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Mark Dootson
June 29, 2008 16:08
Re: PAR installation question....
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Can you name any module that will compile on Strawberry Perl via the CPAN shell that won't compile on ActivePerl via the CPAN shell?



Packy Anderson wrote:
> On Jun 29, 2008, at 8:23 AM, Paul Miller wrote:
>> Why is everyone so down on Active Perl lately?
> I was just at YAPC::NA two weeks ago, and Adam Kennedy was talking about 
> the status of Strawberry Perl and how it differs from ActiveState.  He 
> went into great detail about the differences between the two--details I 
> can't recall all of so I can't go into here--but (for me) it boils down 
> to one major thing: CPAN support.
> There are certain modules in the PPM repository that ActiveState cannot, 
> for contractual support reasons, update because they would break 
> installations they have support contract with.  There are other modules 
> that don't build cleanly, but ActiveState marks them as valid and 
> delivers them anyway.  Just take a look at the PPM Repository Build 
> Status page for 5.8:
> ActiveState was a good tool at the time it came out, when there wasn't 
> an easily available, open source C compiler for Win32.  Now that MinGW 
> is available, ActiveState Perl is being surpassed by Strawberry Perl.  
> Does that mean that NOBODY should use ActiveState?  No, clearly not.  If 
> all you need is the core modules or modules that *do* build cleanly for 
> the PPM, then there's no reason for you to go out and get Strawberry 
> Perl.  Similarly, there are people who use the ancient version of Perl 
> that ships with Solaris, too, because that's all they need.
> If, however, you want to be able to update to the most recent version of 
> any CPAN module you want and you wouldn't mind using the incredibly 
> simple cpan shell to do it, then Strawberry's your Perl.
> -packy
> -- 
> Packy Anderson                                              
> I'd be dead by 33; well, that was my best guess...
> but, hey, here I am this morning.
> Singing 'Happy Birthday to Me' as I clean up all this mess,
> 'Cause I'm left still alive without warning.
> In the big boring middle of my long book of life,
> after the twist has been told,
> if you don't die in glory at the age of Christ
> then your story is just getting old...

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