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ActivePerl includes the core Perl documentation, the Perl FAQ, and the ActivePerl User Guide (which contains information specific to ActivePerl, such as the Release Notes and ActivePerl component documentation).

The ActivePerl User Guide is provided in HTML format; using a web browser, load the file html/index.html to view the document set. The ActivePerl User Guide includes the following information:

  • information specific to ActivePerl (such as the Release Notes)
  • documentation for ActivePerl components (such as the Perl Package Manager
  • documentation for the Perl core, Perl pragmas, and Perl modules that are included with ActivePerl

When you add packages to your Perl installation using the Perl Package Manager, the ActivePerl User Guide is updated with the documentation contained in the new modules.

Perl documentation can also be accessed from the command line, using the perldoc command. For example:

perldoc module.pm

...will display the embedded documentation for the specified module.


For installation-related support issues, check the ActivePerl Mailing List archives. If you do not find the answer to your problem, contact support@ActiveState.com for installation assistance.

Please submit bug reports and enhancement requests via the ActivePerl Bug Database. All bug reports should be accompanied by one or more concrete examples that will help us reproduce the problem. Include all relevant information that you think will help us recreate the particular environment in which the bug was observed. Remember, if we cannot reproduce the problem, we cannot fix it!

Commercial Support

ActiveState Professional Services provides customized support for applications and internals.

PerlDirect is a corporate support solution for Perl. PerlDirect provides the comprehensive support that an enterprise needs to deploy Perl in mission-critical applications.

More Perl Resources

Internet Web sites

ASPN, the ActiveState Programmer Network

ActiveState Professional Services

The O'Reilly Perl Resource Center

Perl Mongers

Use Perl;

The Perl Language Home Page

Usenet Newsgroups

Usenet newsgroups are another good source of information and advice regarding Perl. Please consult your system administrator or Internet service provider for availability of the following groups:





There are also some non-English Perl related newsgroups:







Books on Perl

    The following books published by O'Reilly & Associates are useful additions to any Perl aficionado's bookcase:

      Srinivasan, Sriram. Advanced Perl Programming

      Gundavaram, Shishir. CGI Programming on the World Wide Web

      Schwartz, Randal L., Erik Olson & Tom Christiansen. Learning Perl on Win32 Systems

      Schwartz, Randal L. & Tom Christiansen, foreword by Larry Wall. Learning Perl, 2nd Edition

      Friedl, Jeffrey E. F. Mastering Regular Expressions: Powerful Techniques for Perl and Other Tools

      Vromans, Johan. Perl 5 Desktop Reference

      Christiansen, Tom & Nathan Torkington. Perl Cookbook

      Wall, Larry, Tom Christiansen & Randal L. Schwartz. Programming Perl, 2nd Edition

      Wong, Clinton. Web Client Programming with Perl: Automating Tasks on the Web