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PERLWIN32(1)			 Perl Programmers Reference Guide		     PERLWIN32(1)

NAME
       perlwin32 - Perl under Windows

SYNOPSIS
       These are instructions for building Perl under Windows 9x/NT/2000/XP on the Intel x86 and
       Itanium architectures.

DESCRIPTION
       Before you start, you should glance through the README file found in the top-level direc-
       tory to which the Perl distribution was extracted.  Make sure you read and understand the
       terms under which this software is being distributed.

       Also make sure you read "BUGS AND CAVEATS" below for the known limitations of this port.

       The INSTALL file in the perl top-level has much information that is only relevant to peo-
       ple building Perl on Unix-like systems.	In particular, you can safely ignore any informa-
       tion that talks about "Configure".

       You may also want to look at two other options for building a perl that will work on Win-
       dows NT:  the README.cygwin and README.os2 files, each of which give a different set of
       rules to build a Perl that will work on Win32 platforms.  Those two methods will probably
       enable you to build a more Unix-compatible perl, but you will also need to download and
       use various other build-time and run-time support software described in those files.

       This set of instructions is meant to describe a so-called "native" port of Perl to Win32
       platforms.  This includes both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems.  The resulting
       Perl requires no additional software to run (other than what came with your operating sys-
       tem).  Currently, this port is capable of using one of the following compilers on the
       Intel x86 architecture:

	     Borland C++	       version 5.02 or later
	     Microsoft Visual C++      version 4.2 or later
	     Mingw32 with GCC	       version 2.95.2 or better

       The last of these is a high quality freeware compiler.  Support for it is still experimen-
       tal.  (Older versions of GCC are known not to work.)

       This port can also be built on the Intel IA64 using:

	     Microsoft Platform SDK    Nov 2001 (64-bit compiler and tools)

       The MS Platform SDK can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/.

       This port fully supports MakeMaker (the set of modules that is used to build extensions to
       perl).  Therefore, you should be able to build and install most extensions found in the
       CPAN sites.  See "Usage Hints for Perl on Win32" below for general hints about this.

       Setting Up Perl on Win32

       Make
	   You need a "make" program to build the sources.  If you are using Visual C++ or the
	   Platform SDK tools under Windows NT/2000/XP, nmake will work.  All other builds need
	   dmake.

	   dmake is a freely available make that has very nice macro features and parallelabil-
	   ity.

	   A port of dmake for Windows is available from:

	       http://www.cpan.org/authors/id/GSAR/dmake-4.1pl1-win32.zip

	   (This is a fixed version of the original dmake sources obtained from http://www.wti-
	   corp.com/  As of version 4.1PL1, the original sources did not build as shipped and had
	   various other problems.  A patch is included in the above fixed version.)

	   Fetch and install dmake somewhere on your path (follow the instructions in the
	   README.NOW file).

	   There exists a minor coexistence problem with dmake and Borland C++ compilers.
	   Namely, if a distribution has C files named with mixed case letters, they will be com-
	   piled into appropriate .obj-files named with all lowercase letters, and every time
	   dmake is invoked to bring files up to date, it will try to recompile such files again.
	   For example, Tk distribution has a lot of such files, resulting in needless recompiles
	   every time dmake is invoked.  To avoid this, you may use the script "sync_ext.pl"
	   after a successful build.  It is available in the win32 subdirectory of the Perl
	   source distribution.

       Command Shell
	   Use the default "cmd" shell that comes with NT.  Some versions of the popular 4DOS/NT
	   shell have incompatibilities that may cause you trouble.  If the build fails under
	   that shell, try building again with the cmd shell.

	   The nmake Makefile also has known incompatibilities with the "command.com" shell that
	   comes with Windows 9x.  You will need to use dmake and makefile.mk to build under Win-
	   dows 9x.

	   The surest way to build it is on Windows NT/2000/XP, using the cmd shell.

	   Make sure the path to the build directory does not contain spaces.  The build usually
	   works in this circumstance, but some tests will fail.

       Borland C++
	   If you are using the Borland compiler, you will need dmake.	(The make that Borland
	   supplies is seriously crippled and will not work for MakeMaker builds.)

	   See "Make" above.

       Microsoft Visual C++
	   The nmake that comes with Visual C++ will suffice for building.  You will need to run
	   the VCVARS32.BAT file, usually found somewhere like C:\MSDEV4.2\BIN.  This will set
	   your build environment.

