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The MinGW and dmake cpan starts to install

by sg (Pilgrim)
on Feb 07, 2011 at 00:24 UTC ( #886576=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
sg has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hello,

After installing the latest ActivePerl 5.12.x, I tried the command cpan -h This immediately started the process of installing MinGW and dmake. This unexpected action was unnerving, and I killed the attempt. I do plan to install MinGW on my own, and tried to find out what MinGW cpan wanted to install, and about potential conflicts, duplication, etc. I might run into when I installed the regular MinGW.

The commands ppm search mingw and ppm search dmake provides links http://search.cpan.org/dist/MinGW-5.1.4.1/ and http://search.cpan.org/dist/dmake-4.11.20080107/ but both links are broken.

I found two documentations for cpan (cpan - easily interact with CPAN from the command line and CPAN - query, download and build perl modules from CPAN sites) but neither documentation mentions MinGW and dmake and why a request for help immediately starts a download and install process.

Anyway,

  1. What is the MinGW-5.1.4.1 and dmake that cpan wants to install?
  2. Since I plan to install MinGW on my own, should I do so before running cpan or are the two MinGWs different?
  3. The MinGW I install will have make; will cpan still want to install dmake?
  4. Regarding the broken links provided by ppm, what is the proper links?

Thanks

Comment on The MinGW and dmake cpan starts to install
Re: The MinGW and dmake cpan starts to install
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 07, 2011 at 00:50 UTC
Re: The MinGW and dmake cpan starts to install
by syphilis (Canon) on Feb 07, 2011 at 01:44 UTC
    What is the MinGW-5.1.4.1 and dmake that cpan wants to install?

    MinGW-5.1.4.1 is just the version of the MinGW package. It will give you gcc-3.4.5 (as well as all the other stuff needed to make it functional).
    I would expect the dmake that gets installed to be version 4.12-20090907-SHAY.

    It's not difficult to use a different dmake and/or MinGW than installed by CPAN, should you ever want to.

    Cheers,
    Rob
Re: The MinGW and dmake cpan starts to install
by biohisham (Priest) on Feb 07, 2011 at 07:22 UTC
    On Win OS I often opt for UnxUtils that in addition to porting make capabilities it also ports different *nix utilities that you can use on Windows machines.



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