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This is Parrot, version 1.8.0
Parrot is Copyright (C) 2001-2009, Parrot 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, and Storable 2.12 or newer
for running various configure and build scripts.
For most of the platforms that we are supporting initially, Parrot should build
out of the box. docs/parrot.pod lists the core platforms.
PLATFORMS provides reports on the platforms on which Parrot has been built and tested.
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).
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.
You can install Parrot with:
make install
By default, this installs in /usr/local, with the Parrot executable in
/usr/local/bin. If you want to install Parrot into another 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.
If you want to build high level languages on top of Parrot, you should
also run
make install-dev
to install development files which compilers need in their build process.
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
filling out the form at
It is archived 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:
Have fun,
The Parrot Team.
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