in reply to Modules in the Windows environment
To use modules under ActiveState Perl for Windows, the easiest was is to use the PPM (Perl Package Manager) program supplied with AS Perl.
To ensure it works correctly and to its maximum potential, you really need to define additional PPM respositories (places where PPM modules are stored on the web, ODP has a little list, but what follows is a long list of other PPMs that I've 'discovered'), here's a quick step through:
Go to Start->Run and enter either 'command.com' or 'cmd' dependent on your Windows version. You should then get a nice black command window (a la DOS), which you should enter the following:
c:/> ppm PPM> set repository DevelopHelp http://ppd.develop-help.com/ppd/ PPM> set repository Roth http://www.roth.net/perl/packages/ PPM> set repository PTK http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/~ach/ptk/ppm/ PPM> set repository Theory http://theoryx5.uwinnipeg.ca/ppmpackages/ PPM> set repository Dada http://dada.perl.it/PPM PPM> set repository Jenda http://jenda.krynicky.cz/perl PPM> set repository rto http://rto.dk/packages/ PPM> set repository OpenInteract http://openinteract.sourceforge.net/p +pmpackages/ PPM> set repository GA http://ppm.gingerall.cz PPM> set repository EPN http://www.epn.ml.org/~spurkis/Agent/repositor +y PPM> set repository JMC http://homepage.eircom.net/~jmcnamara/perl PPM> set save PPM> quit
Then when you want to install a module (for example DBI), you just need to do:
c:/> ppm PPM> search DBI PPM> install DBI PPM> quit
It really is that simple (you don't even need the search line - but its nice to do it like that as then you see if there are likely to be any other packages which may be of assistance: try search for 'sql' for example!).