windows xp command prompt

David Harrison davidis at
Sun Sep 29 19:48:27 EDT 2002

mike henley wrote:
> i have installed the activestate perl, python, tcl, and pragmatic
> programmer's ruby. when i go to the command prompt on windows xp and
> type perl for example... (or python, ruby... etc) i get the following
> message.
> 'perl' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
> operable program or batch file.
> in the control panel| system | advanced | environment variables | Path
> i have
> C:\ruby\bin;C:\Python22;C:\Perl\bin;C:\WINDOWS\system32;C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\System32\Wbem
> does anyone know what i should do to fix this problem? (apart from the
> obvious of restarting the machine)

Is it like Win2K, where you have environment variables for 'this user' 
and 'all users' (easiest found by right-clicking on My Computer, 
selecting 'Manage', then right-clicking again on 'Computer Management 
(Local)', and selecting the 'Advanced' Tab and clickign on the 
'Environment Variables' button. You want to edit the 'System' path 

Just a thought.

Dave H


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