Robert's Perl Tutorial

2. Installation

So you now have apixxxx.exe. If you forget where you saved it, don't panic, just run Windows Explorer and search for api*e.exe

  1. 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.
  2. Agree to the license agreement or cancel the install, stop this tutorial and deny yourself any hope of hackership.
  3. Destination directory is whatever you want. I usually install Perl in c:\progs\perl rather than 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. Your choice.
  4. 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.
  5. Select Options.
  6. IIS Options If you use IIS or PWS you'll have this screen -- just accept both options.
  7. Program Folder whatever your preference is. This is just a link to the documentation, to the perl.exe itself.
  8. Confirmation make sure that what is displayed is what you have selected...
  9. 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.
  10. Release notes. Well worth a read.
  11. Reboot! Just so the path statement takes effect. In any case, it is always good practice to reboot after a new install.