perl.dll is not loadable - initialization routine failed

Eion Robb eion at
Sun Jul 2 16:59:28 EDT 2017

Hi Scott,

Just wanted to double check that you've gone through
particularly the part about Perl being in your PATH env var - it could be
that Windows has removed it from your PATH after the upgrade?


On 1 July 2017 at 02:00, Scott Noyes <snoyes at> wrote:

> Pidgin 2.12.0
> Strawberry Perl 5.20.2
> Windows 10
> Pidgin had been working fine and running a Perl plugin. After a Windows
> "Update and Restart", Pidgin no longer loads Perl. The debug window shows:
> plugins: probing C:\Program Files (x86)\Pidgin\plugins\perl.dll
> plugins: C:\Program Files (x86)\Pidgin\plugins\perl.dll is not loadable:
> `C:\Program Files (x86)\Pidgin\plugins\perl.dll': A dynamic link library
> (DLL) initialization routine failed.
> The same thing happened last week. I uninstalled and reinstalled various
> versions of Pidgin and Perl three or four times, and eventually hit the
> magic combination and it started working again.
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