FAQ 2.3 I don't have a C compiler. How can I build my own Perl interpreter?

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2.3: I don't have a C compiler. How can I build my own Perl interpreter?

    Since you don't have a C compiler, you're doomed and your vendor should
    be sacrificed to the Sun gods. But that doesn't help you.

    What you need to do is get a binary version of "gcc" for your system
    first. Consult the Usenet FAQs for your operating system for information
    on where to get such a binary version.

    You might look around the net for a pre-built binary of Perl (or a C
    compiler!) that meets your needs, though:

    For Windows, Vanilla Perl ( http://vanillaperl.com/ ) and Strawberry
    Perl ( http://strawberryperl.com/ ) come with a bundled C compiler.
    ActivePerl is a pre-compiled version of Perl ready-to-use.

    For Sun systems, SunFreeware.com provides binaries of most popular
    applications, including compilers and Perl.


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