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Johan Vromans
December 17, 2012 13:52
Re: How To Build A Perl Package Database
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Lyle <> writes:

> Michael is right. I deal with setting up Perl driven software are a
> wide variety of systems. This often means setting up Perl itself
> because the system doesn't have one, or to have a non system instance.
> It can be a real pain, it shouldn't be, it should be easy and straight
> forward for all. TIMTOWTDI, relying on the OS for package management
> can be far from idea, or not even an option.

I think it is neccesary to make a distinction between developers, power
users, and desktop/end users. Developers and power users usually know
how to deal with CPAN/local installs and package management. 'Command
line' and 'root' do not have real secrets for them.

Desktop users, on the other hand, just use point and click on desktops
and web sites, and things like 'Perl' and 'modules' do not mean anything
significant. For these users, an application is just a single piece of
software that gets installed with the click of a button. If it is a Perl
application, this means you have to provide Perl and all necessary
libraries and modules with the install kit[1]. Installable packages can
be created with PAR, althoug personally I prefer Cava Packager
(especially in combination with Citrus Perl). Other people may wish to
use PerlApp.

-- Johan

[1] Unless you create installers for each and every specific platform
    the customers use -- which is a huge maintenance burden.

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