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Win32 Perl Programming: The Standard Extensions, Second Edition by Dave Roth

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Installing Perl

The ActivePerl zip-file-based distribution can be used to manually install Perl, but it requires some configuring on the administrator’s part. Configurations include modifying the %PATH% environment variable, associating the .pl file extension with the Perl executable and registering the various COM-based Perl components (such as the PerlScript Windows Shell Host engine).

ActivePerl’s Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) package is designed to work with Windows machines that have the MSI installer services (such as Windows ME, Windows 2000, and older versions with MSI services installed). This automates installing Perl, registering system components, modifying environment variables, and any other modifications that need to be made. ...

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