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ActiveState Perl (PerlIS) and Fork() on Windows 2000

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I am trying to implement a Perl script that uses a call to the fork() function in Perl using ActiveState ActivePerl 5.8.4's PerlIS.exe.  I have read many posts saying that fork() is not often implemented in Windows perl implementations, but after looking at the ActiveState website, it appears that they have created a fork() function to emulate the unix function.  

However, any time I run the script I get the error:

fork() is not implemented in PerlIS

So, is there a way I can use this function on windows?  Does the ActiveState perl program allow the fork() function and can i configure IIS to use this instead of PerlIS?  Or does anyone have a recommendation for another perl implementation to use on windows?  I MUST use Windows and MUST use the fork function.
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I've tried with activePerl v5.6.1, and fork() seems just fine. Maybe it is only unimplemented in Perl for ISAPI. Try configuring IIS to use perl.exe as a CGI program, rather than PerlIS. Note that this may adversly affect the performance of your scripts. You can get info on configuring this from the ActivePerl docs, somewhere like file://localhost/C:/Perl/html/faq/Windows/ActivePerl-Winfaq6.html
(where "C:/Perl/" is the path where ActivePerl is installed.)
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Also, you say that you MUST use windows, but do you have to use IIS? If you still have trouble, you might try the windows build of Apache, which will use CGI perl or mod_perl quite happily
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I forgot the "%s" %s when i tried to configure the application to use Perl instead of PerlIS.  The application works fine with Perl.exe. Thanks!
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