*Joel Berger wrote:*
This month featured lots of work in the latter parts of [Alien::Base](https://github.com/jberger/Alien-Base). These improve library detection logic, pkg-config functionality and packlist support.
I was especially pleased to get a bug report filed by bpo regular Toby Inkster. He is writing a provisional Alien::LibXML based on Alien::Base. He noticed some odd behaviors that we are still trying to [work out](https://github.com/jberger/Alien-Base/issues/17). This feedback led to [more improvements](https://github.com/jberger/Alien-Base/issues/18) than just his, so please keep the bug reports coming!
This month I released three dev versions, the latest being released this evening. I also released Acme::Ford::Prefect again, this time the tests shouldn't fail on [CPANtesters](http://static.cpantesters.org/distro/A/Acme-Ford-Prefect.html) computers who don't actually install the dependent modules for the one that they are testing. This module is one of the "downstream" modules that are part of the test system for Alien::Base (along with Acme::Alien::DontPanic). These are needed since some of the magic happens during the final installation so tests have to occur AFTER installation of the module in question.
I was saddened this month to learn that Strawberry Perl doesn't include a Bash interpreter with its build environment. I was under that impression since Strawberry is built on MinGW (compiler) and also includes make, that meant that it bundled MinGW's MSYS environment. Unfortunately this isn't true, Strawberry bundles its own make, but not the other tools provided by MSYS, like Bash, and thus it cannot run configure scripts. Oh well, I always planned on pre-built binaries for Windows, guess I'm back to that.
I know I say this regularly, but the system is very close to completion! I'm not going to claim this month again, but sometime very soon!
*Original article at [Joel Berger \[blogs.perl.org\]](http://blogs.perl.org/users/joel_berger/2012/11/alienbase-grant-report-november.html).*