Robert's Perl Tutorial
So you now have
apixxxx.exe. If you forget where you saved it, don't
panic, just run Windows Explorer and search for
- Double-click the
apixxxx.exe. You'll see the fantastic ActivePerl
graphic and be advised to close all open applications before proceeding. The lizard thing
is a gecko, which adorns the famous O'Reilly book "Learning Perl on Win32
Systems". This tutorial is aimed at a more basic level than that book, in terms of
the author's knowledge, intended audience and quality of humour.
- Agree to the license agreement or cancel the install, stop this tutorial and deny
yourself any hope of hackership.
- Destination directory is whatever you want. I usually install Perl in
c:\program files\perl because many Win32 programs don't properly
handle long filenames, let alone those with spaces in. Or you could accept the default.
- Select Components. All you'll need for this tutorial is "Perl for Win32
Core", but installing the "Online Help and Documentation" and "Example
Files" is highly recommended. If you run Internet Information Server (IIS) 3 or
later, or Personal Web Server (PWS), then install "Perl for ISAPI" and
"PerlScript" too, although don't try either of these until you are proficient
with the basics. The phrase running before walking comes to mind.
- Select Options.
- "Associate '.pl' with Perl.exe". If you select this option then you can
just type in the name of a script at the command line, or double-click it and the script
will run. If you don't, then in order to get a script to execute you'll need to type:
myscript.pl. Personally, I prefer double-clicking to allow me to
edit the file so I do not select this option. Also, perl has a plethora of command line
arguments which are difficult to pass to a script if you run it by association. For the
purposes of this tutorial I'm assuming that you haven't associated
- "Add the Perl bin directory to your path". Do this, otherwise you'll
have to specify the full path to perl.exe every time you use it. Not fun.
- "Standard I/O redirection for IIS". If you run IIS or PWS, select this.
It is a Good Thing. Understand it later.
- IIS Options If you use IIS or PWS you'll have this screen -- just accept both
- Program Folder whatever your preference is. This is just a link to the
documentation, to the perl.exe itself.
- Confirmation make sure that what is displayed is what you have selected...
- The install program will now copy files. At the end it will run a few perl scripts
itself, which briefly appear as DOS boxes. Don't worry, it is all quite normal.
- Release notes. Well worth a read.
- Reboot! Just so the path statement takes effect. In any case, it is always good
practice to reboot after a new install.