News: Which Perl for Win32 PCs with restricted rights? on 2009.10.10 9:04
What do you do on Windows machines where you do not have Administrator rights, or no rights at all to install anything, to be more precise?
Such as e.g. in large companies, with very restrictive user policies?
And by "installing" I mean running an installer, configuring the binary and changing the registry like Strawberry Perl does.
What often DOES work on these machines though is copying files.
So we need a Perl binary which will install on any drive, just by unpacking a ZIP archive, for instance.
And if you don't have the rights to change the system's PATH environment variable, you need a batch script to call Perl for you, to be copied into one of the directories in the PATH, or to any directory you have write permissions to, and from which you will be calling Perl.
It may seem awkward, but in return you will have a fully-fledged Perl running on your crippled PC.
If this is what you need, have a look at http://www.engelschall.com/u/sb/download/win32/perl-5.10.1-win32-bin-0001.zip.
(See the README.txt file in the root directory for all the gory details)
The installation is simpler than it sounds.
Hope this helps!