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Redvers Davies
April 7, 2003 12:37
Cross-compiling perl 5.8.0
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	For the past few weeks i've been trying to find information on how to
get the perl buildsystem to cross-compile.  After much reading,
searching and bugging (and general annoyance) to those in it
was conculded that the perl build system (currently) has no facility to

	My interest in it primarily is for perl on my pda, packages existed
already which were effectively re-packaged debian packages.

	The most advanced OS for the Zaurus ( only
accepts packages which can be cross-compiled from source.  They have
Python, Ruby, Tcl but no perl due to the lack of cross-compiling.

	I have succeeded in getting perl to cross-compile and my heavily
bastardised buildsystem is now in the OS source tree.  It can build perl
to multiple new targets.  Consequently, OpenZaurus now has perl in its
packages feed.

	I am posting this here in case anyone can make any use of this.  I
don't claim that its pretty, It works.  I doubt any of it could be used
in the current perl buildsystem.

	It was an "enlightening" experience.

	I have a huge list of things that i've learned about the perl
buildsystem, could make a vaugly decient lightning talk.


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