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Re^2: porting a script to windows

by secret (Beadle)
on Dec 13, 2005 at 14:30 UTC ( #516317=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: porting a script to windows
in thread porting a script to windows

The biggest pain in moving to Win32 is that with the most popular Perl distribution (from ActiveState), there's no CPAN support out of the box

Uh ? What do you mean ? I have the standard activestate and when i type cpan (aliased to ppm) at the cmd prompt i have a cpan tool that allows me to install modules, with dependancies resolution and all :)

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Re: porting a script to windows
by jonadab (Parson) on Dec 18, 2005 at 14:08 UTC

    ppm does not constitute CPAN support. It does provide for (some, limited) module installation, but what it provides is only comparable to what is available for other languages, like Java or Python; it is not full CPAN support. Many modules are not available at all, and those that are available are usually rather badly out of date.

    This is not entirely ActiveState's fault. They had to make bricks out of straw to provide anything at all for module installation, due to a marked paucity on the host operating system of the sorts of facilities that are normally expected on a POSIX system (e.g., make).

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