Looking for a Perl packager/compiler/installer

Graeme Cross gcross at alphalink.com.au
Thu Jun 13 07:51:57 CDT 2002

On Thu, 13 Jun 2002 13:29, you wrote:
> We've been using ActiveState's PerlApp for a while now, and it works well.
> In answer to your concerns:
> 1) You can force it to include additional modules that are not
> automagically included using a command line switch. I can't remember which
> one, and I'm not at the right machine to look at it, but trust me, it's
> there ;) 2) There's nothing stopping you from distributing your source code
> AND the precompiled executable, is there? Or at least making your source
> available on request. I believe Richard Stallman would approve. ;-) In the
> meantime, is your code actually GPLd? If not, then even if you give it
> away, this is not necessarily in the spirit of the GPL; that is, they can
> then modify and redistribute applications based on the code without having
> to make their source code public.
> Cheers,
> Dan


Thanks for the response. I've downloaded the trial version of the PDK so that 
I can give PerlApp a work out. I will also have a look at perl2exe.

To answer your second question, the client owns the source code (it is not 
GPLed and they will be getting the code) -- the issue was how we could deploy 
this Perl application on a number of computers in a number of countries 
quickly & easily without having to train people up beforehand in installing 
Perl, downloading CPAN modules, etc. One of my specific briefs for this task 
was to make the installation zero effort.

FYI, the application takes a few hundred megabytes of various debug logs from 
a single run of a clinical chemistry analyser that is in the alpha stage of 
development, does a swag of post-processing and then produces an Excel 
spreadsheet of reliability data for service engineers and the testing staff 
to use.


Graeme Cross <gcross at alphalink.com.au>

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