Perl 5 version 12.4 documentation
- Building Perl for WinCE
- Using Perl on WinCE
- History of WinCE port
perlce - Perl for WinCE
Building 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 is distributed.
General explanations on cross-compiling WinCE
miniperlis built. This is a single executable (without DLL), intended to run on Win32, and it will facilitate remaining build process; all binaries built after it are foreign and should not run locally.
miniperlis built using
./win32/Makefile; this is part of normal build process invoked as dependency from wince/Makefile.ce
configpmis invoked to create right
Config.pmin right place and its corresponding Cross.pm.
Unlike Win32 build, miniperl will not have
Config.pmof host within reach; it rather will use
Config.pmfrom within cross-compilation directories.
Cross.pmis dead simple: for given cross-architecture places in @INC a path where perl modules are, and right
Config.pmin that place.
miniperl -Ilib -MConfig -we 1should report an error, because it can not find
Config.pm. If it does not give an error -- wrong
Config.pmis substituted, and resulting binaries will be a mess.
miniperl -MCross -MConfig -we 1should run okay, and it will provide right
Config.pmfor further compilations.
During extensions build phase, a script
./win32/buldext.plis invoked, which in turn steps in
./extsubdirectories and performs a build of each extension in turn.
All invokes of
Makefile.PLare provided with
-MCrossso to enable cross- compile.
This section describes the steps to be performed to build PerlCE. You may find additional information about building perl for WinCE at http://perlce.sourceforge.net and some pre-built binaries.
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 at http://www.rainer-keuchel.de/wince/dirlist.html
Normally you only need to edit
to reflect your system and run it.
is actually a wrapper to call
nmake -f makefile.ce
with appropriate parameters and it accepts extra
parameters and forwards them to
command as additional
arguments. You should pass target this way.
To prepare distribution you need to do following:
- go to
- edit file
- run compile.bat
- run compile.bat dist
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
has proper "MACHINE" parameter set, to, say,
- compile.bat dist
- 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 independent
prepares distribution file set. Target
but additionally compresses distribution files into zip
NOTE: during a build there could be created a number (or one) of
for cross-compilation ("foreign"
) and those are hidden inside
with other auxilary files, but, and this is important to
note, there should be no
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 command line should
- ..\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.
All questions related to building for WinCE devices could be asked in email@example.com mailing list.
Using Perl on WinCE
PerlCE is currently linked with a simple console window, so it also works on non-hpc devices.
The simple stdio implementation creates the files
, so you might examine them if your
console has only a liminted number of cols.
When exitcode is non-zero, a message box appears, otherwise the console closes, so you might have to catch an exit with status 0 in your program to see any output.
stdout/stderr now go into the files
PerlIDE is handy to deal with perlce.
No fork(), pipe(), popen() etc.
All environment vars must be stored in HKLM\Environment as strings. They are read at process startup.
Usual perl lib path (semi-list).
Semi-list for executables.
- Root for accessing some special files, i.e.
- Rows/cols for console.
- Home directory.
- Size for console font.
You can set these with cereg.exe, a (remote) registry editor or via the PerlIDE.
To start perl by clicking on a perl source file, you have
to make the according entries in HKCR (see
cereg.exe (which must be executed on a desktop pc with
ActiveSync) is reported not to work on some devices.
You have to create the registry entries by hand using a
The following Win32-Methods are built-in:
- newXS("Win32::GetCwd", w32_GetCwd, file);
- newXS("Win32::SetCwd", w32_SetCwd, file);
- newXS("Win32::GetTickCount", w32_GetTickCount, file);
- newXS("Win32::GetOSVersion", w32_GetOSVersion, file);
- newXS("Win32::IsWinNT", w32_IsWinNT, file);
- newXS("Win32::IsWin95", w32_IsWin95, file);
- newXS("Win32::IsWinCE", w32_IsWinCE, file);
- newXS("Win32::CopyFile", w32_CopyFile, file);
- newXS("Win32::Sleep", w32_Sleep, file);
- newXS("Win32::MessageBox", w32_MessageBox, file);
- newXS("Win32::GetPowerStatus", w32_GetPowerStatus, file);
- newXS("Win32::GetOemInfo", w32_GetOemInfo, file);
- newXS("Win32::ShellEx", w32_ShellEx, file);
Opening files for read-write is currently not supported if they use stdio (normal perl file handles).
If you find bugs or if it does not work at all on your device, send mail to the address below. Please report the details of your device (processor, ceversion, devicetype (hpc/palm/pocket)) and the date of the downloaded files.
Currently installation instructions are at http://perlce.sourceforge.net/.
After installation & testing processes will stabilize, information will be more precise.
The port for Win32 was used as a reference.
History of WinCE port
Initial port of perl to WinCE. It was performed in separate directory
. This port was based on contents of
was not built, user must have HOST perl and properly edit
to reflect this.
wince port was kept in the same
was used to invoke native compiler to create HOST miniperl, which then
facilitates cross-compiling process.
Extension building support was added.
were merged, so perlce build
process comes in
- Rainer Keuchel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
provided initial port of Perl, which appears to be most essential work, as it was a breakthrough on having Perl ported at all. Many thanks and obligations to Rainer!
- Vadim Konovalov
made further support of WinCE port.