	   You can also use dmake to build using Visual C++; provided, however, you set OSRELEASE
	   to "microsft" (or whatever the directory name under which the Visual C dmake configu-
	   ration lives) in your environment and edit win32/config.vc to change "make=nmake" into
	   "make=dmake".  The latter step is only essential if you want to use dmake as your
	   default make for building extensions using MakeMaker.

       Microsoft Platform SDK 64-bit Compiler
	   The nmake that comes with the Platform SDK will suffice for building Perl.  Make sure
	   you are building within one of the "Build Environment" shells available after you
	   install the Platform SDK from the Start Menu.

       MinGW32 with gcc
	   The latest release of MinGW (at the time of writing) is 2.0.0, which comes with
	   gcc-3.2, and can be downloaded here:

	       http://sourceforge.net/projects/mingw

	   Perl compiles with earlier releases of gcc (2.95 and up) that can be downloaded from
	   the same place. If you use gcc-3.2, comment out the line:

	       USE_GCC_V3_2	   *= define

	   in win32\makefile.mk

	   You also need dmake.  See "Make" above on how to get it.

       MinGW release 1
	   The MinGW-1.1 bundle comes with gcc-2.95.3.

	   Make sure you install the binaries that work with MSVCRT.DLL as indicated in the
	   README for the GCC bundle.  You may need to set up a few environment variables (usu-
	   ally ran from a batch file).

	   There are a couple of problems with the version of gcc-2.95.2-msvcrt.exe released 7
	   November 1999:

	   o   It left out a fix for certain command line quotes.  To fix this, be sure to down-
	       load and install the file fixes/quote-fix-msvcrt.exe from the above ftp location.

	   o   The definition of the fpos_t type in stdio.h may be wrong.  If your stdio.h has
	       this problem, you will see an exception when running the test t/lib/io_xs.t.  To
	       fix this, change the typedef for fpos_t from "long" to "long long" in the file
	       i386-mingw32msvc/include/stdio.h, and rebuild.

	   A potentially simpler to install (but probably soon-to-be-outdated) bundle of the
	   above package with the mentioned fixes already applied is available here:

	       http://downloads.ActiveState.com/pub/staff/gsar/gcc-2.95.2-msvcrt.zip
	       ftp://ftp.ActiveState.com/pub/staff/gsar/gcc-2.95.2-msvcrt.zip

       Building

       o   Make sure you are in the "win32" subdirectory under the perl toplevel.  This directory
	   contains a "Makefile" that will work with versions of nmake that come with Visual C++
	   or the Platform SDK, and a dmake "makefile.mk" that will work for all supported com-
	   pilers.  The defaults in the dmake makefile are setup to build using Microsoft Visual
	   C++ 6.0 or newer.

       o   Edit the makefile.mk (or Makefile, if you're using nmake) and change the values of
	   INST_DRV and INST_TOP.   You can also enable various build flags.  These are explained
	   in the makefiles.

	   You will have to make sure that CCTYPE is set correctly and that CCHOME points to
	   wherever you installed your compiler.

	   The default value for CCHOME in the makefiles for Visual C++ may not be correct for
	   some versions.  Make sure the default exists and is valid.

	   If you have either the source or a library that contains des_fcrypt(), enable the
	   appropriate option in the makefile.	des_fcrypt() is not bundled with the distribution
	   due to US Government restrictions on the export of cryptographic software.  Neverthe-
	   less, this routine is part of the "libdes" library (written by Eric Young) which is
	   widely available worldwide, usually along with SSLeay ( for example,
	   ftp://ftp.funet.fi/pub/crypt/mirrors/dsi/libdes/ ).	Set CRYPT_SRC to the name of the
	   file that implements des_fcrypt().  Alternatively, if you have built a library that
	   contains des_fcrypt(), you can set CRYPT_LIB to point to the library name.  The loca-
	   tion above contains many versions of the "libdes" library, all with slightly different
	   implementations of des_fcrypt().  Older versions have a single, self-contained file
	   (fcrypt.c) that implements crypt(), so they may be easier to use.  A patch against the
	   fcrypt.c found in libdes-3.06 is in des_fcrypt.patch.

