Looking for a Perl packager/compiler/installer

Simon Taylor simon at unisolve.com.au
Wed Jun 12 18:46:24 CDT 2002


> I would still be interested in hearing about alternatives or anyone's war
> stories about PerlDev/PerlApp.

We've used ActiveState's Perl devKit to produce stand-alone executables for 
the same reasons that interest you. We had a client who wanted to be able to
install a single executable for demonstration purposes rather that going to 
the "trouble" of downloading ActiveState Perl on each new machine.

At the time, (mid last year), we were unable to produce a completely 
stand-alone executable, and we had to resort to shipping the exe file with a 
few miscellaneous perl files of our own. But I suspect that given more time, 
we could have resolved this issue.

It bothered me a little bit that we were suddenly shipping code that some 
interested end-user couldn't *inspect*, and I felt an attack of the Richard 
Stallman's coming on ;-), so I resolved that if we ever had to do this in 
future, I would include a README file (or a hyperlink in the case of a 
perl/tk app), showing where the source code inside the exe file could be 


Simon Taylor 
Unisolve Pty Ltd - Melbourne, Australia
+61 3 9568 2005

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