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Enbugger on Windows

by morgon (Curate)
on Jan 19, 2012 at 21:47 UTC ( #948851=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
morgon has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:


in my current project I have to maintain a perl-app (a system-monitor) that runs on Windows.

At the moment the app is based on ActiveState and is (for ease of deployment - not for obfuscation) packaged with perl2exe.

The pain in some of my body parts is that when I have to investigate problems I deal with a Windows-exe, i.e. I cannot simply add traces to a script but have to go to my build-machine, package a new version and move it to the machine I need to investigate.

As I recently came across the very cool Enbugger-module I wonder if that could ease the pain for me a bit but I don't have any real Windows-experience.

So my question is:

Is there an Enbugger-ppm for ActiceState somewhere or can you build it for Strawberry - and does it work with perl2exe?

Many thanks!

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Re: Enbugger on Windows (add your own -d)
by tye (Sage) on Jan 19, 2012 at 22:28 UTC
    if( 'morgon' eq $ENV{PERLDEBUG} ) { delete $ENV{PERLDEBUG}; exec( $^X, '-d', $0, @ARGV ); die "Can't exec $^X: $!\n"; }

    Though, if perl2exe ends up passing -I or similar switches to the extracted perl.exe, then this trick requires minor adjustments. You'll also need to generate the exe so that it includes and maybe a couple of other things.

    - tye        

      This is unfortunately not working for me.

      In my perl2exe-compiled binary $^X is set to the exe itself and the -d does then not start the debugger but is passed on to the application.

      Any ideas on what I could try?

        Sad that perl2exe breaks $^X. They probably consider this a "feature". You could try asking the OS more directly:

        use Win32::API (); sub GetPerlExePath { my $f= 'GetModuleFileName'; my $m= Win32::API->new( 'kernel32', $f, 'III', 'I' ) or die "Can't find $f() in kernel32.dll: $^E\n"; my $l= 512; my $s= ' ' x $l; my $a= unpack "I", pack "P", $s; my $r= $m->Call( 0, $a, $l ); die "$f failed: $^E\n" if ! $r; $s= substr( $s, 0, $r ); return $s; }

        - tye        

Re: Enbugger on Windows
by dasgar (Priest) on Jan 20, 2012 at 05:06 UTC
    Is there an Enbugger-ppm for ActiceState somewhere or can you build it for Strawberry - and does it work with perl2exe?

    Just because you're using ActivePerl from ActiveState does not mean that you can't install modules from CPAN.

    Assuming that you're using a 32-bit version of ActivePerl on a system with access to the internet, here's what you need to do to be able to install modules directly from CPAN.

    • Use PPM to install mingw and dmake, which are available from the default ActiveState repository.
      • If you're wanting to use Strawberry Perl, it already has the components needed to install modules from CPAN.
    • If your system is behind a proxy, you'll need to add the http_proxy environment variable with the correct information to you Windows OS.
    • Now, from a command prompt, you can install modules directly from CPAN by using syntax like cpan install Enbugger

    As far as compatibility with perl2exe, I can't say since I've never used that utility before. If for some reason you do encounter issues with perl2exe, you can always install PAR::Packer and use the pp utility to bundle your code into a stand-alone exe file.

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