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This is Parrot, version 0.8.2

Parrot is Copyright (C) 2001-2008, The Perl Foundation.



This code 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.


You 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

You also need Perl 5.8.4 or newer, Storable 2.12 or newer, and Bundle::Parrot
to run various configure and build scripts.

For most of the platforms that we are supporting initially, Parrot should build
out of the box. PLATFORM lists our target 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.


For now, unpack your Parrot tarball, (if you're reading this, you've
probably already done that) and type


to run the Configure script. The 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 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 --cc=cc --cxx=CC --link=CC --ld=CC

See "perl --help" for more options and docs/configuration.pod
for more details.

For systems like HPUX that don't have inet_pton please run

    perl --define=inet_aton

Running will generate a config.h header, a Parrot::Config
module, platform files and many Makefiles.

The file "myconfig" has an overview of configure settings.

Next, run make. ( will tell you which version of make it
recommends for your system.)

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).

NOTE: If you have trouble linking parrot, this *may* be due to a pre-existing
parrot version installed via 'make install'. Until this issue is resolved,
you may have to delete the installed version of parrot before building a new
one. Our apologies.

You can test parrot by running "make test". You can run the tests in parallel
with "make TEST_JOBS=3 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. The parrot executable is in
/usr/local/bin. Please note that this feature is currently experimental.
(It's so experimental that you have to read the directions it gives you.)

If you want to install Parrot into a non-standard location use:

    perl --prefix=/Users/foo/parrot-0.7.0
    make install

But please note that dynamic libs will not be found for non-standard
locations unless you set LD_LIBRARY_PATH or similar.

Look at docs/parrot.pod and docs/intro.pod for where to go from here. If you
have any problems, see the section "How To Submit A Bug Report" in
docs/submissions.pod. These documents are in POD format. You can view these
files with the command:

    perldoc -F docs/intro.pod


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 (--cgoto=0) to disable the computed-goto
core, at a slight cost in runtime speed.


For documentation on the user-visible changes between this version and
previous versions, please see NEWS.


The mailing list for parrot is Subscribe by
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It is archived at

The old development list is archived at
and available via NNTP at nntp://

You can also read the (old) list via Google Groups at


See F<docs/submissions.pod> for more information on reporting bugs and
submitting patches.


The following web sites have all the information you need about Parrot:

And Perl6:

Have fun,
   The Parrot Team.
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