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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary to not make a decision.
  • (in addition to the usual extra lib bundling and toolchain updates)
    Will these include fixing the compiler chain to work under Vista? I realize that the OS is held in low esteem by just about everyone, but its out there and it's being used. What can I do to help? I keep trying various fixes I find on google vis-a-vis putting the parts of the tool chain explicitly in the PATH, but I still cannot compile consistently.
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    "If you were supposed to understand it, we wouldn't call it code." - FedEx
    • Support for Vista will arrive as soon as the mingw bits and pieces become Vista-compliant.

      In the last week of March, there was a supposed-compatible release of the MinGW tools, but instead of making the default releases compatible, there's an ALTERNATIVE Vista package.

      So if you wanted to get started, I would checkout Perl::Dist, add a vista => 1 property to the constructor, and then start modifying the "install_mingw" type methods to install the regular or vista version depending on vista or not.
      • Hmm. I guess I need to look at the current installation to see which stuff is installed. Then I guess I install MinGW, copy the pieces we need and build another installation? Ok, let me see what I can do. I did not see evidence of an ALTERNATE Vista install at the Sourceforge site. Maybe it becomes evident with the installer.
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        "If you were supposed to understand it, we wouldn't call it code." - FedEx
  • I've been wrestling with the same problem using the platform provided by the One Laptop Per Child Project. It has limited memory and no hard drive. They only provide support for Python. I could make a minicpan easy enough, but building the compile toolchain is daunting. It's on a FD7 Linux platform and uses an AMD chip.
  • On a slightly different subject of mobility, do you know off hand if strawberry perl would work on those new treo 700wx phones that run windows mobile 5?