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by pudge (Sexton)
on Apr 15, 2002 at 16:07 UTC ( #159249=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

MacPerl 5.6.1 has been released. Everyone should use it. Even if they don't have a Mac.

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Re: MacPerl
by mrbbking (Hermit) on Apr 15, 2002 at 16:41 UTC
    I've been wondering about that. When I used MacOS 9, I used MacPerl. Now that I have MacOS X with a BSD-based command line (aka darwin)(kind of...), I use Perl compiled for darwin. Why would one continue to use MacPerl when the Unix-based one is finally accessible?

    I'm asking in all seriousness. Since /usr/bin/perl is pre-installed - what is the benefit for an OS X user in using MacPerl instead?

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      MacPerl is for Mac OS. Not for Mac OS X. Really, the only reason you'd want to use it for Mac OS X is if you want to use the Mac:: modules that are (currently!) specific to MacPerl/Mac OS, that don't yet work on Mac OS X.

      Once those modules largely work on Mac OS X, there will be no reason at all to use MacPerl on Mac OS X, I'd wager.

      However, many people still use Mac OS, and haven't yet or never will switch to Mac OS X. MacPerl is primarily for them. :-)

Re: MacPerl
by Juerd (Abbot) on Apr 15, 2002 at 17:02 UTC

    Even if they don't have a Mac.

    3;0 root@ouranos:~# mkdir temp 3;0 root@ouranos:~# cd temp 3;0 root@ouranos:~/temp# macunpack ../MacPerl-5.6.1r1_full.bin 3;0 root@ouranos:~/temp# ls -l total 19716 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 20161920 Apr 15 19:00 MacPerl_Full_I +nstaller.bin 3;0 root@ouranos:~/temp# chmod +x MacPerl_Full_Installer.bin 3;0 root@ouranos:~/temp# ./MacPerl_Full_Installer.bin bash: ./MacPerl_Full_Installer.bin: cannot execute binary file
    Now what? When will MacPerl be ported to Linux? :)

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Re: MacPerl
by samgold (Scribe) on Apr 15, 2002 at 19:43 UTC
    Before visiting this site, I had no idea that there was a MacPerl. Does MySql work on a Mac OS 9? I think I am going to go check out MySql.
      MySQL does not run on Mac OS 9. There is a MacSQL Monitor program that allows you to connect to a MySQL database via TCP/IP, and it is possible someone could use those shared libraries to build a DBD::MySQL. However, I usually just use DBD::Proxy/DBI::ProxyServer, since I am going to be talking to a remote DB anyway.
        I went and checked the MySql website and found that it does run on OS X but not OS 9. I don't know much about DBD::Proxy but I know how to read :0) I guess I have some reading to do. Thanks, Sam
        I've just noticed module DBD::mysqlPP on CPAN. It is pure Perl MySQL driver. I haven't used it myself and I don't have Mac to test it but if DBD::mysql doesn't work this one may work.

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