PERLCE(1) Perl Programmers Reference Guide PERLCE(1)
perlce - Perl for WinCE
This file gives the instructions for building Perl5.8 and above for
WinCE. Please read and understand the terms under which this software
This section describes the steps to be performed to build PerlCE. You
may find additional and newer information about building perl for WinCE
using following URL:
There should also be pre-built binaries there.
Don’t be confused by large size of downloaded distribution or con-
structed binaries: entire distribution could be large for WinCE ideol-
ogy, but you may strip it at your wish and use only required parts.
Tools & SDK
For compiling, you need following:
* Microsoft Embedded Visual Tools
* Microsoft Visual C++
* Rainer Keuchel’s celib-sources
* Rainer Keuchel’s console-sources
Needed source files can be downloaded via:
Please pay attention that starting from 5.8.0 miniperl *is* built and
it facilitates in further building process. This means that in addition
to compiler installation for mobile device you also need to have
Microsoft Visual C++ installed as well.
On the bright side, you do not need to edit any files from ./win32 sub-
directory. Normally you only need to edit ./wince/compile.bat to
reflect your system and run it.
File ./wince/compile.bat is actually a wrapper to call nmake -f make-
file.ce with appropriate parameters and it accepts extra parameters and
forwards them to "nmake" command as additional arguments. You should
pass target this way.
To prepare distribution you need to do following:
* go to ./wince subdirectory
* edit file compile.bat
* run compile.bat
* run compile.bat dist
makefile.ce has CROSS_NAME macro, and it is used further to refer to
your cross-compilation scheme. You could assign a name to it, but this
is not necessary, because by default it is assigned after your machine
configuration name, such as "wince-sh3-hpc-wce211", and this is enough
to distinguish different builds at the same time. This option could be
handy for several different builds on same platform to perform, say,
threaded build. In a following example we assume that all required
environment variables are set properly for C cross-compiler (a special
*.bat file could fit perfectly to this purpose) and your compile.bat
has proper "MACHINE" parameter set, to, say,
compile.bat CROSS_NAME=mips-wce300-thr "USE_ITHREADS=define" "USE_IMP_SYS=define" "USE_MULTI=define"
compile.bat CROSS_NAME=mips-wce300-thr "USE_ITHREADS=define" "USE_IMP_SYS=define" "USE_MULTI=define" dist
If all goes okay and no errors during a build, you’ll get two indepen-
dent distributions: "wince-mips-pocket-wce300" and "mips-wce300-thr".
Target ’dist’ prepares distribution file set. Target ’zipdist’ performs
same as ’dist’ but additionally compresses distribution files into zip
NOTE: during a build there could be created a number (or one) of Con-
fig.pm for cross-compilation ("foreign" Config.pm) and those are hidden
inside ../xlib/$(CROSS_NAME) with other auxilary files, but, and this
is important to note, there should be *no* Config.pm for host miniperl.
If you’ll get an error that perl could not find Config.pm somewhere in
building process this means something went wrong. Most probably you
forgot to specify a cross-compilation when invoking miniperl.exe to
Makefile.PL When building an extension for cross-compilation your com-
mand line should look like
..\miniperl.exe -I..\lib -MCross=mips-wce300-thr Makefile.PL
..\miniperl.exe -I..\lib -MCross Makefile.PL
to refer a cross-compilation that was created last time.
If you decided to build with fcrypt.c file, please refer to
README.win32 file, as long as all legal considerations and steps to do
are exactly same in this case.
All questions related to building for WinCE devices could be asked in
email@example.com mailing list.
The port for Win32 was used as a reference.
Rainer Keuchel (firstname.lastname@example.org) Vadim Konovalov (vkono-
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