ActivePerl-faq9 - Modules and sample scripts
General questions about using modules and scripts with ActivePerl
As of version 5.005, ActivePerl supports the MakeMaker utility. This allows you to install modules from CPAN, but requires you to have a make utility, such as nmake or dmake. Modules are generally distributed in gzipped tar files, such as Data-Dumper-2.08.tar.gz.
However, ActivePerl includes the Perl Package Manager (PPM), a utility that allows you to install modules, including modules that contain binary extensions. You should consider using PPM to install a module, as this greatly simplifies the management of modules.
Nevertheless, there are times when it is necessary to build a module from source. Typically, an installation session goes something like this:
Extract the module. This creates a directory based on the name of the archive.
gzip -d -c Data-Dumper-2.08.tar.gz | tar xvf -
Change directory to the module's directory.