	   An easier alternative may be to get the pre-patched and ready-to-use fcrypt.c that can
	   be found here:

	       http://downloads.ActiveState.com/pub/staff/gsar/fcrypt.c
	       ftp://ftp.ActiveState.com/pub/staff/gsar/fcrypt.c

	   Perl will also build without des_fcrypt(), but the crypt() builtin will fail at run
	   time.

	   Be sure to read the instructions near the top of the makefiles carefully.

       o   Type "dmake" (or "nmake" if you are using that make).

	   This should build everything.  Specifically, it will create perl.exe, perl58.dll at
	   the perl toplevel, and various other extension dll's under the lib\auto directory.  If
	   the build fails for any reason, make sure you have done the previous steps correctly.

       Testing Perl on Win32

       Type "dmake test" (or "nmake test").  This will run most of the tests from the testsuite
       (many tests will be skipped).

       There should be no test failures when running under Windows NT/2000/XP.	Many tests will
       fail under Windows 9x due to the inferior command shell.

       Some test failures may occur if you use a command shell other than the native "cmd.exe",
       or if you are building from a path that contains spaces.  So don't do that.

       If you are running the tests from a emacs shell window, you may see failures in op/stat.t.
       Run "dmake test-notty" in that case.

       If you're using the Borland compiler, you may see a failure in op/taint.t arising from the
       inability to find the Borland Runtime DLLs on the system default path.  You will need to
       copy the DLLs reported by the messages from where Borland chose to install it, into the
       Windows system directory (usually somewhere like C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32) and rerun the test.

       If you're using Borland compiler versions 5.2 and below, you may run into problems finding
       the correct header files when building extensions.  For example, building the "Tk" exten-
       sion may fail because both perl and Tk contain a header file called "patchlevel.h".  The
       latest Borland compiler (v5.5) is free of this misbehaviour, and it even supports an
       option -VI- for backward (bugward) compatibility for using the old Borland search algo-
       rithm  to locate header files.

       If you run the tests on a FAT partition, you may see some failures for "link()" related
       tests (op/write.t, op/stat.t ...). Testing on NTFS avoids these errors.

       Furthermore, you should make sure that during "make test" you do not have any GNU tool
       packages in your path: some toolkits like Unixutils include some tools ("type" for
       instance) which override the Windows ones and makes tests fail. Remove them from your path
       while testing to avoid these errors.

       Please report any other failures as described under "BUGS AND CAVEATS".

       Installation of Perl on Win32

       Type "dmake install" (or "nmake install").  This will put the newly built perl and the
       libraries under whatever "INST_TOP" points to in the Makefile.  It will also install the
       pod documentation under "$INST_TOP\$VERSION\lib\pod" and HTML versions of the same under
       "$INST_TOP\$VERSION\lib\pod\html".  To use the Perl you just installed, you will need to
       add two components to your PATH environment variable, "$INST_TOP\$VERSION\bin" and
       "$INST_TOP\$VERSION\bin\$ARCHNAME".  For example:

	   set PATH c:\perl\5.6.0\bin;c:\perl\5.6.0\bin\MSWin32-x86;%PATH%

       If you opt to comment out INST_VER and INST_ARCH in the makefiles, the installation struc-
       ture is much simpler.  In that case, it will be sufficient to add a single entry to the
       path, for instance:

	   set PATH c:\perl\bin;%PATH%

       Usage Hints for Perl on Win32

       Environment Variables
	   The installation paths that you set during the build get compiled into perl, so you
	   don't have to do anything additional to start using that perl (except add its location
	   to your PATH variable).

	   If you put extensions in unusual places, you can set PERL5LIB to a list of paths sepa-
	   rated by semicolons where you want perl to look for libraries.  Look for descriptions
	   of other environment variables you can set in perlrun.

	   You can also control the shell that perl uses to run system() and backtick commands
	   via PERL5SHELL.  See perlrun.

