Using ActivePerl 5.8 on a cygwin system

Igor Pechtchanski
Mon Sep 1 21:25:00 GMT 2003

On Mon, 1 Sep 2003, John Seeliger wrote:

> I have had cygwin installed on this PC for quite some time, but hadn't
> updated it for a while.  I wanted to run and found it wouldn't
> work with the perl 5.6.1 I had installed, so I downloaded ActivePerl 5.8.?

Why?  Cygwin has Perl 5.8.? as well...

> and tried running the script from a Windows XP prompt, but it used the
> cygwin perl.

Make sure ActivePerl appears in the WinXP PATH variable before Cygwin's

> So, I just copied the ActivePerl over the cygwin perl (yeah, I know, not
> a good idea) and then it still wouldn't work because some of the lib
> files used by it weren't there either.  I copied a few of those as well,
> but still to no avail.

Yep, not a good idea.

> Have I just hosed my cygwin?

You did hose Cygwin's perl.

> Will downloading the updated perl help?

Downloading and reinstalling the perl package should fix this.  You can
install version 5.8.0-5, BTW.

> How can I download just perl without going through the installer and
> selecting "keep" on every single other item?

Use the "Keep" view of the installer.
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