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This is Parrot, version 0.1.1
Parrot is Copyright (C) 2001-2004 The Perl Foundation. All Rights Reserved.
This code is distributed under the same license as Perl 5; you can
redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either:
a) the GNU General Public License as found in the directory "LICENSES"
b) the "Artistic License" which can be found in the directory "LICENSES"
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
the GNU General Public License or the Artistic License for more details.
You'll need a C compiler, a linker and a make program of course. If you
will be building the ICU library as part of parrot (this is the
default), you will also need a C++ compiler and GNU make installed in
your PATH as either 'gmake', 'make', or 'gnumake'.
You'll also need Perl 5.6 or above to run various configure and
build scripts.
For most of the platforms that we are supporting initially,
Parrot should build out of the box.
The list of targetted platforms can be found in 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.
You may want to peruse the list of KNOWN_ISSUES to see
what other things may be unexpected.
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
See "perl --help" for more options.
For systems like HPUX that don't have inet_pton please run
perl --define=inet_aton
If you want to install Parrot into a non-standard location use
perl --prefix=/Users/foo/parrot-0.1.1
Running will generate a config.h header, a Parrot::Config
module, platform files and some Makefiles.
The file "myconfig" has an overview of configure settings.
Next, run make:
=over 4
=item For UNIX like systems that come with its own make, C<gmake> should be used
=item On windows systems, C<nmake> is used
=item On other systems, just try C<make>
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 (or C<nmake test>/C<gmake test>)
You can run the full test suite with
make fulltest
On some systems you can install parrot:
make install
This installs a bunch of files in /usr/local/parrot-$VERSION. The parrot
executable is in /usr/local/parrot-$VERSION/bin. Please note that this
feature is currently experimental. You have to link or copy the executable
somewhere into your path. Finally no dynamic extensions from
runtime/parrot/dynext are installed, albeit dynamic extensions are searched
for in the installed directory structure.
Look at docs/parrot.pod and docs/intro.pod for where to go from here.
If you have any problems, see the section "Reporting Problems" in
docs/intro.pod. These documents are in POD format. You can view these files
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 full changelog is (or should be)
available as ChangeLog.
The mailing list for parrot is perl6-internals. Subscribe by sending mail to It is archived at
The following web sites have all the Parrot information you need:
Have fun,
The Parrot team.
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