	   Perl does not depend on the registry, but it can look up certain default values if you
	   choose to put them there.  Perl attempts to read entries from "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Soft-
	   ware\Perl" and "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Perl".  Entries in the former override
	   entries in the latter.  One or more of the following entries (of type REG_SZ or
	   REG_EXPAND_SZ) may be set:

	       lib-$]		   version-specific standard library path to add to @INC
	       lib		   standard library path to add to @INC
	       sitelib-$]	   version-specific site library path to add to @INC
	       sitelib		   site library path to add to @INC
	       vendorlib-$]	   version-specific vendor library path to add to @INC
	       vendorlib	   vendor library path to add to @INC
	       PERL*		   fallback for all %ENV lookups that begin with "PERL"

	   Note the $] in the above is not literal.  Substitute whatever version of perl you want
	   to honor that entry, e.g. 5.6.0.  Paths must be separated with semicolons, as usual on
	   win32.

       File Globbing
	   By default, perl handles file globbing using the File::Glob extension, which provides
	   portable globbing.

	   If you want perl to use globbing that emulates the quirks of DOS filename conventions,
	   you might want to consider using File::DosGlob to override the internal glob() imple-
	   mentation.  See File::DosGlob for details.

       Using perl from the command line
	   If you are accustomed to using perl from various command-line shells found in UNIX
	   environments, you will be less than pleased with what Windows offers by way of a com-
	   mand shell.

	   The crucial thing to understand about the Windows environment is that the command line
	   you type in is processed twice before Perl sees it.	First, your command shell (usu-
	   ally CMD.EXE on Windows NT, and COMMAND.COM on Windows 9x) preprocesses the command
	   line, to handle redirection, environment variable expansion, and location of the exe-
	   cutable to run. Then, the perl executable splits the remaining command line into indi-
	   vidual arguments, using the C runtime library upon which Perl was built.

	   It is particularly important to note that neither the shell nor the C runtime do any
	   wildcard expansions of command-line arguments (so wildcards need not be quoted).
	   Also, the quoting behaviours of the shell and the C runtime are rudimentary at best
	   (and may, if you are using a non-standard shell, be inconsistent).  The only (useful)
	   quote character is the double quote (").  It can be used to protect spaces and other
	   special characters in arguments.

	   The Windows NT documentation has almost no description of how the quoting rules are
	   implemented, but here are some general observations based on experiments: The C run-
	   time breaks arguments at spaces and passes them to programs in argc/argv.  Double
	   quotes can be used to prevent arguments with spaces in them from being split up.  You
	   can put a double quote in an argument by escaping it with a backslash and enclosing
	   the whole argument within double quotes.  The backslash and the pair of double quotes
	   surrounding the argument will be stripped by the C runtime.

	   The file redirection characters "<", ">", and "|" can be quoted by double quotes
	   (although there are suggestions that this may not always be true).  Single quotes are
	   not treated as quotes by the shell or the C runtime, they don't get stripped by the
	   shell (just to make this type of quoting completely useless).  The caret "^" has also
	   been observed to behave as a quoting character, but this appears to be a shell fea-
	   ture, and the caret is not stripped from the command line, so Perl still sees it (and
	   the C runtime phase does not treat the caret as a quote character).

	   Here are some examples of usage of the "cmd" shell:

	   This prints two doublequotes:

	       perl -e "print '\"\"' "

	   This does the same:

	       perl -e "print \"\\\"\\\"\" "

	   This prints "bar" and writes "foo" to the file "blurch":

	       perl -e "print 'foo'; print STDERR 'bar'" > blurch

	   This prints "foo" ("bar" disappears into nowhereland):

	       perl -e "print 'foo'; print STDERR 'bar'" 2> nul

	   This prints "bar" and writes "foo" into the file "blurch":

	       perl -e "print 'foo'; print STDERR 'bar'" 1> blurch

	   This pipes "foo" to the "less" pager and prints "bar" on the console:

	       perl -e "print 'foo'; print STDERR 'bar'" | less

	   This pipes "foo\nbar\n" to the less pager:

	       perl -le "print 'foo'; print STDERR 'bar'" 2>&1 | less

	   This pipes "foo" to the pager and writes "bar" in the file "blurch":

	       perl -e "print 'foo'; print STDERR 'bar'" 2> blurch | less

	   Discovering the usefulness of the "command.com" shell on Windows 9x is left as an
	   exercise to the reader :)

	   One particularly pernicious problem with the 4NT command shell for Windows NT is that
	   it (nearly) always treats a % character as indicating that environment variable expan-
	   sion is needed.  Under this shell, it is therefore important to always double any %
	   characters which you want Perl to see (for example, for hash variables), even when
	   they are quoted.

