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Rakudo Perl 6
    This is Rakudo Perl, a Perl 6 compiler for the Parrot virtual machine.

    Rakudo Perl is Copyright (C) 2008-2011, The Perl Foundation. Rakudo Perl
    is distributed under the terms of the Artistic License 2.0. For more
    details, see the full text of the license in the file LICENSE.

    This directory contains only the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler itself; it 
    does not contain any of the modules, documentation, or other items
    that would normally come with a full Perl 6 distribution.  If you're
    after more than just the bare compiler, please download the latest
    Rakudo Star package from http://github.com/rakudo/star/downloads .

    For a high-level overview of implemented and missing features,
    please visit http://perl6.org/compilers/features .

  Building Rakudo
    See the INSTALL.txt file for detailed prerequisits and build and
    installation instructions. The short version is

    $ perl Configure.pl --gen-parrot --gen-nqp
    $ make
    $ make spectest # optional
    $ make install # IMPORTANT, installs to install/bin/perl6

    Note that the 'make install' step is necessary for running
    Rakudo from outside the build directory. But don't worry, it
    installs locally by default, so you don't need any administrator
    privileges for carrying out this step.

  Where to get help or answers to questions
    There are several mailing lists, IRC channels, and wikis available with
    help for Perl 6 and Rakudo on Parrot. Figuring out the right one to use
    is often the biggest battle. Here are some rough guidelines:

    The central hub for Perl 6 information is http://perl6.org/ .
    This is always a good starting point.

    If you have a question about Perl 6 syntax or the right way to approach
    a problem using Perl 6, you probably want the "perl6-users@perl.org"
    mailing list or the "irc.freenode.net/#perl6" channel.  The perl6-users
    list is primarily for the people who want to use Perl 6 to write
    programs, so newbie questions are welcomed there.  Newbie questions
    are also welcome on the #perl6 channel; the Rakudo and Perl 6
    development teams tend to hang out there and are generally glad 
    to help.  You can follow "@rakudoperl" on Twitter, and there's
    a Perl 6 news aggregator at <http://planetsix.perl.org> .

    Questions about NQP can also be posted to the #perl6 IRC channel.
    For questions about Parrot, see <http://parrot.org/> for links and
    resources, or join the #parrot IRC channel on irc.perl.org .

  Reporting bugs
    Bug reports should be sent to "rakudobug@perl.org" with the moniker
    [BUG] (including the brackets) at the start of the subject so that it
    gets appropriately tagged in the RT system (https://rt.perl.org/rt3/).
    Please include or attach any sample source code that exhibits the bug,
    and include either the release name/date or the git commit identifier.
    You find that information in the output from "perl6 --version" (or in
    the first line of "git log", if Rakudo fails to build). There's no need
    to cc: the perl6-compiler mailing list, as the RT system will handle
    this on its own.

  Submitting patches
    If you have a patch that fixes a bug or adds a new feature, please
    submit it to "rakudobug@perl.org" with the moniker [PATCH] (including
    the brackets) at the start of the subject line. We'll generally accept
    patches in any form if we can get them to work, but unified diff from
    the "git" command is greatly preferred. In general this means that in
    the "rakudo" directory you make your changes, and then type

        git commit -m 'Your commit message' changed/filename.pm
        git format-patch HEAD^

    This will generate a file called "001-your-commit-message.patch", or
    more of them if you made multiple commits; please attach these to your

    (Note to the maintainers: you can apply these patches with the 
    "git-am -s" command; it preserves meta information like author).

  How the compiler works
    See docs/compiler_overview.pod.

    Patrick Michaud "pmichaud@pobox.com" is the current pumpking for
    Rakudo Perl 6.  See CREDITS for the many people that have contributed
    to the development of the Rakudo compiler.