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Re^2: Cygwin vs. Active State Perl Install

by yburge (Acolyte)
on Apr 25, 2006 at 19:12 UTC ( #545626=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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Please forgive my ignorance, but I have (at least) one question about do I know if any of our modules actually need a C compiler? And is "modules" the correct term? We have about 3 dozen batch scripts, and I know that there are some "default" modules which come with various Perl downloads, but I haven't yet grasped the concept of Perl modules yet (I'm OBVIOUSLY new to Perl, and I'm trying to learn it at the same time I'm converting our batch scripts).
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Re^3: Cygwin vs. Active State Perl Install
by GrandFather (Sage) on Aug 24, 2007 at 20:02 UTC

    A module is a code library. Modules are generally written to provide a solution to some common task, although they are often written internally as a way of managing large projects.

    Pure Perl modules are generally simple to install and use regardless of the Perl installation you are using.

    XS modules include code written in C and need an appropriate compiler for part of the install process. They can be much harder to install because they need to be built on the target system during the install process. ActiveState avoids the XS build issue by providing a tool (ppm) that downloads precompiled modules and installs them. Cygwin provides a *nix environment and, with an appropriate compiler, can build and install XS modules from CPAN using the usual *nix tools.

    I suspect that for your task you found ActiveState to be the way to go and probably didn't need to install very many additional modules in any case.

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