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Drop support for Borland compiler on Win32?

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Steve Hay
September 1, 2011 06:21
Drop support for Borland compiler on Win32?
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I've just noticed that bleadperl no longer builds on Win32 with the
Borland compiler (well, the old, free version that I have anyway...):

ilink32 -Tpe -ap -x -L"c:\perl\lib\CORE" -L"C:\Borland\BCC55\lib"
-L"C:\Borland\BCC55\lib\PSDK" -Gn \
Turbo Incremental Link 5.00 Copyright (c) 1997, 2000 Borland
Error: Unresolved external '_CreateHardLinkW' referenced from
dmake:  Error code 130, while making '..\miniperl.exe'

It was presumably broken by the Windows 95 Chainsaw Massacre
(8cbe99e5b6), which stopped jumping through hoops to call
CreateHardLinkW() and just calls it directly now.

Rather than spending time trying to fix it, would now be a good time to
drop support for this compiler instead?

There must be far newer versions of it around which we may well not
support anyway. The only version I have is the free version dating from
2000 (which still seems to be the latest free version: see

Unless someone with a recent, full version of "C++ Builder" can tell us
that *that* works, and is willing to help maintain it in the future,
then it now seems pointless to me to carry on with just that old free
version, especially given that Microsoft have been making all their
compilers freely available for a long time now.

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