ActivePerl-faq1 - Availability and Installation
Getting, installing, and using Perl.
Perl is a scripting language widely used for system administration and programming on the World Wide Web. It originated in the UNIX community and has a strong UNIX slant, but usage on Windows has grown rapidly. ActivePerl is a quality-assured binary distribution of Perl for popular UNIX platforms and Windows.
perl (small 'p') is the program used to interpret the Perl language.
Extensive online documentation is included with Perl itself. You can read
the documentation with the
perldoc command, as in
document_name. You should start with the
perlfaq document. For information on other ways of
accessing the Perl documentation (including HTML versions of this
documentation), see Where can I get
documentation on ActivePerl?.
To get more information about Perl, check out these URLs:
http://www.ActiveState.com - The ActiveState Home Page.
http://www.perl.com - The Perl home page.
http://dir.yahoo.com/Computers_and_Internet/Programming_and_Development/Languages/Perl/ - The Yahoo Perl page.
There are several good books about Perl. The premier book on ActivePerl for Windows is Learning Perl On Win32 Systems By Schwartz, Olson, and Christiansen (O'Reilly & Associates, 1997). This is the Gecko book, and has a picture of a gecko (little chubby lizard with big toes and a smile) on the front cover.
For general perl, two books to consider are Programming Perl, 3rd Edition, by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen and Randal L. Schwartz (O'Reilly & Associates, 1996) and Learning Perl, 3rd Edition, by Randal L. Schwartz (O'Reilly & Associates, 1993). These are referred to by Perl enthusiasts as the Camel book and the Llama book, respectively.
If you are new to Perl and there are any terms mentioned in this FAQ that you don't get, try one of the above resources. See the perlbook document that comes with Perl for more information.
ActivePerl is available for download from ActiveState:
Redistribution of ActivePerl requires OEM Licensing.
The two most recent stable releases are available for free download. This corresponds to the Perl community's own version support policy.
Whenever the underlying Perl version becomes "unsupported" by the Perl community itself, support for the corresponding ActivePerl versions will be limited to Business Edition and Enterprise Edition customers.
You can continue to use older ActivePerl releases indefinitely under the terms of the Community Edition license, but won't be able to download the installers from ActiveState.
The PPM repositories for unsupported ActivePerl releases will remain freely accessible for at least 6 months after support ends, but will no longer be updated with new builds from CPAN.
ActivePerl is a complete, self-installing distribution of Perl based on the standard Perl sources. It is distributed online at the ActiveState site.
"Perl for Win32" generally refers to ActivePerl for Windows.
For complete installation information, see the ActivePerl Installation Guide.
The Perl source code includes complete instructions on building Perl. You can obtain the latest Perl source from:
Once you extract the source, read the README file for instructions on compiling Perl.
This FAQ was originally assembled and maintained by Evangelo Prodromou. It has been revised and updated by Brian Jepson of O'Reilly & Associates, David Grove, David Dmytryshyn, David Sparks and Michael Smith of ActiveState.
This FAQ is in the public domain. If you use it, however, please ensure that you give credit to the original authors.
ActivePerl FAQ - Availability and Installation