       Building Extensions
	   The Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN) offers a wealth of extensions, some of
	   which require a C compiler to build.  Look in http://www.cpan.org/ for more informa-
	   tion on CPAN.

	   Note that not all of the extensions available from CPAN may work in the Win32 environ-
	   ment; you should check the information at http://testers.cpan.org/ before investing
	   too much effort into porting modules that don't readily build.

	   Most extensions (whether they require a C compiler or not) can be built, tested and
	   installed with the standard mantra:

	       perl Makefile.PL
	       $MAKE
	       $MAKE test
	       $MAKE install

	   where $MAKE is whatever 'make' program you have configured perl to use.  Use "perl
	   -V:make" to find out what this is.  Some extensions may not provide a testsuite (so
	   "$MAKE test" may not do anything or fail), but most serious ones do.

	   It is important that you use a supported 'make' program, and ensure Config.pm knows
	   about it.  If you don't have nmake, you can either get dmake from the location men-
	   tioned earlier or get an old version of nmake reportedly available from:

	       ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/Softlib/MSLFILES/nmake15.exe

	   Another option is to use the make written in Perl, available from CPAN.

	       http://www.cpan.org/modules/by-module/Make/

	   You may also use dmake.  See "Make" above on how to get it.

	   Note that MakeMaker actually emits makefiles with different syntax depending on what
	   'make' it thinks you are using.  Therefore, it is important that one of the following
	   values appears in Config.pm:

	       make='nmake'	   # MakeMaker emits nmake syntax
	       make='dmake'	   # MakeMaker emits dmake syntax
	       any other value	   # MakeMaker emits generic make syntax
				       (e.g GNU make, or Perl make)

	   If the value doesn't match the 'make' program you want to use, edit Config.pm to fix
	   it.

	   If a module implements XSUBs, you will need one of the supported C compilers.  You
	   must make sure you have set up the environment for the compiler for command-line com-
	   pilation.

	   If a module does not build for some reason, look carefully for why it failed, and
	   report problems to the module author.  If it looks like the extension building support
	   is at fault, report that with full details of how the build failed using the perlbug
	   utility.

       Command-line Wildcard Expansion
	   The default command shells on DOS descendant operating systems (such as they are) usu-
	   ally do not expand wildcard arguments supplied to programs.	They consider it the
	   application's job to handle that.  This is commonly achieved by linking the applica-
	   tion (in our case, perl) with startup code that the C runtime libraries usually pro-
	   vide.  However, doing that results in incompatible perl versions (since the behavior
	   of the argv expansion code differs depending on the compiler, and it is even buggy on
	   some compilers).  Besides, it may be a source of frustration if you use such a perl
	   binary with an alternate shell that *does* expand wildcards.

	   Instead, the following solution works rather well. The nice things about it are 1) you
	   can start using it right away; 2) it is more powerful, because it will do the right
	   thing with a pattern like */*/*.c; 3) you can decide whether you do/don't want to use
	   it; and 4) you can extend the method to add any customizations (or even entirely dif-
	   ferent kinds of wildcard expansion).

		   C:\> copy con c:\perl\lib\Wild.pm
		   # Wild.pm - emulate shell @ARGV expansion on shells that don't
		   use File::DosGlob;
		   @ARGV = map {
				 my @g = File::DosGlob::glob($_) if /[*?]/;
				 @g ? @g : $_;
			       } @ARGV;
		   1;
		   ^Z
		   C:\> set PERL5OPT=-MWild
		   C:\> perl -le "for (@ARGV) { print }" */*/perl*.c
		   p4view/perl/perl.c
		   p4view/perl/perlio.c
		   p4view/perl/perly.c
		   perl5.005/win32/perlglob.c
		   perl5.005/win32/perllib.c
		   perl5.005/win32/perlglob.c
		   perl5.005/win32/perllib.c
		   perl5.005/win32/perlglob.c
		   perl5.005/win32/perllib.c

	   Note there are two distinct steps there: 1) You'll have to create Wild.pm and put it
	   in your perl lib directory. 2) You'll need to set the PERL5OPT environment variable.
	   If you want argv expansion to be the default, just set PERL5OPT in your default
	   startup environment.

	   If you are using the Visual C compiler, you can get the C runtime's command line wild-
	   card expansion built into perl binary.  The resulting binary will always expand
	   unquoted command lines, which may not be what you want if you use a shell that does
	   that for you.  The expansion done is also somewhat less powerful than the approach
	   suggested above.

