PERLAMIGA(1) Perl Programmers Reference Guide PERLAMIGA(1)
perlamiga - Perl under Amiga OS
Perl 5.8.0 cannot be built in AmigaOS. You can use either the mainte-
nance release Perl 5.6.1 or the development release Perl 5.7.2 in Ami-
gaOS. See "PERL 5.8.0 BROKEN IN AMIGAOS" if you want to help fixing
One can read this document in the following formats:
to list some (not all may be available simultaneously), or it may be
read as is: either as README.amiga, or pod/perlamiga.pod.
A recent version of perl for the Amiga can be found at the Geek Gadgets
section of the Aminet:
Prerequisites for Compiling Perl on AmigaOS
Unix emulation for AmigaOS: ixemul.library
You need the Unix emulation for AmigaOS, whose most important
part is ixemul.library. For a minimum setup, get the latest ver-
sions of the following packages from the Aminet archives (
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
Starting Perl programs under AmigaOS
Start your Perl program foo with arguments "arg1 arg2 arg3" the same
way as on any other platform, by
perl foo arg1 arg2 arg3
If you want to specify perl options "-my_opts" to the perl itself (as
opposed to your program), use
perl -my_opts foo arg1 arg2 arg3
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
foo arg1 arg2 arg3
(Note that having *nixish full path to perl /usr/bin/perl is not neces-
sary, 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
· inplace operation (the -i switch) without backup file
· umask() works, but the correct permissions are only set when the
file is finally close()d
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.)
For installation of the Unix emulation, read the appropriate docs.
Manpages for Perl on AmigaOS
If you have "man" installed on your system, and you installed perl man-
pages, use something like this:
to access documentation for different components of Perl. Start with
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.
Perl HTML Documentation on AmigaOS
If you have some WWW browser available, you can build HTML docs. Cd to
directory with .pod files, and do like this
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".
Perl GNU Info Files on AmigaOS
Users of "Emacs" would appreciate it very much, especially with "CPerl"
mode loaded. You need to get latest "pod2info" from "CPAN", or, alter-
nately, prebuilt info pages.
Perl LaTeX Documentation on AmigaOS
Can be constructed using "pod2latex".
BUILDING PERL ON AMIGAOS
Here we discuss how to build Perl under AmigaOS.
Build Prerequisites for Perl on AmigaOS
You need to have the latest ixemul (Unix emulation for Amiga) from
Getting the Perl Source for AmigaOS
You can either get the latest perl-for-amiga source from Ninemoons and
extract it with:
tar xvzpf perl-$VERSION-src.tgz
or get the official source from CPAN:
Extract it like this
tar xvzpf perl-$VERSION.tar.gz
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.)
Making Perl on AmigaOS
Remember to use a hefty wad of stack (I use 2000000)
sh configure.gnu --prefix=/gg
Testing Perl on AmigaOS
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,
Installing the built Perl on AmigaOS
PERL 5.8.0 BROKEN IN AMIGAOS
As told above, Perl 5.6.1 was still good in AmigaOS, as was 5.7.2.
After Perl 5.7.2 (change #11423, see the Changes file, and the file
pod/perlhack.pod for how to get the individual changes) Perl dropped
its internal support for vfork(), and that was very probably the step
that broke AmigaOS (since the ixemul library has only vfork). The
build finally fails when the ext/DynaLoader is being built, and PERL
ends up as "0" in the produced Makefile, trying to run "0" does not
quite work. Also, executing miniperl in backticks seems to generate
nothing: very probably related to the (v)fork problems. Fixing the
breakage requires someone quite familiar with the ixemul library, and
how one is supposed to run external commands in AmigaOS without ffoorrkk(()).
Norbert Pueschel, email@example.com Jan-Erik Karlsson,
perl v5.8.6 2004-11-05 PERLAMIGA(1)
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