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=head1 NAME

PACKAGING - notes and best practice for packaging perl 5


This document is aimed at anyone who is producing their own version of
perl for distribution to other users. It is intended as a collection
of useful tips, advice and best practice, rather than being a complete
packaging manual. The starting point for installing perl remains

=head1 Customizing test running

A small number of porting tests (those in t/porting) tests are not well
suited to typical distribution packaging scenarios. For example, they
assume they are working in a git clone of the upstream Perl repository,
or enforce rules which are not relevant to downstream packagers.
These can be skipped by setting the environment variable
PERL_BUILD_PACKAGING. A complete list of tests which this applied to
can be found by searching the codebase for this string.

An alternative strategy would be to skip all porting tests, but many of
them are useful if additional patches might be applied.