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Cool great. BTW, a minor point or two, its better to set your paths by using the vcvars32.bat batch file, or to spawn a shell that is installed in the start menu that launches with it automatically. Also:
If you want to avoid pain, don't put spaces in the install paths of anything above. Manually specify every path into a usefully short high level name. Don't use the defaults!
Yes its possible to get everything working with spaces in the paths, but its much easier to avoid them in the first place. If you have problems with paths with spaces in them have a gander at junction to make a new directory that is an alias to the one with spaces in it. And then update your paths.
Returning to paths its well worth the time IMO to transer all of the paths normally loaded by vsvars32.bat or vcvars32.bat into your system enviornment. The easiest way to do this is to in an open shell
and then use the diff.txt to C&P the missing values into your system enviornment. This way if any of perls or cpans build enviornment spawns any of the c tools regardless of how or when you will always have the correct enviornment available.
Additionally you can find a free version of nmake.exe here unpack it and put it in your path somewhere (or put where it is in your path, *shrug*).
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