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ActiveState Perl supports MinGW compiled modules

by Limbic~Region (Chancellor)
on Mar 27, 2006 at 20:37 UTC ( #539532=perlnews: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Comment on ActiveState Perl supports MinGW compiled modules
Re: ActiveState Perl supports MinGW compiled modules
by bart (Canon) on Mar 27, 2006 at 22:21 UTC
    I didn't understand the preoccupation with dmake, so I ignored that requirement... I already had MinGW and Microsoft's nmake installed, so I just downloaded and installed the new Activeperl 5.8.8.816, as my previous install was 5.8.7.813, slightly too old...

    I ran a few test builds of XS modules (Sub::Name, Data::Dump::Streamer). Guess what: it works. You don't need dmake, nmake will do fine.

    An exception is Win32::API, but we knew that already, it uses MSVC inline assembler syntax and MinGW's gcc can't handle that.

Re: ActiveState Perl supports MinGW compiled modules
by CountZero (Bishop) on Mar 28, 2006 at 22:02 UTC
    Very good news!

    As a compiler-challenged user of Windows XP, I felt left out every time a module needed to be compiled and no PPM-package was available.

    I installed the minimal shell "MSys" and from that shell ran the CPAN-module and it works like a charm.

    Giant vistas open on the horizon. What shall we do next? Recompile Perl itself?

    CountZero

    "If you have four groups working on a compiler, you'll get a 4-pass compiler." - Conway's Law

      What shall we do next? Recompile Perl itself?

      Yes. While it's still very alpha, see VanillaPerl.

      -xdg

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