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Inline-Support - Support Information for Inline.pm and related modules.


This document contains all of the latest support information for Inline.pm and the recognized Inline Language Support Modules (ILSMs) available on CPAN.


The most important language that Inline supports is C. That is because Perl itself is written in C. By giving a your Perl scripts access to C, you in effect give them access to the entire glorious internals of Perl. (Caveat scriptor :-)

As of this writing, Inline also supports:

 - C++
 - Python
 - CPR

Projects that I would most like to see happen in the year 2001 are:

 - Java
 - Fortran
 - Ruby
 - Bash

Note: Since many C compilers allow the use of assembly code within C, you may want to consider Assembly Language as supported. Ready to start scripting out new device drivers?


Inline::C should work anywhere that CPAN extension modules (those that use XS) can be installed, using the typical install format of:

    perl Makefile.PL
    make test
    make install

It has been tested on many Unix variants and Windows NT.

NOTE: Inline::C requires Perl 5.005 or higher because Parse::RecDescent requires it. (Something to do with the qr operator)

Inline has been tested on the following platforms:

 V#   OS      OS V#   Perl V# Human              Email 
 0.20 FreeBSD 3.4     5.00503 Timothy A Gregory  tgregory@tarjema.com      
 0.20 FreeBSD 4.0     5.00503 Timothy A Gregory  tgregory@tarjema.com      
 0.20 FreeBSD 4.0     5.6     Timothy A Gregory  tgregory@tarjema.com      
 0.20 Linux   2.0.36  5.00503 Prakasa Bellam     pbellam@cobaltgroup.com
 0.20 HPUX    B.10.20 5.00503 Jamie Shaffer      jshaffer@chronology.com
 0.20 SunOS   5.6     5.6.0   Jamie Shaffer      jshaffer@chronology.com
 0.20 SunOS   5.5.1   5.6.0   Jamie Shaffer      jshaffer@chronology.com
 0.22 OpenBSD 2.7     5.6.0   Jeremy Devenport   jeremy@weezel.com
 0.22 FreeBSD 3.1     5.00503 Doug Beaver        dougb@scalar.org
 0.25 Linux   2.2.13  5.00503 Brian Ingerson     ingy@cpan.org
 0.25 Linux   2.2.13  5.6     Brian Ingerson     ingy@cpan.org
 0.25 WinNT   4.0 sp6 5.00503 Brian Ingerson     ingy@cpan.org
 0.26 Cygwin  1.1.1   5.6.0   Leo Schalkwyk      L.Schalkwyk@iop.kcl.ac.uk
 0.26 AIX     4.3.3   5.00502 Norbert E. Gruener nog@MPA-Garching.MPG.DE
 0.26 BeOS    5.03Pro 5.00503 Daniel J. Berger   djberge@uswest.com

The Microsoft tests deserve a little more explanation. I used the following:

 Windows NT 4.0 (service pack 6)
 Perl 5.005_03 (ActiveState build 522)
 MS Visual C++ 6.0
 The "nmake" make utility (distributed w/ Visual C++)

Inline::C pulls all of its base configuration (including which make utility to use) from Config.pm. Since your MSWin32 version of Perl probably came from ActiveState (as a binary distribution) the Config.pm will indicate that nmake is the system's make utility. That is because ActiveState uses Visual C++ to compile Perl.

To install Inline.pm (or any other CPAN module) on MSWin32 w/ Visual C++, use these:

    perl Makefile.PL
    nmake test
    nmake install

The "Cygwin" test was done on a Windows 98 machine using the Cygwin Unix/Win32 porting layer software from Cygnus. The perl binary on this machine was also compiled using the Cygwin tool set (gcc). This software is freely available from http://sources.redhat.com/cygwin/

If Inline works on your platform, you can email me the info above. If it doesn't work, let me know as well and I'll see what can be done.


For general information about Inline see Inline.

For information about using Inline with C see Inline::C.

For sample programs using Inline with C see Inline::C-Cookbook.

For information on writing your own Inline Language Support Module, see Inline-API.

Inline's mailing list is inline@perl.org

To subscribe, send email to inline-subscribe@perl.org


Brian Ingerson <INGY@cpan.org>


Copyright (c) 2000, Brian Ingerson.

All Rights Reserved. This module is free software. It may be used, redistributed and/or modified under the terms of the Perl Artistic License.

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