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Re: Wish Setup would accept my Perl
- From: LDR <lee at veritech dot com>
- To: The Vulgar and Unprofessional Cygwin-Talk List <cygwin-talk at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2007 14:56:16 -0500
- Subject: Re: Wish Setup would accept my Perl
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Dave Korn wrote:
On 07 November 2007 15:32, Andrew DeFaria wrote:Not sure if this has been mentioned before:
Brian Mathis wrote:
I must say with respect that if there are problems porting from
Activestate to linux/unix, that's a problem with the programmer who
wrote the code, not Perl.
Not necessarily. If I write code that uses setsid, for example, on Linux
and then move it to Windows, ActiveState returns "Not implemented on
this architecture". That's a problem. If, however I use Cygwin's Perl it
works fine... On the same architecture. Hmmm...
Oh, if only there were some kind of way of making the linux/unix gnu tools
available on windows, without needing to port them! Well, maybe just with
<thinks> It would have to emulate posix path handling and posix fork/exec
semantics, and add all those posix libc functions that win32 doesn't support,
but I'm sure we could implement them, and maybe we could put them all in a dll
or something that would act as an emulation layer. We could set up a website,
and a mailing list, and invite people to contribute packages, and I'm sure
there would be lots of folks who'd like something like that.
Now, all we need is to come up with a name for it ...
No the alternative is Cygwin's Perl on Windows, of course. Oh, and BTW,
how much $$$ does ActiveState Perl cost?
The advantages of using AS Perl, as I see it:
* It's easier to package an app for use by others who may or may not
be using Cygwin, or even Windows. (In fact, that's the major
reason that I would do any app in Perl-only, anyways. AS perl
just makes the app span Windows w/o Cygwin.)
* Better debugger.
In fact, I'm in the process of rewriting an app that I had previously
written (evolved!) in Bash, awk, sed ... with some Perl routines.
I am a GNU/Linux/Cygwin lover and user. But, the rest of the world is
not necessarily so.