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Win32 5.8 repository

by ajt (Prior)
on Nov 15, 2002 at 08:52 UTC ( #213092=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

The following was posted on the perl-xml mailing list by randy kobes:

With the beta release of ActivePerl-5.8, I've set up a Win32 repository at

which should be compatible. Right now this has a few mostly xml-related modules not available from

(which is already quite extensive). One can install these packages either as:

C:\> ppm install

or, from within the ppm shell, by setting the repository to

XML::LibXML, and friends, relies on XML::LibXML::Common, which contains a needed libxml2 dll. A post-install script should be run when installing this asking you where you want libxml2.dll placed, but if this doesn't work, you can grab XML-LibXML-Common.tar.gz from

and extract the dll from there.

Using this repository may not work with self-built perl-5.8s, as ActiveState sets the NAME of ARCHITECTURE in the ppd file to MSWin32-x86-multi-thread-5.8, to distinguish it from that of perl-5.6, which isn't binary compatible with 5.8. In such cases, what you could do is grab the .ppd and .tar.gz files, adjust the architecture name to match your own, and then adjust the path to the local .tar.gz file.

Please let me know if you have any problems using this repository, or if there's some package ActiveState doesn't yet have that would be nice to provide.


There have been discussions in the past about getting binary modules into a repository when AS don't have the module, so now is another chance...!


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Re: Win32 5.8 repository
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 19, 2002 at 15:53 UTC
    I am a newbie so please forgive my ignorance. I was unsuccessful in installing XML-LibXML-Common through the repository..thus I attempted your suggestion, but I'm confused. After unzipping the LibXML-Common.tar.gz there isnt a .ppd file. What .ppd file are you talking about? Where do I find my architecture name? I appreciate any help

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