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  • Hi Folks

    Yes, I realize adding h: to the list of supported drives is getting a bit ridiculous if they are all separate distros.

    It's just that at educational institutions, every student is given a personal folder on h:.

    Of course, the flash-drive option more or less solves that problem.


    • Given that we only have a hundred or so downloads a quarter for the D: version, H: would seem to be pushing things a bit :)

      Alternatively, if you install Perl::Dist::Strawberry with a little bit of work you could probably spin your own distribution.

    • And something I admit I'd like to see is a relocatable build where you can choose where the installation goes - but that may not come until late 2009.

      Trying to think of how I can implement that.

      The new Strawberry Perl for Windows has been released! Check for it.
      • At the moment, there's only two ways.

        1. Hardcode the path in at some fixed but easily detectable path, and do a string-replacement to tailor it to your system during the install process.

        2. Tweak Strawberry Portable slightly so it uses all the normal Portable magic for most files, but uses the system paths for File::HomeDir (which currently is magicified to point into the Portable directory).

        • And I should add, whichever of those two you do, go through the entire Perl and GCC toolchain and most of the top 100 CPAN modules to make sure they work with spaces in the path.

        • And I'm thinking that if perl.exe is not one of the files that would need patched, (i.e. trying to expand the space a string is stored in a binary) #1 would be the better option. Otherwise, #2. Maybe I'd do #1 if perl.exe needs patched if we were only changing the drive, as opposed to both the drive and directory.

          The reason being it's easy enough to write a CA that does #1 in C++. (after writing the clear-files CA, I've got an idea of how to do it. Maybe use the pcre library? would have to check.)

          I think

          The new Strawberry Perl for Windows has been released! Check for it.