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See the Obfuscation section for details on rendering functional programs illegible. You get bonus points for doing it by hand, without the aid of unPerlish mechanisms.

If that's not quite what you had in mind, check out the Q&A section: How do I compile my script so that it becomes a standalone executable?, or perlfaq3: "How can I hide the source for my Perl program?" Or see the responses to Protecting Perl Code and Source Hiding. Then wake up and remember this is Perl.

If you plan to figure out a scheme for hiding your source, be sure that any use of CPAN modules in your program meets the requirements of the modules' licenses. Though the modules are available to all who comply with the licensing, remember that they wouldn't be available to you if their authors had ventured down the "hide the code" road. Even Perl's source code is readily available to the world, so long as the license is respected. I am pleased that Larry and gang didn't take the Gates approach to language design. ;)

Update: Re-edited final paragraph to better capture the spirit of tilly's followup message's suggestions.


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In reply to Re: simple encryption for perl files by davido
in thread simple encryption for perl files by snowfalcon

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