# PODNAME: Alien::Build::Manual::AlienUser
# ABSTRACT: Alien user documentation



=encoding UTF-8

=head1 NAME

Alien::Build::Manual::AlienUser - Alien user documentation

=head1 VERSION

version 2.80


 perldoc Alien::Build::Manual::AlienUser


This document is intended for a user of an L<Alien::Base> based L<Alien>
module's user.  Although specifically geared for L<Alien::Base>
subclasses, it may have some useful hints for L<Alien> in general.

Full working examples of how to use an L<Alien> module are also bundled
with L<Alien::Build> in the distribution's C<example/user> directory.
Those examples use L<Alien::xz>, which uses L<alienfile> + L<Alien::Build>
+ L<Alien::Base>.

The following documentation will assume you are trying to use an L<Alien>
called C<Alien::Foo> which provides the library C<libfoo> and the command
line tool C<foo>.  Many L<Alien>s will only provide one or the other.

The best interface to use for using L<Alien::Base> based aliens is
L<Alien::Base::Wrapper>.  This allows you to combine multiple aliens together
and handles a number of corner obscure corner cases that using L<Alien>s
directly does not.  Also as of 0.64, L<Alien::Base::Wrapper> comes bundled
with L<Alien::Build> and L<Alien::Base> anyway, so it is not an extra

What follows are the main use cases.

=head2 ExtUtils::MakeMaker

 use ExtUtils::MakeMaker;
 use Alien::Base::Wrapper ();
     NAME => 'FOO::XS',

L<Alien::Base::Wrapper> will take a hash of C<WriteMakefile> arguments
and insert the appropriate compiler and linker flags for you.  This
is recommended over doing this yourself as the exact incantation to
get EUMM to work is tricky to get right.

The C<mm_args2> method will also set your C<CONFIGURE_REQUIRES> for
L<Alien::Base::Wrapper>, L<ExtUtils::MakeMaker> and any aliens that
you specify.

=head2 Module::Build

 use Module::Build;
 use Alien::Base::Wrapper qw( Alien::Foo !export );
 use Alien::Foo;
 my $build = Module::Build->new(
   configure_requires => {
     'Alien::Base::Wrapper' => '0',
     'Alien::Foo'           => '0',

For L<Module::Build> you can also use L<Alien::Base::Wrapper>, but
you will have to specify the C<configure_requires> yourself.

=head2 Inline::C / Inline::CPP

 use Inline 0.56 with => 'Alien::Foo';

L<Inline::C> and L<Inline::CPP> can be configured
to use an L<Alien::Base> based L<Alien> with the C<with> keyword.

=head2 ExtUtils::Depends

 use ExtUtils::MakeMaker;
 use ExtUtils::Depends;
 my $pkg = ExtUtils::Depends->new("Alien::Foo");

L<ExtUtils::Depends> works similar to L<Alien::Base::Wrapper>, but uses
the L<Inline> interface under the covers.

=head2 Dist::Zilla

 -bundle = @Basic
 -remove = MakeMaker
 [Prereqs / ConfigureRequires]
 Alien::Foo = 0
 header = use Alien::Base::Wrapper qw( Alien::Foo !export );
 WriteMakefile_arg = Alien::Base::Wrapper->mm_args

=head2 FFI::Platypus

Requires C<Alien::Foo> always:

 use FFI::Platypus;
 use Alien::Foo;
 my $ffi = FFI::Platypus->new(
   lib => [ Alien::Foo->dynamic_libs ],

Use C<Alien::Foo> in fallback mode:

 use FFI::Platypus;
 use FFI::CheckLib 0.28 qw( find_lib_or_die );
 use Alien::Foo;
 my $ffi = FFI::Platypus->new(
   lib => [ find_lib_or_die lib => 'foo', alien => ['Alien::Foo'] ],

If you are going to always require an L<Alien> you can just call C<dynamic_libs>
and pass it into L<FFI::Platypus>' lib method.  You should consider
using L<FFI::CheckLib> to use the L<Alien> in fallback mode instead.
This way you only need to install the L<Alien> if the system doesn't
provide it.

For fallback mode to work correctly you need to be using L<FFI::CheckLib>
0.28 or better.

=head2 Inline::C

 use Inline with => 'Alien::Foo';
 use Inline C => <<~'END';
   #include <foo.h>
   const char *my_foo_wrapper()
 sub exported_foo()

=head2 tool

 use Alien::Foo;
 use Env qw( @PATH );
 unshift @PATH, Alien::Foo->bin_dir;
 system 'foo', '--bar', '--baz';

Some L<Alien>s provide tools instead of or in addition to a library.
You need to add them to the C<PATH> environment variable though.
(Unless the tool is already provided by the system, in which case
it is already in the path and the C<bin_dir> method will return an
empty list).


=over 4


Although the recommended way for a consumer to use an L<Alien::Base> based L<Alien>
is to declare it as a static configure and build-time dependency, some consumers
may prefer to fallback on using an L<Alien> only when the consumer itself cannot
detect the necessary package. In some cases the consumer may want the user to opt-in
to using an L<Alien> before requiring it.

To keep the interface consistent among Aliens, the consumer of the fallback opt-in
L<Alien> may fallback on the L<Alien> if the environment variable C<ALIEN_INSTALL_TYPE>
is set to any value. The rationale is that by setting this environment variable the
user is aware that L<Alien> modules may be installed and have indicated consent.
The actual implementation of this, by its nature would have to be in the consuming
CPAN module.

This behavior should be documented in the consumer's POD.

See L<Alien::Build/ENVIRONMENT> for more details on the usage of this environment


=head1 SEE ALSO

=over 4

=item L<Alien::Build::Manual>

Other L<Alien::Build> manuals.


=head1 AUTHOR

Author: Graham Ollis E<lt>plicease@cpan.orgE<gt>


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