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This is Parrot, version 0.3.1 ----------------------------- Parrot is Copyright (C) 2001-2005 The Perl Foundation. All Rights Reserved. $Id$ LICENSE INFORMATION ------------------- 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 MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See either the GNU General Public License or the Artistic License for more details. PREREQUISITES ------------- You'll need a C compiler, a linker and a make program of course. If you will be linking with the ICU library you have to download and install it before configuring Parrot. Get it from http://www-306.ibm.com/software/globalization/icu/downloads.jsp You'll also need Perl 5.6 or above to run various configure and build scripts. For most of the platforms that we are supporting initially, Parrot should build out of the box. The list of targeted platforms can be found in PLATFORMS. 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. INSTRUCTIONS ------------ For now, unpack your Parrot tarball, (if you're reading this, you've probably already done that) and type perl Configure.pl to run the Configure script. The Configure.pl script extracts configuration from the running perl5 program. Unfortunately, the perl5 configuration is not set up to compile and link c++ programs, so you may need to explicitly tell Configure.pl which compiler and linker to use. For example, to compile C files with 'cc', C++ files with 'CC', and link everything together with 'CC', you would type perl Configure.pl --cc=cc --cxx=CC --link=CC --ld=CC See "perl Configure.pl --help" for more options. For systems like HPUX that don't have inet_pton please run perl Configure.pl --define=inet_aton If you want to install Parrot into a non-standard location use perl Configure.pl --prefix=/Users/foo/parrot-0.3.1 Running Configure.pl will generate a config.h header, a Parrot::Config module, platform files and some Makefiles. The file "myconfig" has an overview of configure settings. Next, run make: For UNIX like systems that come with its own make, 'gmake' should be used. (On most Linux systems, this is the default make.) On windows systems, 'nmake' is used On other systems, just try 'make' Now, the interpreter should build. If you are building the ICU library (this is the default on most systems), you need to use GNU make instead (or something compatible with it). You can test parrot by running make test (or nmake test or gmake test) You can run the full test suite with make fulltest Note: PLATFORMS contains notes about whether test failures are expected on your system. On some systems you can install parrot: make install This installs a bunch of files in /usr/local/parrot-$VERSION. The parrot executable is in /usr/local/parrot-$VERSION/bin. Please note that this feature is currently experimental. You have to link or copy the executable somewhere into your path. Finally no dynamic extensions from runtime/parrot/dynext are installed, albeit dynamic extensions are searched for in the installed directory structure. 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 docs/intro.pod. These documents are in POD format. You can view these files with: perldoc -F docs/intro.pod NOTES ----- On some older computers with little RAM, the computed-goto dispatch core (ops/core_ops_cg.c) may take a while to compile or may fail to compile at all. You can pass a flag to Configure.pl (--cgoto=0) to disable the computed-goto core, at a slight cost in runtime speed. CHANGES ------- For documentation on the user-visible changes between this version and previous versions, please see NEWS. KNOWN ISSUES ------------ Some PASM examples are currently broken. The docs/BROKEN file lists other major subsystems and regressions that block progress. MAILING LISTS ------------- The mailing list for parrot is perl6-internals. Subscribe by sending mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is archived at http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl6.internals and available via NNTP at nntp://nntp.perl.org/perl.perl6.internals You can also read the list via Google Groups at http://groups-beta.google.com/group/perl.perl6.internals WEB SITES --------- The following web sites have all the Parrot information you need: http://www.parrotcode.org/ http://dev.perl.org/perl6/ http://bugs6.perl.org/ http://pugscode.org/ http://www.poniecode.org/ Have fun, The Parrot Team.