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Perl Kit, Version 5 Copyright (C) 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 by Larry Wall and others All rights reserved. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either: a) the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 1, or (at your option) any later version, or b) the "Artistic License" which comes with this Kit. 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. You should have received a copy of the Artistic License with this Kit, in the file named "Artistic". If not, I'll be glad to provide one. You should also have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program in the file named "Copying". If not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA or visit their web page on the internet at http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html. For those of you that choose to use the GNU General Public License, my interpretation of the GNU General Public License is that no Perl script falls under the terms of the GPL unless you explicitly put said script under the terms of the GPL yourself. Furthermore, any object code linked with perl does not automatically fall under the terms of the GPL, provided such object code only adds definitions of subroutines and variables, and does not otherwise impair the resulting interpreter from executing any standard Perl script. I consider linking in C subroutines in this manner to be the moral equivalent of defining subroutines in the Perl language itself. You may sell such an object file as proprietary provided that you provide or offer to provide the Perl source, as specified by the GNU General Public License. (This is merely an alternate way of specifying input to the program.) You may also sell a binary produced by the dumping of a running Perl script that belongs to you, provided that you provide or offer to provide the Perl source as specified by the GPL. (The fact that a Perl interpreter and your code are in the same binary file is, in this case, a form of mere aggregation.) This is my interpretation of the GPL. If you still have concerns or difficulties understanding my intent, feel free to contact me. Of course, the Artistic License spells all this out for your protection, so you may prefer to use that. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Perl is a language that combines some of the features of C, sed, awk and shell. See the manual page for more hype. There are also many Perl books available, covering a wide variety of topics, from various publishers. See pod/perlbook.pod for more information. Please read all the directions below before you proceed any further, and then follow them carefully. After you have unpacked your kit, you should have all the files listed in MANIFEST. Installation 1) Detailed instructions are in the file "INSTALL", which you should read if you are either installing on a system resembling Unix or porting perl to another platform. For non-Unix platforms, see the corresponding README. 2) Read the manual entries before running perl. 3) IMPORTANT! Help save the world! Communicate any problems and suggested patches to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep the world in sync. If you have a problem, there's someone else out there who either has had or will have the same problem. It's usually helpful if you send the output of the "myconfig" script in the main perl directory. If you've succeeded in compiling perl, the perlbug script in the "utils" subdirectory can be used to help mail in a bug report. If possible, send in patches such that the patch program will apply them. Context diffs are the best, then normal diffs. Don't send ed scripts-- I've probably changed my copy since the version you have. The latest versions of perl are always available on the various CPAN (Comprehensive Perl Archive Network) sites around the world. See <URL:http://www.cpan.org/src/>. Just a personal note: I want you to know that I create nice things like this because it pleases the Author of my story. If this bothers you, then your notion of Authorship needs some revision. But you can use perl anyway. :-) The author.