This wiki page describes the Perl environment on the Maemo Platform

Because Maemo is based on debian, and because perl is such a big part of the debian OS, Maemo contains a full-blown Perl platform. This page is designed to document and describe this environment so that developers can take advantage of it when programming on the Maemo platform.

The current perl in the N900 is 5.8.3.

One caveat of perl development on the N900 is that there is a fuller perl distribution in the SDK than on the device. This means not just that there are fewer modules on the device, it means that rather fundamental perl modules are missing form the normal debian version of perl on the device. This is done to save space; the device itself is embedded linux, so as much room as possible is saved for only necessary tools.

You will find it difficult to build perl modules on the device if you don not add the necessary perl tools, namely perl and perl-modules.

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