I've been using/learning Perl for a while now.
Downloading desired modules has been a continuing problem from day one! I've managed to get most of what I need if it's a native Perl module, but never succeded in getting a make to work.
Most lately, I needed a module, GD.pm, it requires some other stuff, which must be compiled. (This is because of ActiveStates poor support of ppm module conversion.)
As noted on use.perl.org a reward (a vertical meter of beer)was offered for a windoz installation of Perl which filled several requirement. Among them being:
4. The installer MUST also install a (legal) compiler (preferably gcc), preconfigured to work normally when installing XS modules from CPAN.
The award was duly issued to stennie, and worked at the time.
Oh shit, when I downloaded and tried it, guess what. Thats right, it's broken. Now this is not an insurmountable obstacle, the directions are there and so are the links to the tools. So in theory, you can reverse engineer and duplicate, eventually getting it to work.
I'm now in the process of trying to do so, but what a PITA! It turned out the 'main' problem was the download site for the GCC tool chain was hard coded in the installer file. So I submit the "solution" isn't really, it's just a road-map so you can roll your own. (even though it's on sourceforge, no-ones maintaining it.)
Again, what a PITA!
Been working at this for WAY too long and God knows how much longer it'll take!