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

by Anonymous Monk
on Jul 11, 2001 at 00:52 UTC ( #95472=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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

First, let me ask you a question. Why do you need to compile perl scripts into binary format? Second, there is no way to hide your code and eventually smart people whill decipher your code. Just my 2cents on the issue. h.
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Re: Re: The Perl Compiler (turning perl scripts into binary executables)
by Desdinova (Friar) on Jul 11, 2001 at 01:21 UTC
    As someone who uses perl2exe let me throw in my two cents..
    I create perl programs that work as simple helper apps to some of our internal Windows software. These scripts I compile into an exe format to keep from having to install Perl on every workstation who may need to use it, then having to keep everyone up to date with the perl versions and modules. It is not a matter of 'hiding' the source code as much as it making the program easier to access.
    SO for me it's a matter of keeping my administration overhead low

    On your second note about not being able to hide the internals I agree fully and I don't use the complier to 'secure' anything

    On the idea of this project I would love to see it happen. I can't do much to help other than test (I'm not that great of programmer). From a user perspective I have found the EXEs created by perl2exe tend to be quite large in file size and it would be nice to see smaller exes
Re: Re: The Perl Compiler (turning perl scripts into binary executables)
by Jouke (Curate) on Jul 11, 2001 at 11:01 UTC
    Like I stated in my first reply to this thread, we are trying to compile the source...not to hide it. A compiler is not the same as an obfuscator.

    The main idea (for me) for a Perl compiler is that it enables you to write Perl programs and enable anyone to run it, regardless if they installed a Perl interpreter or not (like I did with pVoice).

    Thanks to OeufMayo and neophyte my program is now compiled for the Win32 platform, which simplifies installation enormously for people who want to use the application instead of co-develop it.

    Jouke Visser, Perl 'Adept'
    Using Perl to help the disabled: pVoice and pStory

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