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Installing DBD-mysql with ActiveState Perl

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If you want to use MySQL with Perl, you need to install the DBD::MySQL driver module. However, at the time of writing, this module was not available when I tried to install it via the ppm tool using ActiveState Perl. A broader search just reported:

ppm> search DBD-MySQL
Searching in Active Repositories
  1. DBD-mysql-SimpleMySQL [0.5] (none)

If I can't find a module in one of the ActiveState repositories, the next place I look is at the Theoretical Physics of the University of Winnipeg website. If the module is available, it can be installed with just a one-liner. For ActivePerl version 8xx:

C:\>ppm install
Install 'DBD-mysql' version 3.0002 in ActivePerl
Installing C:\Perl\site\lib\auto\DBD\mysql\
Installing C:\Perl\site\lib\auto\DBD\mysql\mysql.dll
Installing C:\Perl\site\lib\auto\DBD\mysql\mysql.exp
Installing C:\Perl\site\lib\auto\DBD\mysql\mysql.lib
Installing C:\Perl\html\site\lib\Mysql.html
Installing C:\Perl\html\site\lib\Bundle\DBD\mysql.html
Installing C:\Perl\html\site\lib\DBD\mysql.html
Installing C:\Perl\html\site\lib\DBD\mysql\INSTALL.html
Files found in blib\arch: installing files in blib\lib into arch
itecture dependent library tree
Installing C:\Perl\site\lib\
Installing C:\Perl\site\lib\Bundle\DBD\
Installing C:\Perl\site\lib\DBD\
Installing C:\Perl\site\lib\DBD\mysql\
Installing C:\Perl\site\lib\DBD\mysql\INSTALL.pod
Installing C:\Perl\site\lib\Mysql\
Successfully installed DBD-mysql version 3.0002 in ActivePerl 5.8

Note that I already had installed the DBI module, which is available via the ActiveState repository.

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