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perlepoc



SYNOPSIS

       Perl 5 README file for the EPOC Release 5 operating sys­
       tem.


INTRODUCTION

       EPOC is an OS for palmtops and mobile phones. For more
       informations look at: http://www.symbian.com/

       This is a port of perl to the epocemx SDK by Eberhard Mat­
       tes, which itself uses the SDK by symbian. Essentially
       epocemx it is a POSIX look alike environment for the EPOC
       OS.  For more information look at: http://epocemx.source­
       forge.net/

       perl and epocemx runs on Epoc Release 5 machines: Psion
       5mx, 5mx Pro, Psion Revo, Psion Netbook and on the Ericson
       M128. It may run on Epoc Release 3 Hardware (Series 5
       classic), too. For more information about this hardware
       please refer to http://www.psion.com/

       Vendors which like to have support for their devices are
       free to send me a sample.


INSTALLING PERL ON EPOC

       You can download a ready-to-install version from
       http://www.oflebbe.de/oflebbe/perl/

       You will need at least ~6MB free space in order to install
       and run perl.

       Please install the emxusr.sis package from
       http://epocemx.sourceforge.net/ first.

       Install perl.sis on the EPOC machine. If you do not know
       how to do that, consult your PsiWin documentation.

       Perl itself and its standard library is using 4 MB disk
       space.  Unicode support and some other modules are left
       out. (For details, please look into epoc/createpkg.pl). If
       you like to use these modules, you are free to copy them
       from a current perl release.


STARTING PERL ON EPOC

       Please use the epocemx shell to start perl. perl inte­
       grates with the conventions of epocemx.

       Editors on Epoc

       A suitable text editor can be downloaded from symbian
       http://www.symbian.com/developer/downloads/files/edi­
       tor.zip

           sysread and syswrite on them. The commands read,
           write, print, <> do not work for sockets. This may
           change iff epocemx supports sockets.

       ·   kill, alarm and signals. Do not try to use them. This
           may be impossible to implement on EPOC.

       ·   select is missing.

       ·   binmode does not exist. (No CR LF to LF translation
           for text files)

       ·   EPOC does not handle the notion of current drive and
           current directory very well (i.e. not at all, but it
           tries hard to emulate one). See PATH.

       ·   Heap is limited to 4MB.

       ·   Dynamic loading is not implemented.

       Compiling Perl 5 on the EPOC cross compiling environment

       Sorry, this is far too short.

       ·   You will need the epocemx SDK from Eberhard Mattes.

       ·   Get the Perl sources from your nearest CPAN site.

       ·   Unpack the sources.

       ·   Build a native perl from this sources... Make sure to
           save the miniperl executable as miniperl.native.

           Start again from scratch

                 cp epoc/* .
                 ./Configure -S
                 make
                 cp miniperl.native miniperl
                 touch miniperl.exe
                 make
                 perl createpkg.pl

                 emxsis perl.pkg perl.sis


SUPPORT STATUS OF PERL ON EPOC

       I'm offering this port "as is". You can ask me questions,
       but I can't guarantee I'll be able to answer them. Since
       the port to epocemx is quite new, please check the web for
       updates first.

       Very special thanks to Eberhard Mattes for epocemx.

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