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The NIST Web Metrics tools are in the public domain. We give them away free and do not restrict their use in any way. However, we request that you let us know if you find these tools useful, to help us justify continued development.
The Active Perl "Install Notes" at http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Products/ASPNTOC-ACTIVEPERL-001-002 provide detailed instructions for installing ActivePerl on Windows, Linux, and Solaris. We have had good results with ActivePerl on Windows. ActivePerl and other Perl distributions can be found through the CPAN Perl Ports web page http://www.cpan.org/ports. Find your platform in the list of links at the top of the page, e.g., "Windows 95/98/Me/MT/2000/XP." Follow that link to jump down the page to a list of links to distributions available for your platform. Perl 5 comes with IRIX since version 6.4, but you can get a newer distribution from the SGI Freeware web site http://freeware.sgi.com/.
You also might need to install some Perl packages. See the requirements section of the documentation for the individual Web Metrics tools for the required Perl modules. Perl modules are installed in ActivePerl on Windows with the "ppm" command (see http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Products/ActivePerl/faq/ActivePerl-faq2.html), and on Unix systems with the "cpan" command.
Tcl distributions with "Install Notes" can be found through the Tcl Developer Xchange web site http://tcl.activestate.com. We have had good results on Windows with the ActiveTcl distributions. Cautious users may wish to skip the beta distribution, identified by a 'b' in the name, and get the latest stable version. ActiveTcl also includes Tk. IRIX users might need to get the source code distributions of Tcl and Tk and compile them. When I checked on the SGI Freeware web site http://freeware.sgi.com/, on February 13, 2002, the newest binary distributions of Tcl and Tk were version 8.0.4, compiled in 1999. Some of the NIST Web Metrics tools require version 8.2 or higher.
We recommend using the Apache HTTP server instead. Instructions for installing Apache on Windows can be found at http://httpd.apache.org/docs-2.0/platform/windows.html. If you must run a Microsoft web server, which one you use, or whether you can at all, depends on the version of Windows you have.
We started out using "C:\Program Files\WebMetrics" for the default installation location, but we found that Microsoft PWS would not correctly execute Perl CGI scripts containing spaces in the full pathname.
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