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Dan Sugalski
February 8, 2001 09:31
Re: Auto-install (was autoloaded...)
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At 11:52 AM 2/8/2001 +0000, Michael G Schwern wrote:
>On Thu, Feb 08, 2001 at 11:21:17AM -0500, Dan Sugalski wrote:
> > I'm not sure this is all necessary. Wouldn't we be reasonably better 
> off if
> > we instead just shipped off bytecode compiled versions of the scripts?
>Sure, except...
>     1) You lose your readable source code (discussions of B::Deparse as
>        a viable alternative > /dev/null)

Not unless you strip the bytecode. I want to optionally package the source 
in the bytecode, since otherwise you can't do some optimizations after the 
fact on the generated bytecode stream.

>     2) You have to make provisions to distribute your documentation
>        seperately.

Presumably you'd package it up in the tar or zip archive containing the 
fully-compiled program.

>     3) It makes it harder to bundle non-Perl things, like configuration
>        files, images, sound files, etc...  If you want to send those along
>        with the bytecode you windup needing a par-style utility anyway.

Once again, you can package it up in the tar or zip archive that you're 
distributing the program in.

>     4) What Brenden said

Some of what Brenden said isn't entirely applicable, though much of it is.

>     5) Do YOU have a stable bytecode compiler??  I don't.

For perl 6? No. Not yet.

>Perhaps it wasn't clear, I don't mean to have par as part of 6.0, I
>mean to have it out, like, maybe next month if I decide to work on it.

I assumed that since you were discussing this on a perl 6 mailing list, you 
were talking about doing this with perl 6.


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