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February 12, 2001 11:41
Re: Auto-install (was autoloaded...)
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Oh, I fully realize that *none* of this "self-extracting" nonsense is
going to be cross-platform by any means.  For each variation of Unix
you'll need a seperate par binary, but its no worse than C.  But Unix
really isn't a problem.  Any Unix dist worth its weight in snot comes
with Perl.

The real use is for distributing to MacOS and Windows.  That's much
easier.  One binary for 95/98/Me, one for NT/2000, one for MacOS, one
for MacOS X and maybe one for DOS/3.1.  It might seem like alot of
work, but its dirt cheap for cross-platform development.  (Of course,
you'll still have to be careful about file operations and the like).

Perl gets *creamed* on this issue.  Personally, I've had lots of ideas
for little utilities to help with office-work killed because all the
non-programmers run Windows and don't want to be bothered installing
Perl.  No, its not a fight you can easily win.

Well... there is one part that will be cross-platform.  The problem
of having Perl but not pun.  That's simple enough, par can build an
archive with a minimalist version of pun with the par attached as
__DATA__ or something.

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