Discuss the Perl Package Manager (PPM) and other module installation methods

PPM 3.4 / DBI Installation issue

We are using Perl 5.8.8 and need to install the DBI communication package (Oracle 11G Enterprise DB). When I launch PPM and issue the Install DBI command I get " Error: No valid repositories: Error: 404 Not Found"

PPM - Programmer's Package Manager version 3.4.
Copyright (c) 2001 ActiveState Software Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Entering interactive shell. Using Term::ReadLine::Perl as readline library.

Type 'help' to get started.

ppm> Install DBI
Error: No valid repositories: Error: 404 Not Found

Firewall issue?

Is Perl 5.18 ppm access for Windows x86_64 only available for Business Edition users?

The Perl 5.18 documentation for ppm, http://docs.activestate.com/activeperl/5.18/faq/ActivePerl-faq2.html, says "Access to PPM repositories for Solaris and Windows x86_64 are available in Business Edition only." This is a note under the heading "Default Repository".

Is this really the case? I was able to install perl 5.18 and update perl modules via ppm.

Why is the MinGW64 module missing?

I am evaluating update from Perl 5.16.3 to Perl 5.18.2. Under Perl 5.16.3, I am able to use ppm to install MinGW64. Under Perl 5.18.2, I cannot. When I go to the ppm index site to search for the status of the module, the search says it is missing. http://code.activestate.com/ppm/MinGW64/

1. Why can't I see the status of the module MinGW64?
2. What is the true status of the module MinGW64?

ppm support for perl 5.18

Why isn't there a Perl 5.18 column for modules in ppm index?

For example, Switch, http://code.activestate.com/ppm/Switch/, has a column for Perl 5.8 through 5.16.

Installation question about the location of modules installed using ppm

Good morning.

I am fairly new to using Perl and so if my question is something I should know I ask for your patience.

I have installed Perl 5 using the install process that installs the Padre ide. A directory was created - Dwimperl.

When I use ppm to install a module i.e. Spreadsheet::Read for example, I can't find the install anywhere. Where does PPM install modules that are downloaded?

Thank you for any help or direction. I did search for an answer but was unable to find one.


ActivePerl 5.18 and packages LibXML and Log4Perl, when will these be available?

I have ActivePerl 5.18 installed (Win7 64bit) but the packages LibXML and Log4Perl are not listed as available in the PPM GUI. When can we expect these to be available?

autobundle feature


I've got a new pc and want to update my installation.
Also I switched from WinXP to Win 7. Therefore, all the binary packets have to upgrade.
What is the best way to upgrade and to keep hold of all my modules.
In CPAN there is the autobundle feature.


Installing PAR-Packer-1.017


I am trying to install the PAR-Packer module. It wasn't found in the repository, so I grabbed it from CPAN. I followed some instructions here (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8055063/how-to-install-pp-par-packager)...I question if they're good instructions.

After installing all the dependencies, I try a dmake and get the following errors:

Set up gcc environment - gcc.exe (rubenvb-4.5.4) 4.5.4
C:\MinGW\bin\g++.exe main.o ppresource.coff -s -L"C:\Perl64\lib\CORE" C:\Perl

Generating HTML lasts too long


ppm 4.17 stays in the state of

Generating HTML for xxx...
very long. In the Processexplorer, I see , that the tool accesses all(!)
xxx.pm in my Installation.
Is this mandatory?

Repositories are completely down?

Example URL, can't be found:


Says the server is non-existent. Shoot, trying to install some modules and it's a no-go.