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Perl installation help

by Anonymous Monk
on Jan 08, 2013 at 01:26 UTC ( #1012137=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Anonymous Monk has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I need help installing perl on windows 8i cant get strawberry perl or active state perl to work apparently it cant run msi's or use strawberry perls zip's is there a way to get perl for windows 8

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Re: Perl installation help
by davido (Cardinal) on Jan 08, 2013 at 01:40 UTC

    ...or to put it kindly: We would need more information on what process you're following to install Perl, and on what errors you're seeing before we could weigh in on what needs to be done to get it installed in your case. I see nothing in the perl POD, nor on the Strawberry site that suggests Windows 8 is particularly problematic, but if we knew what problems you're experiencing we might be able to walk you through those steps that you are having difficulty with.


      False hope is worse than death!!! 8-[
        Is 8-[ the new symbol for Windows 8?
Re: Perl installation help
by dasgar (Priest) on Jan 08, 2013 at 03:30 UTC

    I personally have not looked into Windows 8 yet.

    Looking at Strawberry Perl's release page, it notes the following about the Zip edition: "admin privileges not required, however you need to run some post-install scripts manually after unzip"

    You might want to try the portable zip edition, which is described as "suitable for "perl on USB stick" (you can move/rename the perl directory and it will still work)".

Re: Perl installation help
by frozenwithjoy (Priest) on Jan 08, 2013 at 01:57 UTC
    Is your computer's power on?
Re: Perl installation help
by Anonymous Monk on Jan 08, 2013 at 01:29 UTC
    no! you clearly demonstrated what you tried with which versions you downloaded and showed us the error messages. we can only come to one conclusion: there is no way! :(
Re: Perl installation help
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on Jan 08, 2013 at 13:46 UTC
        is there a way to get perl for windows 8

    Yes. But this is not a Windows forum.

    You might want to neighbor with your system admin type. You haven't provided many clues as to why this isn't working for you but I'm going out on a limb here and saying that it may have to do with your system being locked down. A lot of enterprises do that sort of thing.

    I have both Active Perl and Cygwin/X (comes with Perl) installed on my work laptop. I hardly ever use Active Perl but I use the Perl that comes with Cygwin/X constantly. Something to consider. Not sure what your goal is in terms of installing Perl under Winbloze but....

    Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
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Re: Perl installation help
by webfiend (Vicar) on Jan 08, 2013 at 16:01 UTC

    A few questions for clarification:

    • Which Windows 8? (RT vs. Pro, 32 vs. 64 bit)
    • Which Perl? Okay, you already mentioned Strawberry and ActivePerl. Which version of Perl? (5.16? 5.14? 5.003?)
    • How have you confirmed that Perl installation fails? (perl --version from PowerShell, writing and double clicking a script, ...?)

    For what it's worth, I have ActivePerl 5.16 happily installed on a Windows 8 Pro partition at home. All I did was run the installer. I needed to log out and back in before the path changes were applied, but once I did that perl --version in PowerShell gave me the expected response.

      I have window 8 pro version. here i want to install perl. i have tried for strawberry(5.18.1) and active(5.16) perl both per unable to instal it on my window 8. every time this error comes : this installer pkg could not be opened and contact to the application vendor that it is a valid window installer. will u plz help me out

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