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Perl does not see command line arguments

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I am rehosting my Perl programs from Windows 7 to 8.1.  All is well except that my perl scripts do not detect any command line parameter.  Here is my assoc command

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 C:\ODpair>assoc .pl
.pl=Perl

C:\ODpair>ftype Perl
Perl="C:\Perl\bin\perl.exe" "%1" %*
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I appreciate any help to resolve this from you experts.
pax
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by:FishMonger
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Having an ftype entry is not required and in my case Perl is not listed in ftype.

What is required is having the proper registry entry under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.

Open regedit and navigate to the Perl entry and inspect its layout and value for the command param.  In my case it's actually under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Perl_program_file.

Here's the complete exported key from my system.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Perl_program_file]
@="Perl program file"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Perl_program_file\shell]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Perl_program_file\shell\Execute Perl Program]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Perl_program_file\shell\Execute Perl Program\command]
@="\"C:\\strawberry\\perl\\bin\\perl.exe\" \"%1\" %*"
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by:FishMonger
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After checking and possibly fixing the registry entry, see if you get the same output from this test.

c:\test>perl -e "print $_,$/ for @ARGV" 1 2 3
1
2
3
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by:cpeters5
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FishMonger,
No luck.  Attached is my regedit screen

Note: I just reinstalled version 5.18 in c:/perl64/.  No luck there either.

pax
regedit.pptx
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by:cpeters5
ID: 39752626
Interestingly,
If I run my script with perl command.  I.e.
c:>perl myscript.pl 123 456
Then myscript.pl detected @ARGV = (123,456);

This suggests the problem is the file type association...

Here is the .PL assoc again

C:\>assoc .pl
.pl=Perl

with
$PATHEXT = .COM;.EXE;.BAT;.CMD;.VBS;.VBE;.JS;.JSE;.WSF;.WSH;.MSC;.PL
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by:FishMonger
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Which distro did you install, Activestate or Strawberry, or some other one?

Your print screen shows that you still have the reg entry of the first perl installation.  Did you uninstall the old perl before installing the new version?

My guess is that the reg entries of the 2 installations are conflicting with each other.  Can you expand the other reg entry and post the print screen of it?
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by:FishMonger
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It also appears that you have PerlScript installed, which is Microsoft's implementation (port) of perl.  That could also be conflicting with your other installation.
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by:cpeters5
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FishMonger,
There were 3 versions installed.  I uninstall all three, all keys removed.  Then install fresh Perl 5.18.
After the installation, I activated ppm.  It detected only the 276 installed packages.  But this time, no error output as before.

Do you detect any problem in the attached screenshot for: regedit, ppm screen and Perl -v?

Also, do you have suggestion for a work around?  I have immediate need for a few modules such as DateTime, Location::GeoLoc, XML::Simple and some math::stuff

Thanks!
perlinfo.pptx
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by:FishMonger
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Everything looks good in your screenshot.

Are your scripts now able to see the command line args?  If so, then you should be fine and no "work around" would be needed.

Have you tried installing any of those modules?  If so, did they install properly or did they fail and produce error messages?
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You'll want to add a few additional repositories to ppm.

Personally, I've moved away from using ppm and instead install all of my modules via cpan.  You first need to install MinGW-w64 to get the needed GCC compiler.

You might be able to install that via ppm.  At least it was available in the 32bit version.  I'm not sure if it's available in the 64bit version of ppm.
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by:cpeters5
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Took me a while to find the right MinGW-w64 that works.
Thanks FishMonger.
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