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I want to install perl on my pc. (win98)
Which files do i need to download and how do i make it run ?
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You need to get Perl 5.6.1 from ActiveState
http://activestate.com/Products/Download/Get.plex?id=ActivePerl&a=e
For Win98, you will also need Windows Installer 2.0 which can be found at the same place
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"...how do i make it run?"

Please be a little more specific with that question.  It depends on what you're trying to 'run' with Perl.  Whether it be on a web server, to automate processes on your PC, interface with databases, etc.  Don't really know what you mean by 'make it run'.
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To run a perl script, from the command line prompt you type perl my_script.pl . The distribution comes with lots of documentation on how to get started
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How do i call a script from within my browser (IE 5) ?
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i mean to say: from within a html page ?
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You need to create a FORM with an ACTION, which will be run when the submit button on the form is pressed

<form action="http://www.abc.com/cgi-bin/demo.pl" method="POST">            
  <input type="text" name="name">
  <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Submit">
</form>
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ok, final question...

what needs to be the first line of my .pl script ?
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ive tried this:

<html>
<head>
<body>
<form action="c:\Mike\xscenter\sell\test.pl"><INPUT TYPE=SUBMIT VALUE="Send it in!">
</form>
</body>
</html>

but i'm getting a windows box as result, asking if i want to download test.pl, how can i make the script running ?

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If you want to run a local script from a browser, you need to install a web server such as IIS for Windows (I think there is a cut down version called Personal web server?) and configure it to associate .pl files with Perl. This can be a bit tricky, is it possible to just use the MS-DOS commnad prompt as everything is local anyway?
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You can also download the web server software Apache for Windows from www.apache.org.  It's not terribly easy to setup, but it's another option.  Just follow the instructions in the README.
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what do you guys think of perl builder 2.0 ? I have no idea how to work with those servers.... If someone has another option please tell me..
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thought you said last question before :) Perlbuilder is a devlopment tool (editor, debugger etc) which works well with CGI. It has nothng to do with web servers and isn't needed for simple applications.
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hmm, ok thank you all
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