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Re^2: Disappointed with latest Strawberry Perl

by eserte (Deacon)
on Dec 29, 2007 at 21:23 UTC ( #659543=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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PPM is not an ActivePerl-only thing, it can be used by any perl. But it seems that nobody outside of ActiveState is really using PPM.

Anyway, is Strawberry Perl compatible with ActivePerl? Is it possible to use compiled modules from AcrivePerl in Strawberry Perl? If so, then the addition of PPM would be useful, as in this case there would exist usable PPM repositories.

And for g77, maybe this could be added in the planned Chocolate Perl distribution.

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Re^3: Disappointed with latest Strawberry Perl
by randyk (Parson) on Dec 30, 2007 at 00:16 UTC

    I added the CPAN version of PPM to Strawberry Perl - this required XML-Parser and SOAP-Lite, both of which installed successfully. For XML-Parser, I used a version of the expat library compiled with VC++ 6. A small patch:

    --- 2007-12-29 18:00:03.234375000 -0600 +++ 2007-12-29 17:59:58.218750000 -0600 @@ -113,8 +113,10 @@ # add -5.d to archname for Perl >= 5.8 my $varchname = $Config{archname}; -if (length($^V) && ord(substr($^V,1)) >= 8) { - $varchname .= sprintf("-%d.%d", ord($^V), ord(substr($^V,1))); +if ($] >= 5.008) { + my $vstring = sprintf "%vd", $^V; + $vstring =~ s/\.\d+$//; + $varchname .= "-$vstring"; } #
    was needed for to get it to correctly append "-5.10" to the architecture string MSWin32-x86-multi-thread. I then installed via the ppm client the GD ppm package from the UWinnipeg Perl 5.10 repository, which worked fine.

    Update: If anyone wants to try this out, I've placed an archive of the files needed for installing ppm up at; to install this, save it to the C:\strawberry directory and unpack it there. You may have to edit C:\strawberry\perl\site\lib\ppm.xml to change at least the value of BUILDDIR, indicating the temporary directory which ppm uses to build things. There's a command-line utility, ppm, supplied; type help within the ppm shell to get a list of available options.

      Thanks for that randyk. There's also a patch at PPM can't handle zip files that enables that CPAN version of PPM to handle binaries that have been packed in the zip format as well as in the tar.gz format. (The trouchelle rep uses the zip format.)

      That patch does the trick for me, but it's probably not well tested.

      For anyone using Module::Build (v0.30) to build PPM's for distribution, here's a simple fix (no patching involved) that you can put into your custom build code (add this to your custom builder code in your Build.PL file):
      ##BUGBYPASS: [for Module::Build v0.3 and perl v5.10+ $^V version strin +g change] repairs incorrect version interpretation for perl v5.10+ (s +till works for 5.8 and earlier, as well) sub my_varchname { # Copied from my ($self, $config) = @_; my $varchname = $config->{archname}; # Append "-5.8" to architecture name for Perl 5.8 and later #if (defined($^V) && ord(substr($^V,1)) >= 8) { #$varchname .= sprintf("-%d.%d", ord($^V), ord(substr($^V,1))); #} ## BUGFIX: send to Module::Build::PPMMaker and PPM if (defined($^V)) { my @v = split(/\./, sprintf(qq{%vd},$^V)); if ($v[1] >= 8) { $varchname .= '-'.$v[0].'.'.$v[1]; } } return $varchname; }
      It bypasses the BUG until it's fixed in Module::Build.

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