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Re: The Perl Compiler (turning perl scripts into binary executables)

by strfry() (Monk)
on Oct 17, 2001 at 20:36 UTC ( #119463=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to The Perl Compiler (turning perl scripts into binary executables)

a few things to note...

first, perlcc can compile perl source code into a binary:  perlcc -o perl_bin_executable - and there's no offending C source involved. unfortunately, it's also less than stable (i get terrible errors with it on 5.6.1, when i use map{}, and have had no luck making it play nicely with

secondly, if you know a teensy bit of C (or are good at faking it <g>) you can always shove your very own perl interpreter into a .c file, and include the code in a char'd string (see perlman:perlembed for oodles of information on that ((: )

now, i agree with the many others who have said that compiling perl scripts won't protect the source.. but as far as i could tell, that wasn't what all this was about, was it?

Being able to write a decent snippet, one-liner, or full- fledged program in perl, and then distribute it to those who -don't- have some/any/all of the following:

  • some perl module or another
  • a perl interpreter! (:
  • any programming knowledge whatsoever
installed would be, at times, infinitely helpful. i myself have lost track of ho w many times i've wished i had something as simple as a 'comment cutter' (eg.  map{print if not m/^(#|$)/;} <fh>;) on a dos/win32 platform.

lastly, if you need help on this project, i'd be more than happy to help (assuming the need isn't already filled by the mega-experienced perl adepts and gods who haunt the monastery) (:

Good Luck,

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