Simple binding to GNU libreadline
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Jeffrey Goff
Jeffrey Goff 0.1.4
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Readline provides a Perl 6 interface to libreadline.

XXX This will probably be a frontend to Readline::Gnu when that's factored out. XXX For the moment keep all the code here in the Readline module.


Please make sure that libreadline is installed beforehand, the tests will fail otherwise. If libreadline is installed but the tests still fail, please note that the Perl 6 package searches a given set of directories for libreadline.{so,dynlib}.* files, otherwise it defaults to v7. If your libreadline installation isn't on any of these paths, or requires non-standard setup, please file an issue.

For those of you on Linux Debian and Linux-alike systems, you should be able to get the latest version with this CLI invocation:

	sudo apt-get install libreadline7

(I'd prefer to use LibraryCheck, but it fails inside the 'is native()' method call.)

  • Using zef (a module management tool bundled with Rakudo Star):
    zef update && zef install Readline

Or alternatively installing it from a checkout of this repo with zef:

    zef install .


To run tests:

    prove -e perl6


Jeffrey Goff, DrForr on #perl6,


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