Stash fails to start: Perl does not seem to be installed

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Stash fails to start with an error message like the following:

The logs will also include an error, which may be one of the following:

2012-07-10 14:31:33,656 ERROR [main]  c.a.s.i.scm.PluginScmClientProvider Perl does not seem to be installed.


2012-07-10 14:31:33,656 ERROR [main]  c.a.s.i.scm.PluginScmClientProvider You have an invalid version of Perl installed (v5.7.2). The minimum version of Perl required is v5.8.8.


Stash uses Perl to enable hooks in Stash 2.0, which in turn enables important functionality like branch permissions. To ensure that Stash is running in a correct environment we check for the existence of Perl on startup and fail if it cannot be found, or the version is not correct.

Stash requires at least Perl 5.8.8, and is almost certain not to work with Perl 6.


Ensure that the correct version of Perl is installed, and is available on the $PATH or %PATH% and restart Stash.

For Windows make sure all the steps have been followed under Install Stash from an archive file.

Last modified on Mar 30, 2016

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