Perl 5.18.2 Binary Kits for OpenVMS Alpha and IA64

I just received the following message from Craig Berry:

Installation kits for OpenVMS Alpha and OpenVMS I64 v8.3 and later are available at:

The files are self-extracting archives and after downloading you must run them like so:


for Alpha, and:


for Itanium. Then, on either platform:

$ product install perl

and follow the usual installation prompts.

Have an appropriate amount of fun. Anything related to these kits that turns out to be more fun than you can handle is probably best reported on the vmsperl mailing list.[1]

Changes in this release can be found via typing “perldoc perldelta” after installation, but note that the following item was inadvertently deleted from those release notes: The PERL_ENV_TABLES feature to control the population of %ENV at perl start-up was broken in Perl 5.16.0 but has now been fixed.


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By Thomas Pfau

I have been using perl since the mid '90s. I had started playing with linux in late '92 and was hearing alot about perl. Instead of trying to learn shell scripting I started looking for information about how to program in perl. I still haven't really learned much about writing shell scripts. Most of what I've needed to script was not only possible in perl but easier. Since then I've used perl to automate tasks on linux, OpenVMS and Windows systems. I have written several perl modules, some of which are available on CPAN.

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