Perl 5.20.1 Binary Kits for OpenVMS

I just received this from Craig A. 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.

Note that the kits provided here are intended to be a convenient way to acquire a default build; there are many other configuration options available if you build your own Perl from the source at <>.

N.B. The version of (the module that lets you install other modules) that ships with Perl 5.20.x is completely non-functional on VMS. The binary kits announced here include a patched version and those patches have been sent upstream to <> but not yet included in a release. Don’t upgrade your without verifying that these problems have been fixed.

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.

[1] <>

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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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