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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I've never had a problem using a PPM version of WWW::Mechanize on ActivePerl, so I think it's a bit misleading to say that Windows users haven't been able to use a web scraping framework. I've been using WWW::Mechanize on ActivePerl for years.

    ActivePerl is far from perfect, but in some cases, I find PPM actually works better than installing directly off CPAN.

    • The reason that PPM is able to deal with situations like this is that (so far as I can tell anyway, I could be wrong) for certain strategically important modules, they simply ignore failing tests and package the module anyway.

      So yes, it works, if you work around the problem by using a third-party vendor who has packaged the module ignoring the failing tests.

      These types of things are fine as temporary workarounds, but that doesn't mean that mechanize itself inherently "works".