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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • While PXPerl seems to have "frozen" at the moment (the guy is a student after all). I would rather have seen someone step in to help on that one as I see this having the most "potential" as it is indepedent.

    I would much rather have the MingW install over the DEV-C++. Why install something like an IDE when 99.9% of the end users will never use it? Too much cruft.

    • I agree. That was the angle I was thinking of and might have tried myself, had I a Windows machine to actually do this on. (Ie. set up MingW, compile Perl with it, then package the lot together with an installer.)

      The ActiveState + Dev-C++ solution is good for contests (you get to win fast), but loads of bloat in practice.

      • by stennie (6601) on 2006.01.25 16:15 (#45859) Homepage
        Agree with comments on creating a "minimal" installer, based on a vanilla build of perl (or pxperl) and gcc/mingw toolchain. I'd love to do so, but am not interested in signing myself up for the ongoing build and testing of distinct binary releases... as that's yet another distro that can fall by the wayside. Aside from that, I only boot into Windows for testing ;-).

        In the interests of expediency, I simply packaged up some reliable (and maintained) tools in the most straightforward way possible. I would consider this solution a "proof of concept" that can surely be improved (for example, with options to install minimal or more complete development environments).

        I would welcome anyone to try to get the PXPerl community going (original author seems to have vanished after a early build, forums are not getting replies?) .. and would be happy to see more support for creating a more comprehensive Windows installer. I considered a few alternative perl installers, but in general these wanted to install even more bloat by default: apache, mod_perl, or even php.

        Before attempting an installer, I had already noted several posts on PXPerl from Adam asking if / how he could assist in getting that across the line, and I suspect this challenge arose from his frustration in lack of response there.

        Further notes on what I considered:
          http://stennie.org/camelpack/ [stennie.org]

        Suggestions welcome!

        Cheers,
        Stephen
        • Creating a new distribution, it seems to me, wouldn’t be a huge issue, if only there was an easy way for people beside the original author to repeat the process – ie. a build script, the one thing that PXPerl clearly lacks.

        • Well, not only that, but a managed to get a couple of people to look at simply taking it over the moving ahead on their own, or even to create a screencast of how to get MinGW set up with it.

          None of them were able to do it.

          If someone else is able to make it work, that would be great.

          • Are you saying you don't know how to get MinGW to work for PXPerl? Well, it works for me. I did have to delete a command line option, one that gcc for MinGW (?) apparently didn't support. The command line options that I have left are
            -g -O3 -fno-strict-aliasing
            (Use configure_pxperl, a script with a Tk GUI, to select the MinGW gcc compiler first.)