ppm install failed : 401 Authorization Required!

Posted by Kranti.Pusalkar@spirent.com on 2013-05-14 14:48
Forums: PPM | OS: Windows


I am trying to download the Win32::API module via ppm using the command 'ppm install Win32::API' at the command prompt of my Windows XP virtual machine. I get the following error:

'C:\..\0.0.1>ppm install Win32::API
Downloading Win32-API-0.64...redirect
Downloading Win32-API-0.64...failed 401 Authorization Required
ppm install failed: 401 Authorization Required'

My Perl version printout is as follows:

'C:\..\0.0.1>perl -v

This is perl, v5.10.0 built for MSWin32-x86-multi-thread
(with 1 registered patch, see perl -V for more detail)

Copyright 1987-2007, Larry Wall

Binary build 1001 [283495] provided by ActiveState http://www.ActiveState.com
Built Dec 18 2007 08:46:15

Perl may be copied only under the terms of either the Artistic License or the
GNU General Public License, which may be found in the Perl 5 source kit.

Complete documentation for Perl, including FAQ lists, should be found on
this system using "man perl" or "perldoc perl". If you have access to the
Internet, point your browser at http://www.perl.org/, the Perl Home Page.

I looked up on your site and it asked me to buy the Business edition license of Active Perl to support older Perl versions and so I did. I got the license installer and also installed it on the XP virtual machine. However, inspite of all that I still get the 401 Authorization required error when I try to issue the 'ppm install Win32::API' package - what am I doing incorrectly?

Please response ASAP as I am in a dire need of this.


ActiveState Staff
Wed, 2013-05-15 15:29

I'll open a support ticket for you.

Kranti.Pusalkar... | Wed, 2013-05-29 09:41

Hi Stuart,

I was wondering if you are done with giving me the patch and the process for updating my Perl 5.10 PPM installer. I need this urgently as mentioned before and need to be able to install modules using the 'ppm install Win32::API' command as soon as possible.

Thanks for you support again.


Kranti.Pusalkar... | Thu, 2013-05-30 08:27

Hi Stuart,

Please send me the patch and process for fixing the PPM issue relating to the business license I purchased 3 weeks back. I need this ASAP.


ActiveState Staff
Mon, 2013-06-10 15:09

Fixed in a separate support ticket