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ExtUtils::MM_VMS - methods to override UN*X behaviour in ExtUtils::MakeMaker


Do not use this directly.
Instead, use ExtUtils::MM and it will figure out which MM_*
class to use for you.


See ExtUtils::MM_Unix for a documentation of the methods provided there. This package overrides the implementation of these methods, not the semantics.

Methods always loaded


Converts a list into a string wrapped at approximately 80 columns.


Those methods which override default MM_Unix methods are marked "(override)", while methods unique to MM_VMS are marked "(specific)". For overridden methods, documentation is limited to an explanation of why this method overrides the MM_Unix method; see the ExtUtils::MM_Unix documentation for more details.

guess_name (override)

Try to determine name of extension being built. We begin with the name of the current directory. Since VMS filenames are case-insensitive, however, we look for a .pm file whose name matches that of the current directory (presumably the 'main' .pm file for this extension), and try to find a package statement from which to obtain the Mixed::Case package name.

find_perl (override)

Use VMS file specification syntax and CLI commands to find and invoke Perl images.

maybe_command (override)

Follows VMS naming conventions for executable files. If the name passed in doesn't exactly match an executable file, appends .Exe (or equivalent) to check for executable image, and .Com to check for DCL procedure. If this fails, checks directories in DCL$PATH and finally Sys$System: for an executable file having the name specified, with or without the .Exe-equivalent suffix.

perl_script (override)

If name passed in doesn't specify a readable file, appends .com or .pl and tries again, since it's customary to have file types on all files under VMS.


Use as separator a character which is legal in a VMS-syntax file name.


(override) Because of the difficulty concatenating VMS filepaths we must pre-expand the DEST* variables.


No seperator between a directory path and a filename on VMS.

init_main (override)
init_others (override)

Provide VMS-specific forms of various utility commands, then hand off to the default MM_Unix method.

DEV_NULL should probably be overriden with something.

Also changes EQUALIZE_TIMESTAMP to set revision date of target file to one second later than source file, since MMK interprets precisely equal revision dates for a source and target file as a sign that the target needs to be updated.

init_platform (override)


MM_VMS_REVISION is for backwards compatibility before MM_VMS had a $VERSION.

init_VERSION (override)

Override the *DEFINE_VERSION macros with VMS semantics. Translate the MAKEMAKER filepath to VMS style.

constants (override)

Fixes up numerous file and directory macros to insure VMS syntax regardless of input syntax. Also makes lists of files comma-separated.


Clear the default .SUFFIXES and put in our own list.

cflags (override)

Bypass shell script and produce qualifiers for CC directly (but warn user if a shell script for this extension exists). Fold multiple /Defines into one, since some C compilers pay attention to only one instance of this qualifier on the command line.

const_cccmd (override)

Adds directives to point C preprocessor to the right place when handling #include <sys/foo.h> directives. Also constructs CC command line a bit differently than MM_Unix method.

tool_sxubpp (override)

Use VMS-style quoting on xsubpp command line.

tools_other (override)

Throw in some dubious extra macros for Makefile args.

Also keep around the old $(SAY) macro in case somebody's using it.

init_dist (override)

VMSish defaults for some values.

macro         description                     default

ZIPFLAGS      flags to pass to ZIP            -Vu

COMPRESS      compression command to          gzip
              use for tarfiles
SUFFIX        suffix to put on                -gz 
              compressed files

SHAR          shar command to use             vms_share

DIST_DEFAULT  default target to use to        tardist
              create a distribution

              VERSION for the name
c_o (override)

Use VMS syntax on command line. In particular, $(DEFINE) and $(PERL_INC) have been pulled into $(CCCMD). Also use MM[SK] macros.

xs_c (override)

Use MM[SK] macros.

xs_o (override)

Use MM[SK] macros, and VMS command line for C compiler.

dlsyms (override)

Create VMS linker options files specifying universal symbols for this extension's shareable image, and listing other shareable images or libraries to which it should be linked.

dynamic_lib (override)

Use VMS Link command.

dynamic_bs (override)

Use VMS-style quoting on Mkbootstrap command line.

static_lib (override)

Use VMS commands to manipulate object library.

processPL (override)

Use VMS-style quoting on command line.

installbin (override)

Stay under DCL's 255 character command line limit once again by splitting potentially long list of files across multiple lines in realclean target.

subdir_x (override)

Use VMS commands to change default directory.

clean (override)

Split potentially long list of files across multiple commands (in order to stay under the magic command line limit). Also use MM[SK] commands for handling subdirectories.

my $make_frag = $MM->clean_subdirs_target;

VMS semantics for changing directories and rerunning make very different.

realclean (override)

Guess what we're working around? Also, use MM[SK] for subdirectories.

zipfile_target (o)
tarfile_target (o)
shdist_target (o)

Syntax for invoking shar, tar and zip differs from that for Unix.

dist_test (override)

Use VMS commands to change default directory, and use VMS-style quoting on command line.

install (override)

Work around DCL's 255 character limit several times,and use VMS-style command line quoting in a few cases.

perldepend (override)

Use VMS-style syntax for files; it's cheaper to just do it directly here than to have the MM_Unix method call catfile repeatedly. Also, if we have to rebuild, use MM[SK] to do it.

makefile (override)

Use VMS commands and quoting.

find_tests (override)
test (override)

Use VMS commands for handling subdirectories.

makeaperl (override)

Undertake to build a new set of Perl images using VMS commands. Since VMS does dynamic loading, it's not necessary to statically link each extension into the Perl image, so this isn't the normal build path. Consequently, it hasn't really been tested, and may well be incomplete.

nicetext (override)

Insure that colons marking targets are preceded by space, in order to distinguish the target delimiter from a colon appearing as part of a filespec.

prefixify (override)

prefixifying on VMS is simple. Each should simply be:


which can just be converted to:


otherwise you get the default layout.

In effect, your search prefix is ignored and $Config{vms_prefix} is used instead.

oneliner (o)
echo (o)

perl trips up on "<foo>" thinking it's an input redirect. So we use the native Write command instead. Besides, its faster.


256 characters.

init_linker (o)

Expands MM[KS]/Make macros in a text string, using the contents of identically named elements of %$self, and returns the result as a file specification in Unix syntax.

NOTE: This is the canonical version of the method. The version in File::Spec::VMS is deprecated.


Catchall routine to clean up problem MM[SK]/Make macros. Expands macros in any directory specification, in order to avoid juxtaposing two VMS-syntax directories when MM[SK] is run. Also expands expressions which are all macro, so that we can tell how long the expansion is, and avoid overrunning DCL's command buffer when MM[KS] is running.

If optional second argument has a TRUE value, then the return string is a VMS-syntax directory specification, if it is FALSE, the return string is a VMS-syntax file specification, and if it is not specified, fixpath() checks to see whether it matches the name of a directory in the current default directory, and returns a directory or file specification accordingly.

NOTE: This is the canonical version of the method. The version in File::Spec::VMS is deprecated.