…didn't you notice its not http://search.cpan.org/~tomc/ who releases this stuff?
Yes, naturally. Tom Christiansen wrote the utilities and brian d foy packaged them and uploaded the distribution to CPAN. As you said, there are Windows-thwarting Unixisms in both the code and the distribution. I'm missing your point here.
One obvious gripe, even after "successfully" installing Unicode::Tussle on Windows using cpan: built-in paging of the standard output stream, which causes this problem on Windows…
List form of pipe open not implemented at C:\Perl\site\bin/unichars li
C:\>sed -n 598p C:\Perl\site\bin/unichars
open(STDOUT, "|- :utf8", $his_pager, @pager_args);
C:\>unichars --nopager 2>NUL | head
---- U+0000 NULL
---- U+0001 START OF HEADING
---- U+0002 START OF TEXT
---- U+0003 END OF TEXT
---- U+0004 END OF TRANSMISSION
---- U+0005 ENQUIRY
---- U+0006 ACKNOWLEDGE
---- U+0007 ALERT
---- U+0008 BACKSPACE
---- U+0009 CHARACTER TABULATION
C:\>perl -v | head -8
This is perl 5, version 16, subversion 1 (v5.16.1) built for MSWin32-x
(with 1 registered patch, see perl -V for more detail)
Copyright 1987-2012, Larry Wall
Binary build 1601  provided by ActiveState http://www.ActiveSt
Built Aug 30 2012 20:08:55
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