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Thursday September 07, 2006
01:19 PM

More on Perl on Windoz

[ #30915 ]
Thanks to the helpful folks who clarified the status of CamelPack in my previous entry. I *may/probably* will put installing GD.pm on my system on the back burner. I went ahead and installed Dev-C++ but haven't messed with it yet.
Interestingly enough, it looks like upgrading to 5.8 compounded my problem, perlwin32faq9 says

Win32 Is there a GD module available for Perl
GD now works with Win32, and can be installed using PPM

But the ActiveState build status page says

GD 2.35 FAIL

It seems to be borne out by this post by Xavi on codecomments.com

Finally I've achived to install GD uninstalling activestate 5.8 and installing 5.6 without any problem.

. I found directions and clarifications from Dave Roth here That *may* be out of date though because the latest binary I found of GD.pll (dll) is Win32GD_v960611
This is pretty much a sidetrack from what I'm *actually* working on but since it's a continual problem, I'm going to work on locally compiling modules as time allows.
Since I went ahead and downloaded what CamelPack couldn't find, I probably have most of what it was supposed to do. The exception being, I think, adding the requisite paths. I can probably take care of that. I'll start out with something thats supposed to be simple. ( I googled around a bit but didn't find a single example in my short search BTW )
Any pointers to something (relatively) simple to start with will be appreciated.

Vanilla Perl sounds enticing but I get the distinct feeling everything I'm doing would come to a screeching halt while I tried to get back to what I have installed from ActiveState. Sucky as that is.

I guess the bottom line is: Stennie isn't going to give back the beer, huh? ;-)

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  • I know you need GD.pm, and this probably won't help you much, but I thought I'd just throw out the comment that Imager is much much easier to install on all platforms (I just installed it on Strawberry to confirm).

    If at all possible, I'd highly recommend using Imager for graphics stuff, if it can do what you want.

    But then GD is probably just a dependency for your real need, so odds are for you that comment doesn't help.
  • But the ActiveState build status page says

    ActiveState isn't the only PPM repository. There are many of them, for example: University of Winnipeg [uwinnipeg.ca] and Bribes [bribes.org], as well as smaller repositories with PPMs for wxPerl [gigi.co.uk]. There's a module on CPAN, PPM::Repositories [cpan.org] to provide a full list. FWIW, I just installed GD from the Winnipeg repository without any problems.

    I don't really like the idea of massive Perl distributions including a compiler - I think binary packaging is a better solution, even for *nix operating

    • Thanks. I already found that module a while back. Works very well too, I added everything I found.
      It's very interesting that you were able to install GD, my ppm should have found it too!
      Roy.