tks for the direction. i uninstalled apache-asp. went into site\lib\ppm.xml
and adjusted the record so that uwinnipeg is the first repository.
installed with ppm. did a query to verify. went to the apache\asp.pm to
tried the system. and no failure messages after 30 screens.
so it seems the problem was a quirk in ppm 2.1.6 which unfixed something
that was fixed in apache-asp 2.57.
on the positive side of the problem, it did strongly encourage me to look
at handlers with modperl. which happened to provide an approach to taking
http trafffic at a central site and farming it in very specific ways to