The real purpose is: do one want to rely on something else but perl to install a CPAN module.
This module allows to get rid of the mess that relying on autoconf would introduce (think to OSes like openBSD and its $AUTOCONF_VERSION depdency, to OSes where getting autoconf running is almost impossible like Windows, etc.), and of course without changing a code developped on a box that would use autoconf; identified by the usual #include of config.h.
So go for it.
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