Problem accessing through PPM

Posted by nlebouthillier on 2013-03-06 09:56
Forums: PPM | OS: Windows 7

Is there an issue with I'm trying to access the database using PPM and I get a 401 Unauthorized.

I have no issues through a web browser.

C:\Users\ned_lebouthillier>ppm repo
? id ? pkgs ? name ?
? 1 ? 0 ? ActiveState Package Repository ?
(1 enabled repository)

C:\Users\ned_lebouthillier>ppm repo describe 1
Id: 1
Name: ActiveState Package Repository
Enabled: yes
Last-Status: 401 Unauthorized
Last-Access: 10 minutes ago

C:\Users\ned_lebouthillier>ppm repo sync 1
Downloading ActiveState Package Repository packlist...failed 401 Unauthorized

The GUI version does not work either.

What could be the cause of this?


evel | Mon, 2013-03-11 07:17

try using the CPAN shell

If you require a module that is not available via ppm, or you require a more recent version, you can build the module from CPAN sources. The CPAN shell is a command-line interface for fetching and building modules directly from CPAN archives. To run it, enter the following command:


Building modules from source requires the following components:


Microsoft's nmake, which is available from:;en-us;Q132084, or dmake, which is available from
a C compiler (not required for 100% pure perl modules). Supported compilers are MicroSoft Visual C/C++ 6.0 and MinGW (gcc)

ActiveState Staff
Mon, 2013-03-11 10:55

Your problem was happening on a day when the site was heavily loaded by first day download traffic from the Komodo 8 release. On that day, our authentication infrastructure was lagging enough that we did see some timeouts. The repository for 5.16 should be working normally now.

tonyodonoghue | Tue, 2013-03-12 21:03

Can someone help!! Please

A few months ago I was able to download the package Image Size via PPM , now when I download via PPM I get unauthorized Access. I'm not using a http proxy.

ActiveState Staff
Thu, 2013-03-14 09:30

If you are using a different Perl, please see the FAQ at: