1) Post the link to the actual source tarball that you downloaded. This will enable me (or anyone else who is interested) to ensure that we have the same source;
2) Post, on your public scratchpad the contents of the win32/Makefile (after you've edited it). This allows us to see for ourselves that it looks sane;
3) Post a larger slice (or the entire lot) of the 'nmake test' output (again, on your public scratchpad). I'd like a better idea of precisely when this failure occurs ... and I'd also like to be sure there's nothing relevant in the lead up to the error. The error is occurring before *any* tests are run ... right ?
Hopefully then we can work out what's going wrong.
With what do you unpack the source ? If it's a GUI app (such as Winzip) try to make sure that it's unpacking the source in "binary" (not "text" or "smart" or somesuch) mode.
Re^3: Compile PERL from source on Windows
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If that part's ok then we probably switch our attention to Porting/pod_lib.pl and insert some warn statements just prior to line 117 of that file - that will help us establish the reason that the failure occurs.
then that gets me past the original problem of "Can't extract version from pod/perldelta.pod"... that is fixed from the code snip just above.
However, with using that code snippet, it now throws another error later down in pod_lib.pl. At this point, I have an uneasy feeling about chasing modifications to pod_lib code when it has worked for others out of the box.