[Bioperl-l] Bioperl 1.5.2 RC5 install onWinXPActivePerl

Sendu Bala bix at sendu.me.uk
Fri Dec 1 09:17:41 EST 2006

Chris Fields wrote:
> On Dec 1, 2006, at 3:13 AM, Sendu Bala wrote:
>> Chris Fields wrote:
>>> I know that setting up the PPM is a pain, but I have to say it is 
>>> much faster, and all required PPMs are available.  Which makes me 
>>> curious: why bother with trying out a CPAN installation process at 
>>> this point, especially when you have to use PPM to install some of 
>>> the prereqs properly anyway?
>> Firstly, problems discovered and resulting fixes will help all 
>> platforms, not just Windows. So thanks for trying it out and reporting 
>> back. Secondly, the PPM method, like Bundle::BioPerl, is 
>> all-or-nothing. The CPAN installation method allows an interactive 
>> choice of which optional things to install.
> Yes, I understand that.  My point is, you are generally forced to use 
> PPM anyway due to several modules not installing properly (all the 
> 'trouble' distributions, like DB_File, are available via PPM).  I can 
> see using CPAN as an alternative way of installing Bioperl for a 
> distribution, or as the primary method via CVS or manually, but not for 
> distributions.  At least not until the kinks are worked out for Windows 
> users.

CPAN isn't being suggested as the primary or preferred installation 
method for Windows. That will still be PPM. I'm mentioning CPAN / manual 
installation in the Windows INSTALL docs for the benefit of anyone who 
wants a simple install and test environment when checking out from CVS.

> What are the significant issues for a bioperl PPM installation

None that I'm aware of - I just need to find the time to start looking 
into generating an appropriate PPD. Hopefully Nathan's wiki page on the 
subject will be all I need.

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