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This is Parrot, version 0.0.9
Parrot is Copyright (C) 2001-2002 Yet Another Society. All Rights Reserved.
This code is distributed under the same license as Perl 5; you can
redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either:
a) the GNU General Public License as found in the directory "LICENSES"
b) the "Artistic License" which can be found in the directory "LICENSES"
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
the GNU General Public License or the Artistic License for more details.
You'll need a compiler and linker, of course. A make program
is currently encouraged, but we have had difficulties with some
versions (like nmake), so we do have a primitive script
that attempts to emulate it.
You'll also need Perl 5.005 or above, compiled to support
the types you wish to support in Parrot. (Parrot will
make, but you'll be unable to assemble anything.) You can find
what types are support by typing 'perl -V', and examining the
values for ivtype and nvtype. Parrot should work with INTVALs
and NUMVALs up to those types.
For most of the platforms that we are supporting initially,
Parrot should build out of the box. We do not have,
however, native dynamic loading ready for OS X, and are
currently using Fink ( to fill
that gap. Other solutions may also work. The list of
targetted platforms can be found in docs/parrot.pod.
The current configure system is primitive, as it's only
a temporary solution. It will be happy with most any answers
you decide to feed it. Garbage In, Garbage Out.
You may want to peruse the list of KNOWN_ISSUES to see
what other things may be unexpected.
For now, unpack your Parrot tarball, (if you're reading this, you've
probably already done that) and type
to run the Configure script. This will generate a config.h header, a
Parrot::Config module, and a Makefile. Next type
and the interpreter should build.
You can test the assembler and interpreter by running
make test
Look at docs/parrot.pod and docs/intro.pod for where to go from here.
If you have any problems, see the section "Reporting Problems" in
On some older computers with little RAM, the computed-goto dispatch core
(core_ops_cg.c) may take a while to compile or may fail to compile at all.
You can pass a flag to Configure (--cgoto=0) to disable the computed-goto
core, at a slight cost in runtime speed.
For documentation on the user-visible changes between this version and
previous versions, please see NEWS. The full changelog is available
as ChangeLog.
The mailing list for parrot is currently perl6-internals. Subscribe
by sending mail to
It is archived at
The following web sites have all the Parrot information you need:
Have fun,
The Parrot team.
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