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•Re: Re: perl2exe - no more secrets

by merlyn (Sage)
on Feb 24, 2003 at 15:41 UTC ( #238146=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: perl2exe - no more secrets
in thread perl2exe - no more secrets

My problem with perl2exe (which you would see if you had super search'ed back) is that it gets tossed around as a solution to three problems:
  • code hiding
  • "speeding up" by "compilation"
  • bundling for single-file installation and sharing
Well, the first two are bogus claims (especially since the exploits for the code hiding are now readily available). And the third was a nice feature, but is now completely satisfied by PAR.

But instead of making it clear that the first two were bogus claims, they continued to take $99 from unsuspecting souls. This borders on outright lack of ethics, as far I am concerned.

So, mostly on principle, I must continue to urge people to please stop recommending perl2exe. Use PAR.

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
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Re: •Re: Re: perl2exe - no more secrets
by Jenda (Abbot) on Feb 24, 2003 at 15:55 UTC

    Yeah. If you put it like this I agree completely. The whole problem I have with your post is that you blame Indigostar for the first two. They did not make it clear enough that the 1st is not real (but they never claimed it is), and they do say the result will "run at about the same speed".

    You should not hold them responsible for someone elses faults. IMO of course.

    You are right that with PAR being available there is no real reason to use Perl2exe anymore. It was a valuable tool (though I did not use it myself. I use PerlApp and PerlCtrl) but now there is an opensource replacement.

    Anyway ... if someone asks me how to "covert a Perl script into an executable" I will mention PAR, PerlApp and perl2exe. It's his duty to choose, not mine. All I can do for him is to tell him that these three do the same thing just a little bit differently.


Re: •Re: Re: perl2exe - no more secrets
by Vennis (Pilgrim) on Feb 26, 2003 at 07:22 UTC
    Anyone who reads the docs of can see that perl2exe does not claim the first 2. It doesn't say it's hiding the code nor it claims it's speeding up the things.

    It DOES claim that you won't provide source code with the exe-distribution. This is not true as we all have read. Which is a lack of ethics, i agree.

    But i still don't understand why anyone couldn't recommend perl2exe for the functionality it DOES provide.

    Please, don't fight the windmills sir Don Quixote :-)

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