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Wednesday October 09, 2002
11:23 AM

Storable for WIn32

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Seeing as I thought Cache::FileCache would be a good idea to implement on our new mod_perl system, I thought I'd try installing. Unfortunately ActiveState only have a PPM version for Solaris.

Never mind I'll use my new mini-CPAN to get the latest version and install it myself. Until that is it requires Storable. Now ActiveState have version 1.12 of Storable, which I duly installed, but Cache-Cache requires version 1.14 or above.

Never mind I thought, I'll just go back to my mini-CPAN and install the latest version of Storable. Then I discovered the fatal flaw in my trail.

I don't have a C compiler on my windows box, and Storable seems to be asking for a C related thing called "cl". The last time I had one on a win32 box brings back some horrific memories. So alas I won't be getting to use Cache::FileCache in production software :(

One of our clients insists we use winNT ... don't ask!

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  • By using an alternative PPM repository I've been able to get my version of Storable up to 1.011 and install Cache:Cache 1.01 on NT. Works quite well - though some functions can't work. Jolly good module, and it's author is a helpful person.

    See here for a list PPM repositories with newer software than AS: Re: Modules in the Windows environment []. I've found the University of Winnipeg repository in particular to be very good for mod_Perl and XML modules.

    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
    • Brilliant there are 2 on that list I already use (Theory for mod_perl and OpenInteract for Template Toolkit), but the others are very welcome. Thanks.

      It would be nice if, like CPAN, there was a central repository for all ActivePerl packaged modules. Perhaps ActiveState could open up their repository a bit, so it becomes a one stop shop, rather than having to search other repositories or do-it-yourself (which sometimes isn't an option).

      • This has come up a few times on Perlmonks [] hence my suggested link. From what I gather there are a number of alternative repositories out there with various things on them, but it's not co-ordinated like CPAN.

        As far as I can work out AS only build modules when a paying customer asks for them or if they think they are useful. For example Crazyinsomniac started up his own repository, here is the announcment [] which covered some of the topic.

        As far as I'm aware no one has yet produced a single meta-PPM tool,

        -- "It's not magic, it's work..."