ActivePerl is a quality-assured binary build of Perl, available for AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris and Windows.
The complete ActivePerl Package contains:
- Perl - binary of core perl distribution
- Complete Online documentation
The Windows version also includes:
- Perl for ISAPI - an IIS plug-in that makes Perl CGI scripts run faster
- PerlEz - Embedded Perl
Running Perl scripts from the command line
To run your Perl scripts, enter the following command at the command prompt:
perl -w yourscriptname.pl
yourscriptname.pl is the name of the script you want to
run. If you are using Windows and have associated the extension of the file
with Perl, typing
yourscriptname.pl (that is, without calling
perl first) will also launch the script.
/eg directory of your Perl install there is a sample
example.pl. To run it, launch a console window
(command prompt), navigate to the
/eg directory, and type:
You should see:
"Hello from ActivePerl!"
If you do, you have successfully installed ActivePerl! If not, there's
something wrong with your installation. Check to make sure that your PATH
environment variable includes the directories to which you installed the
Perl core binaries. You can type
set at the command prompt to see
what's in your Path. If you chose the defaults during the install, these should
be set to the correct values for you when you start a new command prompt
window. If you continue to have problems, refer to the
perl -h will print a screen of all
of the available command line options.
ActivePerl includes a collection of Frequently Asked Questions about ActivePerl. The FAQ is a valuable source of distilled information about using Perl. It is a must read!
The Perl FAQ, which is also included in the ActivePerl documentation, answers many questions regarding the use of Perl.
Search the ActivePerl mailing list archives for information about your problem. Check to see if your question has already been answered in the FAQs or documentation before posting.
See More Resources for additional sources of information.