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I don't have PPM, how can I install a package?

by PodMaster (Abbot)
on May 25, 2003 at 11:06 UTC ( #260683=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to A Guide to Installing Modules

Acquire PPM, or (if you insist), follow these instructions.

First, make sure you're downloading the right package (one intended for your version of perl), and then simply download it (ex: WWW-Curl.tar.gz).
Then, uncompress it so now you have a blib directory in your current working directory, and then execute

     perl -MExtUtils::Install -e install_default WWW/Curl
and voila. It's what PPM basically does.

BE AWARE that the .ppd file may contain instructions to download extra files needed for install, which are not packaged with the tarball (like libcurl.dll, libeay32.dll, ssleay32.dll). You'll have to examine the .ppd file to make sure.

If you look at WWW-Curl.ppd you'll see a reference to install_libcurl.

PPM would download this file and attempt to execute it.
install_libcurl would check for the existence of specified files in your path, and prompt you whether to install them if they're not found.

If you want autogenerated html docs (my packages generally don't include these), simply execute

    perl -MActivePerl::DocTools -e ActivePerl::DocTools::WriteTOC()
or (the one I prefer)
    perl -MPod::Master -e Update
You can acquire Pod::Master from perlmonks.org here.

MJD says "you can't just make shit up and expect the computer to know what you mean, retardo!"
I run a Win32 PPM repository for perl 5.6.x and 5.8.x -- I take requests (README).
** The third rule of perl club is a statement of fact: pod is sexy.


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