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ext::B::B::C(3p) Perl Programmers Reference Guideext::B::B::C(3p)

       B::C - Perl compiler's C backend

               perl -MO=C[,OPTIONS] foo.pl

       This compiler backend takes Perl source and generates C
       source code corresponding to the internal structures that
       perl uses to run your program. When the generated C source
       is compiled and run, it cuts out the time which perl would
       have taken to load and parse your program into its inter-
       nal semi-compiled form. That means that compiling with
       this backend will not help improve the runtime execution
       speed of your program but may improve the start-up time.
       Depending on the environment in which your program runs
       this may be either a help or a hindrance.

       If there are any non-option arguments, they are taken to
       be names of objects to be saved (probably doesn't work
       properly yet).  Without extra arguments, it saves the main

           Output to filename instead of STDOUT

       -v  Verbose compilation (currently gives a few compilation

       --  Force end of options

           Force apparently unused subs from package Packname to
           be compiled.  This allows programs to use eval "foo()"
           even when sub foo is never seen to be used at compile
           time. The down side is that any subs which really are
           never used also have code generated. This option is
           necessary, for example, if you have a signal handler
           foo which you initialise with "$SIG{BAR} = "foo"".  A
           better fix, though, is just to change it to "$SIG{BAR}
           = \&foo". You can have multiple -u options. The com-
           piler tries to figure out which packages may possibly
           have subs in which need compiling but the current ver-
           sion doesn't do it very well. In particular, it is
           confused by nested packages (i.e.  of the form "A::B")
           where package "A" does not contain any subs.

       -D  Debug options (concatenated or separate flags like
           "perl -D").

       -Do OPs, prints each OP as it's processed

       -Dc COPs, prints COPs as processed (incl. file & line num)

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       -DA prints AV information on saving

       -DC prints CV information on saving

       -DM prints MAGIC information on saving

       -f  Force options/optimisations on or off one at a time.
           You can explicitly disable an option using
           -fno-option. All options default to disabled.

               Copy-on-grow: PVs declared and initialised stati-

               Save package::DATA filehandles ( only available
               with PerlIO ).

               Optimize the initialization of op_ppaddr.

               Optimize the initialization of cop_warnings.

               Use the script name instead of the program name as

               Save compile-time modifications to the %SIG hash.

       -On Optimisation level (n = 0, 1, 2, ...). -O means -O1.

           -O0 Disable all optimizations.

           -O1 Enable -fcog.

           -O2 Enable -fppaddr, -fwarn-sv.

           Some C compilers impose an arbitrary limit on the
           length of string constants (e.g. 2048 characters for
           Microsoft Visual C++).  The -llimit options tells the
           C backend not to generate string literals exceeding
           that limit.

           perl -MO=C,-ofoo.c foo.pl
           perl cc_harness -o foo foo.c

       Note that "cc_harness" lives in the "B" subdirectory of
       your perl library directory. The utility called "perlcc"
       may also be used to help make use of this compiler.

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           perl -MO=C,-v,-DcA,-l2048 bar.pl > /dev/null

       Plenty. Current status: experimental.

       Malcolm Beattie, "mbeattieATsable.uk"

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