Any subclass. This
is a temporary hack because MM_Unix overrides some MM_Any methods with
Unix specific code. It allows the non-Unix modules to see the
original MM_Any implementations.
NOTE: Modules like File::Spec and Exporter have been omitted for clarity.