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A common complaint in the Windows environment is that some modules require a C compiler (and in some cases, extra libraries) in order to build and install. ActivePerl provides pre-built ppm packages to work around this, but updated versions can often take a while to be available after a new CPAN release.

Untested, but there's a newish (Sept 05) PXPerl open source installer for Windows which also looks to include Pugs and Parrot binaries. There's some discussion on the forums re: bundling a C compiler and making this a useful alternative to ActivePerl and ppm packages (e.g. an "all in one" perl installer for Windows, including C compiler and tools to build packages directly from CPAN).

Stennie 23:00, 20 January 2006 (EST)

Coincidentally, there was a recent challenge to come up with a "just works" Perl and GCC install for Windows .. so there is a new CamelPack installer to try: http://stennie.org/camelpack/

Stennie 14:08, 27 January 2006 (EST)

PXPerl Tips

Cygwin compiler does not work -- so use true MinGW or MS (or Intel). Refer to the PxPerl FAQ

Alec (talk) 09:36, 21 January 2006 (EST)

However if you change compiler as suggested by the FAQ then it fails as described here. A patch is supplied, however if you are lazy then you can remove PxPerl and reinstall it to fix it.

Alec (talk) 21:31, 21 January 2006 (EST)