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Re^2: problems installing PAR::Packer (pp) on Windows 7

by Anonymous Monk
on Jan 30, 2013 at 08:53 UTC ( #1016000=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Comment on Re^2: problems installing PAR::Packer (pp) on Windows 7
Re^3: problems installing PAR::Packer (pp) on Windows 7
by tobias_hofer (Friar) on Jan 30, 2013 at 15:03 UTC

    Hello,

    compiling the GNU compiler sources for 64-bit is not that easy, the same is for compiling as a cross-compiler 32bit/64bit.
    It took me a few days and finally I gave up.
    I took the binary version for testing: http://tdm-gcc.tdragon.net.
    Using a 64bit compiler lead to much trouble as I forgot that a 64bit compiler comes with different size of types :-)

    However, I am compiling perl modules for perl on Windows 7 (64bit system) with a 32bit compiler and didn't faced any problems so far.
    I have also tested 64bit perl versions and I have come to the point
    that there are not as much perl modules available as in the standard installation.
    In example the Win32::SerilPort module was not available for 64bit (at that time).
    Compiling modules designed for 32bit with 64bit compiler is also leading to an shouting compiler.

    So is a 64bit compiler really needed?
    Yet I have not tested the Microsoft nmake tool chain with 64bit option, might by worth giving a try.

    IMHO modules are best installed with the given maintenance tools of ActiveState or Strawberry.
    By manual installation you have to take care for version dependencies for yourself - this is no fun ;-)

      I found a solution to this problem which worked for me. I'll share it here in case it helps anyone else.

      My OS is 64-bit Windows 7. I installed 32-bit Perl v5.16.3 from ActiveState. I managed to get PAR::Packer installed in the following manner.

      % cpan PAR::Packer

      The MinGW compiler and dmake utility installed correctly. Several other packages installed correctly. But Win32::Exe failed to install. So, I did this ...

      % ppm install Win32::Exe

      That gets Win32:Exe installed correctly. Next ...

      % cpan PAR::Packer

      Now I can use the pp command normally. Hope this is useful.

      -George

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