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1 If you read this file _as_is_, just ignore the funny characters you
2 see. It is written in the POD format (see pod/perlpod.pod) which is
3 specially designed to be readable as is.
5 =head1 NAME
7 perlvos - Perl for Stratus OpenVOS
9 =head1 SYNOPSIS
11 This file contains notes for building perl on the Stratus OpenVOS
12 operating system. Perl is a scripting or macro language that is
13 popular on many systems. See L<perlbook> for a number of good books
14 on Perl.
16 These are instructions for building Perl from source. This version of
17 Perl requires the dynamic linking support that is found in OpenVOS
18 Release 17.1 and thus is not supported on OpenVOS Release 17.0 or
19 earlier releases.
21 If you are running VOS Release 14.4.1 or later, you can obtain a
22 pre-compiled, supported copy of perl by purchasing the GNU Tools
23 product from Stratus Technologies.
25 =head1 BUILDING PERL FOR OPENVOS
27 To build perl from its source code on the Stratus V Series platform
28 you must have OpenVOS Release 17.1.0 or later, GNU Tools Release
29 3.5 or later, and the C/POSIX Runtime Libraries.
31 Follow the normal instructions for building perl; e.g, enter bash, run
32 the Configure script, then use "gmake" to build perl.
34 =head1 INSTALLING PERL IN OPENVOS
36 =over 4
38 =item 1
40 After you have built perl using the Configure script, ensure that you
41 have modify and default write permission to C<< >system>ported >> and
42 all subdirectories. Then type
44 gmake install
46 =item 2
48 While there are currently no architecture-specific extensions or
49 modules distributed with perl, the following directories can be
50 used to hold such files (replace the string VERSION by the
51 appropriate version number):
55 =item 3
57 Site-specific perl extensions and modules can be installed in one of
58 two places. Put architecture-independent files into:
62 Put site-specific architecture-dependent files into one of the
63 following directories:
67 =item 4
69 You can examine the @INC variable from within a perl program
70 to see the order in which Perl searches these directories.
74 =head1 USING PERL IN OPENVOS
76 =head2 Restrictions of Perl on OpenVOS
78 This port of Perl version 5 prefers Unix-style, slash-separated
79 pathnames over OpenVOS-style greater-than-separated pathnames.
80 OpenVOS-style pathnames should work in most contexts, but if you have
81 trouble, replace all greater-than characters by slash characters.
82 Because the slash character is used as a pathname delimiter, Perl
83 cannot process OpenVOS pathnames containing a slash character in a
84 directory or file name; these must be renamed.
86 This port of Perl also uses Unix-epoch date values internally.
87 As long as you are dealing with ASCII character string
88 representations of dates, this should not be an issue. The
89 supported epoch is January 1, 1980 to January 17, 2038.
91 See the file pod/perlport.pod for more information about the OpenVOS
92 port of Perl.
94 =head1 TEST STATUS
96 A number of the perl self-tests fails for various reasons; generally
97 these are minor and due to subtle differences between common
98 POSIX-based environments and the OpenVOS POSIX environment. Ensure
99 that you conduct sufficient testing of your code to guarantee that it
100 works properly in the OpenVOS environment.
102 =head1 SUPPORT STATUS
104 I'm offering this port "as is". You can ask me questions, but I
105 can't guarantee I'll be able to answer them. There are some
106 excellent books available on the Perl language; consult a book
109 If you want a supported version of perl for OpenVOS, purchase the
110 OpenVOS GNU Tools product from Stratus Technologies, along with a
111 support contract (or from anyone else who will sell you support).
113 =head1 AUTHOR
115 Paul Green (Paul.Green@stratus.com)
117 =head1 LAST UPDATE
119 February 28, 2013