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This is Parrot, version 0.1.0
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Parrot is Copyright (C) 2001-2004 The Perl Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

LICENSE INFORMATION
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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
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See either
the GNU General Public License or the Artistic License for more details.

PREREQUISITES
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You'll need a compiler a linker and a make program of course.

You'll also need Perl 5.005 or above to run the config 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.

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

    perl Configure.pl

to run the Configure script. The Configure.pl script extracts configuration
from the running perl5 program. If you have a non-standard setup (like "long
long" integers on a 32-bit system), you should run:

    perl Configure.pl --intval=long --opcode=long

See "perl Configure.pl --help" for more options.

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

    perl Configure.pl --define=inet_aton

This 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 type

    make

or

    nmake

and the interpreter should build.

You can test parrot by running

    make test

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
with:

    perldoc -F docs/intro.pod

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

CHANGES
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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.

MAILING LISTS
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The mailing list for parrot is perl6-internals.  Subscribe by sending mail to
perl6-internals-subscribe@perl.org. It is archived at
http://nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl6.internals

WEB SITES
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The following web sites have all the Parrot information you need:
    http://dev.perl.org/
    http://cvs.perl.org/
    http://www.parrotcode.org/

Have fun,
The Parrot team.
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