Looking for a Perl packager/compiler/installer
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.
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
Graeme Cross <gcross at alphalink.com.au>
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