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       Notes for building Perl under BeOS.

       General Issues with Perl on BeOS

       To compile perl under BeOS R4 x86:

               ./Configure -d

       and hit ^C when it asks you if you want to make changes to
       config.sh; edit config.sh and do the following: change
       d_socket='define' to ='undef'; remove SDBM, Errno, and
       Socket from dynamic_ext= and nonxs_ext=; add '#define bool
       short' to x2p/a2p.h;

               ../Configure -S; make; make install

               cd ~/config/lib; ln -s 5.00502/BeOS-BePC/CORE/libperl.so .

       (substitute 5.00502 with the appropriate filename)

       BeOS Release-specific Notes

       R4 x86
           Dynamic loading finally works! Yay! This means you can
           compile your own modules into perl. However, Sockets
           and Errno still don't work.  (Hopefully, sockets will
           at least work by R5, if not sooner.)

       R4 PPC
           I have not tested this. I rather severely doubt that
           dynamic loading will work. (My BeBox is in pieces
           right now, following a nasty disk crash.) You may have
           to disable dynamic loading to get the thing to compile
           at all. (use `./Configure` without -d, and say 'no' to
           'Build a shared libperl.so'.)

       Contact Information

       If you have comments, problem reports, or even patches or
       bugfixes (gasp!)  please email me.

       28 Jan 1999 Tom Spindler dogcow@isi.net

       Update 2002-05-30

       The following tests fail on 5.8.0 Perl in BeOS Personal

        t/op/lfs............................FAILED at test 17
        t/op/magic..........................FAILED at test 24

       ·   The op/magic failures look like something funny going
           on with $0 and $^X that I can't now figure out: none
           of the generated pathnames are wrong as such, they
           just seem to accumulate "./" prefixes and infixes in
           ways that define logic.

       ·   The Glob/t/basic indicates a bug in the getpw*() func­
           tions: they do not always return the correct user db

       ·   The sigaction #13 means that signal mask doesn't get
           properly restored if sigaction returns early.

       ·   The waitpid failure means that after there are no more
           child processes, waitpid is supposed to start return­
           ing -1 (and set errno to ECHILD).  In BeOS, it doesn't
           seem to.

       Disclaimer: I just installed BeOS Personal Edition 5.0 and
       the Developer Tools, that is the whole extent of my BeOS
       expertise, so please don't ask me for further help in BeOS
       Perl problems.


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