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Proto -- making your Perl 6 work slightly easier Proto is a hyper-lightweight dependency tracking and module installation system. It helps you set up a running environment where you can play with Rakudo Perl 6 and library modules with minimal hassle. It's not comprehensive like Parrot's Plumage will be, it's an unreliable prototype, as the name suggests. It is currently experimenting with the module ecosystem of Rakudo *, which should accommodate multiple instances of modules distinguished by :auth and :ver name parts. Proto can bootstrap on Unix and Windows from a single file download, or by cloning its Github repository. It keeps terminal output concise and has few commands and options. You can use it to: 1. Download, compile and install Parrot and Rakudo 2. Download, compile, test and install Perl 6 modules 3. Create new modules (in projects, with tests) To install Proto, get the main script with this command (or a browser) (all on one line without the \ if not in a Unix compatible shell): perl -MLWP::UserAgent -e"LWP::UserAgent->new->mirror( \ 'http://github.com/masak/proto/raw/master/proto', 'proto.pl')" To configure proto, type the following at the prompt: perl proto.pl configure proto To then install Rakudo (and Parrot), type the following at the prompt: perl proto.pl install rakudo If you already had a Rakudo installed, instead of having proto install it again, you can simply adjust ~/.perl6/proto/proto.conf to tell it where Rakudo and Parrot are on the system. Installation of Parrot and Rakudo is merely a convenience; what proto was really built for is installing modules. The command perl proto.pl install <module> [<module> ...] will look among its list of registered modules for <module>, and download and build whatever it finds. Should the downloaded module happen to explicitly depend on other modules, these will be downloaded and built before the dependent module is built. And so on, until it all bottoms out. The upgrade command perl proto.pl upgrade <module> will check the module <module> and all that depend on it for upgrades, and rebuild them in the required order. Omit the name of the module, and all your installed modules will be upgraded. See the file PIONEER for how to set up your project with proto, or let the create-new-project script make one semi-automatically. TODO: convert create-new-project (a bash script) into another Perl 6 module. Removing a module is as simple as perl proto.pl uninstall <module> If a dependency cycle is detected during the download process, the install is aborted and the dependency cycle is described. It might still be possible to install all modules despite the cycle, but the mere fact that there's a cycle merits human attention. There are many things which proto does not do. Even so, it is the hope of its authors that it might be of some use, and make Perl 6 poets bold in splitting up their work into logical independent units. Proto is (C) Copyright 2010 by the Proto contributors (as listed in AUTHORS). The license is Artistic 2.0; see LICENCE.