multiview perlamiga.guide to list some (not all may be available simultaneously), or it may be read as is: either as README .amiga, or pod/perlamiga.pod.
Unix emulation for AmigaOS: ixemul.library
ixemul-env-bin pdksh-bin Note also that this is a minimum setup; you might want to add other packages of ADE (the Amiga Developers Environment).
Version of Amiga OS
You need at the very least AmigaOS version 2.0. Recommended is version 3.1.
Starting Perl programs under AmigaOS
Start your Perl program foo with arguments arg1 arg2 arg3 the same way as on any other platform, by
If you want to specify perl options -my_opts to the perl itself (as opposed to to your program), use
Alternately, you can try to get a replacement for the system's Execute command that honors the #!/usr/bin/perl syntax in scripts and set the s-Bit of your scripts. Then you can invoke your scripts like under UNIX with
(Note that having *nixish full path to perl /usr/bin/perl is not necessary, perl would be enough, but having full path would make it easier to use your script under *nix.)
Shortcomings of Perl under AmigaOS
Perl under AmigaOS lacks some features of perl under UNIX because of deficiencies in the UNIX-emulation, most notably:
some features of the UNIX filesystem regarding link count and file dates
inplace operation (the -i switch) without backup file
Change to the installation directory (most probably ADE: ), and extract the binary distribution:
lha -mraxe x perl-$VERSION-bin.lha
tar xvzpf perl-$VERSION-bin.tgz
(Of course you need lha or tar and gunzip for this.)
Note: You have to modify your man.conf file to search for manpages in the /ade/lib/perl5/man/man3 directory, or the man pages for the perl library will not be found.
Note that dot (.) is used as a package separator for documentation for packages, and as usual, sometimes you need to give the section - 3 above - to avoid shadowing by the less(1) manpage.
If you have some WWW browser available, you can build HTML docs. Cd to directory with .pod files, and do like this
pod2html After this you can direct your browser the file perl.html in this directory, and go ahead with reading docs.
Alternatively you may be able to get these docs prebuilt from CPAN.
GNU info files
Users of Emacs would appreciate it very much, especially with CPerl mode loaded. You need to get latest pod2info from CPAN, or, alternately, prebuilt info pages.
Here we discuss how to build Perl under AmigaOS.
You need to have the latest ixemul (Unix emulation for Amiga) from Aminet.
Getting the perl source
Extract it like this
You will see a message about errors while extracting Configure. This is normal and expected. (There is a conflict with a similarly-named file configure, but it causes no harm.)
remember to use a healthy sized stack (I used 2000000)
your PATH environment variable must include /bin (e.g. ``.:/bin'' is good) (or, more precisely, it must include the directory where you have your basic UNIX utilities like test, cat, sed, and so on)
a for loop near line 75, an egrep near line 161, and a for loop near line 175. In all those spots using an editor change the $cat to /bin/cat.
now type make depend
and delete all lines down to # WARNING: Put....
now go to the x2p directory
Some tests will be skipped because they need the fork() function:
io/pipe.t, op/fork.t, lib/filehand.t, lib/open2.t, lib/open3.t, lib/io_pipe.t, lib/io_sock.t
Installing the built perl