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ActivePerl is a distribution of Perl for Windows from ActiveState.

ActivePerl can be run as a Windows service using FireDaemon Pro. This allows you to start and run the monitor automatically when Windows boots and before login. FireDaemon Pro also allows you to start multiple instances of the application, monitoring them and automatically restarting those instances in the event they crash. FireDaemon Fusion can also be used to manage your ActivePerl service, plus other Windows services via your web browser.

ActivePerl Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Please follow the steps below to set up a ActivePerl monitor as a Windows service with FireDaemon Pro

Step 1: Download and Install ActivePerl

Download from here and install it.

Step 2: ActivePerl CPAN Client

You can't install modules with CPAN client in ActivePerl because ActiveState phased out PPM and replaced it with StateTool. So packages aren't compatible with the new versions of ActivePerl. If you need to use a package, then use Strawberry Perl.

Step 3: Set Up ActivePerl as a FireDaemon Pro Service

Download and install FireDaemon Pro. Double click the FireDaemon Pro icon on your desktop, then click on the New (i.e. +) button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl + N) to create a new service. Enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the path names to suit your installation. Note the required parameters.

FireDaemon Pro ActivePerl Service Program Tab

The most important field on the tab is the Parameters. The Parameters define the initial setup of your server. The full parameter list should be as follows:
  • - Enter the full filename including the extension of your perl script.

Next, click on the FireDaemon Pro Settings tab:

FireDaemon Pro ActivePerl service settings

Enter appropriate values in the fields on the Settings tab as follows:

  • (Required) Job Type: You must set job type to "Global Job".
  • (Optional) Logon Account: Enter the Windows account under which the application is to be run, e.g. the current user account.
  • Password / Confirm Password:  Enter the logon account's password twice.
  • (Optional) Interact with Desktop: If this setting is enabled (default), the application's output messages can be seen in the console window on Windows Session 0. To switch to Session 0, it may be necessary to install FireDaemon Zero and ZeroInput. Alternatively, this setting may be disabled, in which case the application's messages will be hidden.
  • (Optional) Priority: To allocate more CPU time to the application, select a higher scheduling priority in this field.
  • (Optional) CPU Bindings: To run the application on a specific CPU, specify the appropriate CPU in this field.

Next, click in the Lifecycle tab. Set Shutdown By to Forceful Termination and check "Console Program".

FireDaemon Pro ActivePerl lifecycle settings

Lastly, click the Save and Close (ie. the tick) button on the toolbar. If the service's Startup Type is set to Automatic or Automatic (Delayed-Start), it will start immediately.

FireDaemon Pro Services list

If the service's Interact with Desktop setting is enabled, the ActivePerl status can also be verified by switching to Windows Session 0 to view the ActivePerl's messages.

ActivePerl messages window