This file contains instructions how to build Perl under BeOS and lists
       known problems.

       I have built and tested Perl 5.8.6 and 5.9.1 under BeOS R5 x86 net
       server.  I can't say anything with regard to PPC. Since Perl 5.8.0 had
       been released for BeOS BONE, I suspect, there is a good chance, that it
       still compiles on a BONE system. The only change I've made, that
       affects BONE systems is the recognition of whether it is a BONE system
       or not in "hints/". Now network socket support should remain
       enabled on BONE systems. This might as well break the build, though.

       As more recent versions of autoconf require flock() support, I wrote a
       flock() emulation (flock_server) and released it on BeBits:


       If you want to build a Perl with flock() support, you have to install
       this package first.

       With flock() support:

               CFLAGS=-I/path/to/flock/server/headers ./configure.gnu \

       Replace "/path/to/flock/server/headers" with the path to the directory
       containing the "flock.h" header.

       Without flock() support:

               ./configure.gnu --prefix=/boot/home/config

       With flock() support:

               make LDLOADLIBS="-lnet -lflock"

       Without flock() support:

               make LDLOADLIBS="-lnet"

       "-lnet" is needed on net server systems only and if the compiler
       doesn't add it automatically (Be's R5 gcc does, Oliver Tappe's gcc
       2.95.3 does not).

       Install all perl files:

               make install

           according to who was the last one checking the BeOS port
           and updating this file before me. Haven't checked this myself.

       o   The "t/io/fflush" test fails at #6. As far as I can tell, this is
           caused by a bug in the BeOS pipes implementation that occurs when
           starting other child processes. In the particular test case a
           "system("perl -e 0")" flushes the stdout pipe of another child

       o   The "ext/POSIX/t/waitpid" test fails at #1. After all child
           processes are gone BeOS' waitpid(-1,...) returns 0 instead of -1
           (as it should). No idea how to fix this.

       For BeOS specifics problems feel free to mail to: Ingo Weinhold

       Last update: 2004-12-16

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