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Can I use a Perl exe on a CD to search a flatfile on the CD?
Yes, you can use a Perl executable. However, if you are planning on making the CD platform independent, you will run into trouble unless you provide an executable for each of the platforms you expect it to run on. You will probably be safe just supporting the big OSes. ActiveState's Perl Development Kit is pretty nice for making executables. I've also found that Perl2Exe is nice. I think there is another, also; help, anyone?