       Win32 Specific Extensions
	   A number of extensions specific to the Win32 platform are available from CPAN.  You
	   may find that many of these extensions are meant to be used under the Activeware port
	   of Perl, which used to be the only native port for the Win32 platform.  Since the
	   Activeware port does not have adequate support for Perl's extension building tools,
	   these extensions typically do not support those tools either and, therefore, cannot be
	   built using the generic steps shown in the previous section.

	   To ensure smooth transitioning of existing code that uses the ActiveState port, there
	   is a bundle of Win32 extensions that contains all of the ActiveState extensions and
	   most other Win32 extensions from CPAN in source form, along with many added bugfixes,
	   and with MakeMaker support.	This bundle is available at:

	      http://www.cpan.org/authors/id/GSAR/libwin32-0.18.zip

	   See the README in that distribution for building and installation instructions.  Look
	   for later versions that may be available at the same location.

       Notes on 64-bit Windows
	   Windows .NET Server supports the LLP64 data model on the Intel Itanium architecture.

	   The LLP64 data model is different from the LP64 data model that is the norm on 64-bit
	   Unix platforms.  In the former, "int" and "long" are both 32-bit data types, while
	   pointers are 64 bits wide.  In addition, there is a separate 64-bit wide integral
	   type, "__int64".  In contrast, the LP64 data model that is pervasive on Unix platforms
	   provides "int" as the 32-bit type, while both the "long" type and pointers are of
	   64-bit precision.  Note that both models provide for 64-bits of addressability.

	   64-bit Windows running on Itanium is capable of running 32-bit x86 binaries transpar-
	   ently.  This means that you could use a 32-bit build of Perl on a 64-bit system.
	   Given this, why would one want to build a 64-bit build of Perl?  Here are some reasons
	   why you would bother:

       o   A 64-bit native application will run much more efficiently on Itanium hardware.

       o   There is no 2GB limit on process size.

       o   Perl automatically provides large file support when built under 64-bit Windows.

       o   Embedding Perl inside a 64-bit application.

       Running Perl Scripts

       Perl scripts on UNIX use the "#!" (a.k.a "shebang") line to indicate to the OS that it
       should execute the file using perl.  Win32 has no comparable means to indicate arbitrary
       files are executables.

       Instead, all available methods to execute plain text files on Win32 rely on the file
       "extension".  There are three methods to use this to execute perl scripts:

       1       There is a facility called "file extension associations" that will work in Windows
	       NT 4.0.	This can be manipulated via the two commands "assoc" and "ftype" that
	       come standard with Windows NT 4.0.  Type "ftype /?" for a complete example of how
	       to set this up for perl scripts (Say what?  You thought Windows NT wasn't
	       perl-ready? :).

       2       Since file associations don't work everywhere, and there are reportedly bugs with
	       file associations where it does work, the old method of wrapping the perl script
	       to make it look like a regular batch file to the OS, may be used.  The install
	       process makes available the "pl2bat.bat" script which can be used to wrap perl
	       scripts into batch files.  For example:

		       pl2bat foo.pl

	       will create the file "FOO.BAT".	Note "pl2bat" strips any .pl suffix and adds a
	       .bat suffix to the generated file.

	       If you use the 4DOS/NT or similar command shell, note that "pl2bat" uses the "%*"
	       variable in the generated batch file to refer to all the command line arguments,
	       so you may need to make sure that construct works in batch files.  As of this
	       writing, 4DOS/NT users will need a "ParameterChar = *" statement in their 4NT.INI
	       file or will need to execute "setdos /p*" in the 4DOS/NT startup file to enable
	       this to work.

       3       Using "pl2bat" has a few problems:  the file name gets changed, so scripts that
	       rely on $0 to find what they must do may not run properly; running "pl2bat" repli-
	       cates the contents of the original script, and so this process can be maintenance
	       intensive if the originals get updated often.  A different approach that avoids
	       both problems is possible.

