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Services for UNIX 3.5

Services for UNIX 3.5

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Services for UNIX 3.5 is released and available for download. Follow the instructions on the SFU Home Page. You need to register to get the released version, so if you see the word beta on the download page, you may not be in the right place.

Services for UNIX is always one of the first things I install on a new machine. (Otherwise every time I type ls in the console, it just beeps at me.) This is also a really easy way to install Perl. Perl's not in the default install, I think you need to do a custom install and check the appropriate box. Have fun!
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  • SFU actually has two different perls. One is the latest release of Unix perl, built to run in the Unix environment of SFU (called Interix). The other is ActiveState's Perl, which runs as a Win32 application.

    Why two? The Unix perl runs perlmods that are tightly bound to Unix - they do things like fork/exec or other stuff that's hard for Win32 to get right. The ActiveState perl exposes a lot of Win32 to perl, including stuff like registry access, WMI, etc. Sometimes you need one; sometimes you need the other.
  • Thanks Jason. Excellent information.
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