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Jonathan Stowe
September 29, 2001 08:05
Re: [perlhelp] some notes on windows problems
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On Fri, 28 Sep 2001, Michael G Schwern wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 28, 2001 at 05:17:19PM +0300, Jarkko Hietaniemi wrote:
> > I'm now dimly recalling at least some of what I had to change in old
> > perldoc.bat.  First off, using $$ to generate a reasonably unique
> > tempfilespec doesn't work nicely under MSWin, because:
> Anything wrong with File::Temp?
> > So that, plus just basic interface design (i.e., is bone stupid,
> > besides not being a GUI), led me to think that behavior of perldoc under
> > MSWin should not be to pipe to, but instead to pipe output to a
> > temp file, and open that temp file in a text editor, like write.exe (which
> > kicks open wordpad under MSWin98 -- not sure what it does under MSWin95).
> > Or start.exe, which just opens the file with whatever application is
> > associated with that extension.
> Hmmm... if there's a Pod to Windows Help converter around somewhere
> that might be useful.
> And hey, there it is:
> excepting that it seems to require some Visual Studio utilities.  Damn.

For binary distributions (which is probably the majority of installations
on Win32) this isnt so much of a problem.  I havent looked at the module
in question so I dont know what it does but if it doesnt do it already
then Pod::RTF could be used and thence the help file compiler which is
almost certainly available in most native Win32 compiler kits we support (
I am guessing that the cygwin people could care less about windows help
files :)

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