[TriLUG] cross compile perl modules from Linux to Solaris?
mpeters at plusthree.com
Thu Mar 19 11:49:14 EDT 2009
Barry Gaskins wrote:
> I thought that perl was an interpreted language and that the perl
> scripts and modules are just text files.
> Maybe I am just showing my ignorance...
Yep :) Pure-Perl modules are just text, but like most interpreted languages
(Python and Ruby) you can write extensions in C for more speedup. When you use a
module from CPAN most of the time it's invisible as to whether it uses C or not.
If it does contain C it's compiled as part of the normal installation process
and it means you can't simply copy the resulting files across OS/architecture
But to be honest I wouldn't recommend going the cross compile route. Why not
just compile them on Solaris? Trying to manage and cross-compile all of the
module's dependencies seems like a nightmare. Not only do you have to worry
about OS/arch compatibility but also Perl version compatibility since not all
versions of Perl are binary compatible.
Plus Three, LP
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