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After installing the latest ActivePerl 5.12.x, I tried the command cpan -h This immediately started the process of installing MinGW and dmake. This unexpected action was unnerving, and I killed the attempt. I do plan to install MinGW on my own, and tried to find out what MinGW cpan wanted to install, and about potential conflicts, duplication, etc. I might run into when I installed the regular MinGW.

The commands ppm search mingw and ppm search dmake provides links and but both links are broken.

I found two documentations for cpan (cpan - easily interact with CPAN from the command line and CPAN - query, download and build perl modules from CPAN sites) but neither documentation mentions MinGW and dmake and why a request for help immediately starts a download and install process.


  1. What is the MinGW- and dmake that cpan wants to install?
  2. Since I plan to install MinGW on my own, should I do so before running cpan or are the two MinGWs different?
  3. The MinGW I install will have make; will cpan still want to install dmake?
  4. Regarding the broken links provided by ppm, what is the proper links?


In reply to The MinGW and dmake cpan starts to install by sg

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