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Re^2: New-to-Perl: recommendations for windows setup?

by syphilis (Bishop)
on Feb 17, 2021 at 00:30 UTC ( #11128484=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: New-to-Perl: recommendations for windows setup?
in thread New-to-Perl: recommendations for windows setup?

I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I'm partial to installing cygwin and its perl.

I installed Cygwin about 5 years ago - and I still use it on a daily basis for ssh, git and svn.
The worst thing about it is its setup.exe - which you might need to use extensively if you want to install all of the modules that ship as standard with Strawberry Perl.
I'm damned if I know how it's supposed to work. I've got a procedure written down that does work if I follow it religiously, but it involves closing and re-starting setup.exe, which is ridiculously clunky.
Maybe I was doing it wrong and/or maybe it has since been improved.

The other annoyance was that it didn't provide a sufficiently recent version of autotools, for which I switched to using my Ubuntu box, and then scp the result across.
I'm still using the Ubuntu box in that way even though I would expect that, by now, a sufficiently recent version of autotools is available for Cygwin via setup. (Such is my fear of the dreaded setup.exe ;-)
I wonder if they're a "bit behind" with other software, too - or was it just autotools ?

Cygwin's perl is fine, and easy enough to build from source - though I rarely use it as native Windows perls (both self-built, and Strawberry) provide all that I need.

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