In general the installation of modules on Windows systems is handled automatically by ApTest Manager's INSTALL.pl script. If you are having problems installing modules, these instructions can help you resolve those issues.

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1 Configuring the Perl Package Manager

Strawberry Perl (and ActivePerl for existing ApTest Manager installations) relies upon its "Perl Package Manager" tool to handle the installation and management of add-on Perl modules. ApTest Manager knows how to use this tool during the installation process.

1.1 FTP and HTTP proxies

No specific configuration is required for the Perl Package Manager to work. However, if your network environment requires the use of a "proxy server" for accessing HTTP or FTP servers, you will need to configure the environment variable HTTP_proxy with the value of your proxy server, in the format "http://site.domain:portNumber". For example:

SET HTTP_proxy=http://www.example.com:80

If you are not sure if you need a proxy server or what your proxy server is, please consult with your network administrator.

2 Testing the Perl Package Manager

An easy way to test your configuration, or to see if configuring Perl for a proxy server is required, is to launch the Perl Package Manager via the Start->Programs menu, then perform a search. A successful search will look like:

PPM> search Archive-Zip
...
PPM>

If it instead looks like:

PPM>  search Archive-Zip
Error connecting to ....
PPM>

then your environment requires a proxy server, and you need to configure the HTTP_proxy environment variable and retry this search until it can be performed successfully.

Troubleshooting tip: if a proxy is required for your network and is not properly configured, the automatic installation of the components needed by ApTest Manager will not be able to occur. If you run into problems with component installation not happening automatically, this is a likely reason why.

3 Missing DLLs

In some instances, packages that are installed via PPM reference DLLs that are not available on your system. Most common among these is MSVCR70.dll. If you see an error about this DLL missing, you can find it (and most other missing DLLs) at dll-files.com. Follow the instructions in the FAQ section to install the DLLs on your machine.

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