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Installing Perl Modules on a PC?

by Spidy (Chaplain)
on Aug 04, 2005 at 01:13 UTC ( [id://480669]=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Spidy has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I'm at a friend's house for the next week or so, and I've put ActivePerl on his computer, and am now trying to install most of the modules I have installed back home. I've been trying to install the Term::ReadKey module, with no luck as of yet. Using the PPM that came with ActivePerl, installation fails. Using nmake and the directions outlined on the CPAN and various other sites, installation still fails. I'm beginning to run out of ideas for how to do this, does anyone know how?


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Re: Installing Perl Modules on a PC?
by gube (Parson) on Aug 04, 2005 at 01:39 UTC
Re: Installing Perl Modules on a PC?
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 04, 2005 at 02:29 UTC
Re: Installing Perl Modules on a PC?
by rvosa (Curate) on Aug 04, 2005 at 01:47 UTC
    Is it the __ftol2 call that fails? Maybe it works if you change the makefile to include the /QIfist switch.

      Er, sorry, what __ftol2? There ain't nothing of the sort in Term::ReadKey


Re: Installing Perl Modules on a PC?
by gellyfish (Monsignor) on Aug 04, 2005 at 08:04 UTC

    Bear in mind that the package name of Term::ReadKey is TermReadKey.


      Parent is 100% correct.

      From the command line, write.

      ppm install TermReadKey

      That's it!

      Odd Man In: Guns and Game Theory

Re: Installing Perl Modules on a PC?
by holli (Abbot) on Aug 04, 2005 at 07:33 UTC
    If you just want to clone your home installation, copy the perl/html, perl/lib and perl/site/lib directories on your usb stick and from there over the fresh installation.

    holli, /regexed monk/
      I'm not really sure what the level of expertise/confidence with perl of the OP is, but to be safe it may be worth to remind him that if the modules to install comprise binary ones, then the two versions of Perl must be the same. Who knows? Maybe he has 5.6.1 at home and has installed 5.8.7 at his friend's...
Re: Installing Perl Modules on a PC?
by rjsaulakh (Beadle) on Aug 04, 2005 at 08:56 UTC

    I dont know how will u like my reply but i have tried this way once i find it difficult to install modules by standard methods

    what you can do is download the module copy nmake and nmake.err files into the module folder (after unzipping ) then type perl , nmake , nmake test , nmake intall

    please let me know if that helps u

      This wont help with Term::ReadKey unless you have exactly the same version of the C compiler that was used to compile your Perl - see previous discussions on here, cpan testers and p5p in the past on this matter.


Re: Installing Perl Modules on a PC?
by hawtin (Prior) on Aug 04, 2005 at 14:00 UTC

    I had to do this today (new laptop running XP rather than Win 2000). Previously I had a 5.6 but I decided to move up to 5.8. What I found was that I needed to also set an environment variable to get Term::ReadKey to work for me. I set TERM to dumb in the System control panel and everything seems to be working again.

      I'd be surprised by this, Term::ReadKey itself does not reference $ENV{TERM} at all and uses a lower level device interface (POSIX termios mostly, but the Console interface on windows) that doesn't need to know what the terminal type is, particularly on Windows where there is no real notion of varying terminal types. I can only assume that you are also using some other module that does care about the terminal type.

      Of course if you are convinced of this I would love for you to send me some test code that demonstrates this so I can work out what is going on and fix it.


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