	       A script called "runperl.bat" is available that can be copied to any filename
	       (along with the .bat suffix).  For example, if you call it "foo.bat", it will run
	       the file "foo" when it is executed.  Since you can run batch files on Win32 plat-
	       forms simply by typing the name (without the extension), this effectively runs the
	       file "foo", when you type either "foo" or "foo.bat".  With this method, "foo.bat"
	       can even be in a different location than the file "foo", as long as "foo" is
	       available somewhere on the PATH.  If your scripts are on a filesystem that allows
	       symbolic links, you can even avoid copying "runperl.bat".

	       Here's a diversion:  copy "runperl.bat" to "runperl", and type "runperl".  Explain
	       the observed behavior, or lack thereof. :) Hint: .gnidnats llits er'uoy fi ,"lrep-
	       nur" eteled :tniH

       Miscellaneous Things
	       A full set of HTML documentation is installed, so you should be able to use it if
	       you have a web browser installed on your system.

	       "perldoc" is also a useful tool for browsing information contained in the documen-
	       tation, especially in conjunction with a pager like "less" (recent versions of
	       which have Win32 support).  You may have to set the PAGER environment variable to
	       use a specific pager.  "perldoc -f foo" will print information about the perl
	       operator "foo".

	       One common mistake when using this port with a GUI library like "Tk" is assuming
	       that Perl's normal behavior of opening a command-line window will go away.  This
	       isn't the case.	If you want to start a copy of "perl" without opening a command-
	       line window, use the "wperl" executable built during the installation process.
	       Usage is exactly the same as normal "perl" on Win32, except that options like "-h"
	       don't work (since they need a command-line window to print to).

	       If you find bugs in perl, you can run "perlbug" to create a bug report (you may
	       have to send it manually if "perlbug" cannot find a mailer on your system).

BUGS AND CAVEATS
       Norton AntiVirus interferes with the build process, particularly if set to "AutoProtect,
       All Files, when Opened". Unlike large applications the perl build process opens and modi-
       fies a lot of files. Having the the AntiVirus scan each and every one slows build the
       process significantly.  Worse, with PERLIO=stdio the build process fails with peculiar
       messages as the virus checker interacts badly with miniperl.exe writing configure files
       (it seems to either catch file part written and treat it as suspicious, or virus checker
       may have it "locked" in a way which inhibits miniperl updating it). The build does com-
       plete with

	  set PERLIO=perlio

       but that may be just luck. Other AntiVirus software may have similar issues.

       Some of the built-in functions do not act exactly as documented in perlfunc, and a few are
       not implemented at all.	To avoid surprises, particularly if you have had prior exposure
       to Perl in other operating environments or if you intend to write code that will be porta-
       ble to other environments.  See perlport for a reasonably definitive list of these differ-
       ences.

       Not all extensions available from CPAN may build or work properly in the Win32 environ-
       ment.  See "Building Extensions".

       Most "socket()" related calls are supported, but they may not behave as on Unix platforms.
       See perlport for the full list.

       Signal handling may not behave as on Unix platforms (where it doesn't exactly "behave",
       either :).  For instance, calling "die()" or "exit()" from signal handlers will cause an
       exception, since most implementations of "signal()" on Win32 are severely crippled.  Thus,
       signals may work only for simple things like setting a flag variable in the handler.
       Using signals under this port should currently be considered unsupported.

       Please send detailed descriptions of any problems and solutions that you may find to
       <perlbug@perl.com>, along with the output produced by "perl -V".

AUTHORS
       Gary Ng <71564.1743@CompuServe.COM>
       Gurusamy Sarathy <gsar@activestate.com>
       Nick Ing-Simmons <nick@ing-simmons.net>

       This document is maintained by Gurusamy Sarathy.

SEE ALSO
       perl

HISTORY
       This port was originally contributed by Gary Ng around 5.003_24, and borrowed from the Hip
       Communications port that was available at the time.  Various people have made numerous and
       sundry hacks since then.

       Borland support was added in 5.004_01 (Gurusamy Sarathy).

       GCC/mingw32 support was added in 5.005 (Nick Ing-Simmons).

       Support for PERL_OBJECT was added in 5.005 (ActiveState Tool Corp).

       Support for fork() emulation was added in 5.6 (ActiveState Tool Corp).

       Win9x support was added in 5.6 (Benjamin Stuhl).

       Support for 64-bit Windows added in 5.8 (ActiveState Corp).

       Last updated: 20 April 2002

perl v5.8.0				    2003-02-18				     PERLWIN32(1)


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