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Re: Multiple Versions of Perl and Multiple Users

by sam_bakki (Pilgrim)
on Oct 03, 2013 at 11:24 UTC ( #1056752=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Multiple Versions of Perl and Multiple Users

Hi Matt

I have been developing multiple Perl+GUI tools in my company. I also faced similar issues like you when packaging for Windows. After a lots of research, Past 2 years I have been using "PerlApp" - Active State PDK. PerlAPP is a nice utility from Active State to convert perl scripts to Windows EXEs.

I have following configuration,

1. OS: Windows 7 x64 bit 2. Perl: Active Perl 5.16 x32 bit version, I need to create exes for x +86 & x64 beside, I have not yet got a situation to force me to move o +n x64 perl. 3. GTK2: Get Gtk2 and other essential pre built perl packages from Rep +ository: 4. Glade: Get windows version exe of Glade 3.8.1 (3.14 version is not +working good in windows) from Gtk website - This is to develop GUIs a +nd load from code. 5. That is it - You can use perl app to convert your Gtk2-perl script +to exe. 6. Note: sisyphusion's repository builds Gtk2 with using GCC Libs. So +you need include c:\Perl\site\bin\libgcc_sis_452.dll and c:\Perl\site +\bin\libgcc_x86_470.dll in perl App project as a "Bound Files" with a +uto extract on startup option. So these libs will be available to you +r exe for linking. 7. Note: You should also include any resource files, Ex: Pix map image +s / glade file as a "Bound Files" and in your code you need to extrac +t before using. 8. Have a look my perl Gtk2 project: +oft-search-spider/ , Browse for code and see how I handle perl APP bo +und files. Also there is an exe (perlApp created) , you can play with + it to see how Perl+Gtk2 exe behaves.

Thanks & Regards,
Bakkiaraj M
My Perl Gtk2 technology demo project - , contributions are welcome.

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Re^2: Multiple Versions of Perl and Multiple Users
by mmartin (Monk) on Oct 11, 2013 at 17:08 UTC
    Hey Guys,

    Sorry for the delay, I had to push this off for a few days because of work, but I was able to get back to it this morning...

    So I decided to grab an old/spare laptop from work which was pretty much bare bones Windows XP Thinkpad.

    I installed Strawberry Perl v5.14 on the PC and just now finally got all the Required Modules
    for Gtk2 installed from, which all installed without any
    issues... Great site, thanks for posting that link Sam_bakki.

    At first I had all the modules installed but when I ran my Perl GUI I would get these errors, all on the same line:
    Gdk-WARNING **: gdk_win32_pixmap_new: depth = 16 not supported at myGU line 1120. Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_gc_new_with_values: assertion `drawable != NULL' +failed at line 1120. Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_gc_set_colormap: assertion `GDK_IS_GC (gc)' faile +d at line 1120.
    And the line containing the error was: (*i.e. Line 1120)
    And I couldn't figure out why the heck I was getting these errors. I also got the same error on a simple Hello
    World GUI which only contained one widget... So I decided to remove all the Modules and its dependencies
    for Gtk2. I then reinstalled them and still go the same error.

    I then noticed the error was mentioning the depth was "16", so I checked the display "Settings" tab from the
    Desktop Properties menu and noticed the colordepth was set to 16bit. So I changed it to 32-bit and now everything
    seems to be runnning PERFECTLY...!!!

    Thanks Again sam_bakki for your post about the Gtk2 Modules...

    So I think I'm going to attempt the CavaPackager program again now that I have a compatible verison of Perl installed.
    If that doesn't work, or if it gets too confusing, which could happen because it is a pretty extensive app with
    LOTS of configurables, options, etc... I'll give one of the other options a try.

    Here are the one's I know of:
    • CavaPackager
    • Perl2Exe
    • pp (*or PAR::Packer)
    • PerlApp (*Not sure, but can this ONLY be used with an ActiveState Perl installation...?)
    • perlcc

    Are there any others out there that anyone else can think of to add to this list..? I wanted to try a few and see which
    one I like best.

    Again, thanks for the replies guys, very much apprecited!


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