Brandon Casey  committed efe47f8

perl/Makefile.PL: detect MakeMaker versions incompatible with DESTDIR

It appears that ExtUtils::MakeMaker versions older than 6.11 do not
implement the DESTDIR mechanism. So add a test to the generated perl.mak
to detect when DESTDIR is used along with a too old ExtUtils::MakeMaker and
abort with a message suggesting the use of NO_PERL_MAKEMAKER.

Signed-off-by: Brandon Casey <>
Signed-off-by: Shawn O. Pearce <>

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File perl/Makefile.PL

+ifneq (,$(DESTDIR))
+ifeq (0,$(shell expr '$(MM_VERSION)' '>' 6.10))
+$(error ExtUtils::MakeMaker version "$(MM_VERSION)" is older than 6.11 and so \
+	is likely incompatible with the DESTDIR mechanism.  Try setting \
+	NO_PERL_MAKEMAKER=1 instead)