The last few days I've repeatedly bonked my metaphorical pickaxe against the stone wall that is unpleasantly long build times and an endless stream of small mistakes in order to bring you MoarPerf in an AppImage.
AppImage is a format for linux programs that allows programs to be distributed as a single executable file without a separate install process.
With the MoarPerf AppImage I don't have to worry about this at all any more! That's pretty nice.
AppImages for Everyone!
With an AppImage created for MoarPerf it was not too much work to make an AppImage for Rakudo without a built-in application.
The next step is, of course, to pack everything up nicely to create a one-or-two-click solution to build AppImages for any script that you may be interested in running.
There has also already been a module that creates a windows installer for a Raku program by installing a custom MoarVM/nqp/Rakudo into a pre-determined path (a limitation from back when Rakudo wasn't relocatable yet), and maybe I should offer an installer like this for windows users, too? The AppImage works much like this, too, except it already makes use of the work that made Rakudo relocatable, so it doesn't need to run in a pre-defined path.
If you want to give building AppImages a try as well, feel free to steal everything from the rakudo-appimage repository, and have a look at the
.travis.yml and the
appimage folder in the moarperf repo!
In any case, I would love to hear from people, whether the AppImages for Rakudo and MoarPerf work on their machines, and what modules/apps they would like to have in an AppImage. Feel free to message me on twitter, write to the Raku users mailing list, or find me on freenode as
Thanks for reading, stay safe, and see y'all later!