| Lesson 3
|| Obtaining Perl from the Web.
|| Download perl for your system.
Obtaining Perl from the Web
To complete the exercises in this course, you will need a copy of
perl for your system.
Perl already installed
If you already have perl installed and running on your machine.
To find out if you already have
Go to the lesson in this module entitled Hello, World! in which you will run a simple Perl script.
perl, try typing
into a command-line prompt on your system.
Open DOS prompt
If you are running Windows, you willl need to open a DOS prompt.
To do this, click the
- Menu >>
- Programs >>
- MS-DOS Prompt.
If you have
, the response you get will look something like this:
This is perl, version 5.003
with EMBED built under solaris
at Dec 23 1996 15:19:42
+ suidperl security patch
Copyright 1987-1996, Larry Wall
Perl may be copied only under the terms of either the Artistic
License or the GNU General Public License, which may be
found in the Perl 5.0 source kit.
If you are using a Mac, search for the MacPerl application anywhere on your system.
If you have MacPerl on your machine, you can find the version number by single-clicking on the application and selecting Get Info from the File menu.
If the version number that you see on your screen is less than 5.003, you will need to upgrade your
If you get a message that says "unrecognized command" or something similar, then you either do not have
perlor it is not installed correctly.
If you do have
perl, and the version number is 5.003 or greater, then you can skip the next lesson.