README.cygwin - Parrot under Cygwin
Parrot builds out of the box under Cygwin, when no other parrot is installed. See below at PROBLEMS.
There are official cygwin parrot packages available via http://cygwin.com/setup.exe.
parrot libparrot0 libparrot-devel parrot-perl6 parrot-languages
Some tweaks are needed for different names for the ffi to some dll's. See "loadlib DLL versioning".
You'll need the following Cygwin packages to run and build Parrot by your own.
libreadline6 ncurses libintl8 libgmp3
libicu38 libpq5 for opengl: w32api opengl or libglut3 xorg-x11-base xorg-x11-bin-dlls
gcc make perl parrot readline libncurses-devel libgmp-devel pcre-devel
Optional build requirements:
libicu-devel for Cygwin/X opengl: freeglut libglut-devel xorg-x11-devel
Optional perl packages for testing:
L<Test::TAP::HTMLMatrix> if you want to run the smoke tests with C<make smoke>. perl L<Test::Perl::Critic> and L<Perl::Critic>
- Cygwin subversion and perl
If you use SVN to get a copy of Parrot, you should use the Cygwin SVN and not the TortoiseSVN client to avoid build errors. Similarly you will need Cygwin Perl rather than ActiveState or Strawberry Perl.
Note that ICU is now optional, you can build Parrot without it, by not installing it or asking Parrot to ignore it (
Building is tricky:
If the freeglut package for the X Server is installed, this is used, otherwise the w32api and opengl packages for native Windows opengl support are tried.
In order to use the w32api native GLUT there must be no /usr/include/GL directory.
The problem is that the NCI tries the header files to create the imports and not the libraries, and if the /usr/include/GL headers are found these are used, despite the w32api GLUT libraries are defined.
Determining if your platform supports OpenGL.............yes, freeglut 3.4. Determining if your platform supports OpenGL...................yes, GLUT 3. Determining if your platform supports OpenGL............................no.
libglut-devel libGL-devel libGLU-devel libglut3 ...
libGL-develis not installed:
SDL references cygSDL-1-2-0.dll, which is only in cygports http://news.gmane.org/gmane.os.cygwin.ports.announce
libaio-devel "Linux-native asynchronous I/O access" is not available for cygwin, and as the name says it will never be :)
perl Configure.pl make make test make install
- perl fatal error - unable to remap Glob.dll
Something like: perl.exe: *** fatal error - unable to remap C:\cygwin\lib\perl5\5.10\i686-cygwin\auto\File\Glob\Glob.dll to same address as parent(
This is a known cygwin problem with dll's, esp. perl on non-XP 32bit platforms. You need to install the
rebasepackage and run
- Crash at miniparrot.exe config_lib.pasm
Invoking Parrot to generate runtime/parrot/include/config.fpmc --cross your fingers
F<./miniparrot.exe config_lib.pasm > runtime/parrot/include/config.fpmc> crashes
- Spurious stackdumps while building
Be sure that there's no other libparrot.dll.a or libparrot.a in the linker libpath.
- os hardlink test fail
t/pmc/os.................................... # Failed test 'hard link was really created' # at t/pmc/os.t line 312.
This is a known Windows limitation with NTFS junctions on files.
- loadlib DLL versioning
Use cyg*-1.1.dll naming conventions instead of lib*.so.1.1 names for loadlib, the FFI.
Thanks to the
Windows DLL Helland the impossibility of file hardlinks, windows dll names are versioned, so the loadlib function or the various pir's needs more logic.
Either add the version to each loadlib call, and stem the version from POSIX versions within get_path(), or add an optional version argument to loadlib for win32. Or just fix all the pir's, which will be easier when exceptions work again.
Threads, Events, and Signals are missing.
- Reini Urban <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Last updated: 23 January 2009