This document will help you Configure, build, test and install Perl on
       OS/390 (aka z/OS) Unix System Services.

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       This is a fully ported Perl for OS/390 Version 2 Release 3, 5, 6, 7, 8,
       and 9.  It may work on other versions or releases, but those are the
       ones we've tested it on.

       You may need to carry out some system configuration tasks before
       running the Configure script for Perl.

       The z/OS Unix Tools and Toys list may prove helpful and contains links
       to ports of much of the software helpful for building Perl.

   Unpacking Perl distribution on OS/390
       If using ftp remember to transfer the distribution in binary format.

       Gunzip/gzip for OS/390 is discussed at:

       to extract an ASCII tar archive on OS/390, try this:

          pax -o to=IBM-1047,from=ISO8859-1 -r < latest.tar


          zcat latest.tar.Z | pax -o to=IBM-1047,from=ISO8859-1 -r

       If you get lots of errors of the form

         tar: FSUM7171 ...: cannot set uid/gid: EDC5139I Operation not permitted.

       you didn't read the above and tried to use tar instead of pax, you'll
       first have to remove the (now corrupt) perl directory

          rm -rf perl-...

       and then use pax.

   Setup and utilities for Perl on OS/390
       Be sure that your yacc installation is in place including any necessary
       parser template files. If you have not already done so then be sure to:

         cp /samples/yyparse.c /etc

       This may also be a good time to ensure that your /etc/protocol file and
       either your /etc/resolv.conf or /etc/hosts files are in place.  The IBM
       make (as well as Perl and Apache) in the red-piece/book "Open Source
       Software for OS/390 UNIX", SG24-5944-00 from IBM.

       If instead of the recommended GNU make you would like to use the system
       supplied make program then be sure to install the default rules file
       properly via the shell command:

           cp /samples/ /etc

       and be sure to also set the environment variable _C89_CCMODE=1
       (exporting _C89_CCMODE=1 is also a good idea for users of GNU make).

       You might also want to have GNU groff for OS/390 installed before
       running the "make install" step for Perl.

       There is a syntax error in the /usr/include/sys/socket.h header file
       that IBM supplies with USS V2R7, V2R8, and possibly V2R9.  The problem
       with the header file is that near the definition of the SO_REUSEPORT
       constant there is a spurious extra '/' character outside of a comment
       like so:

        #define SO_REUSEPORT    0x0200    /* allow local address & port
                                             reuse */                    /

       You could edit that header yourself to remove that last '/', or you
       might note that Language Environment (LE) APAR PQ39997 describes the
       problem and PTF's UQ46272 and UQ46271 are the (R8 at least) fixes and
       apply them.  If left unattended that syntax error will turn up as an
       inability for Perl to build its "Socket" extension.

       For successful testing you may need to turn on the sticky bit for your
       world readable /tmp directory if you have not already done so (see man

   Configure Perl on OS/390
       Once you've unpacked the distribution, run "sh Configure" (see INSTALL
       for a full discussion of the Configure options).  There is a "hints"
       file for os390 that specifies the correct values for most things.  Some
       things to watch out for include:

       o   A message of the form:

            (I see you are using the Korn shell.  Some ksh's blow up on Configure,
            mainly on older exotic systems.  If yours does, try the Bourne shell instead.)

           is nothing to worry about at all.

       o   Some of the parser default template files in /samples are needed in
           /etc.  In particular be sure that you at least copy
           /samples/yyparse.c to /etc before running Perl's Configure.  This
           step ensures successful extraction of EBCDIC versions of parser
           files such as perly.c and perly.h.  This has to be done before
           running Configure the first time.  If you failed to do so then the
           easiest way to re-Configure Perl is to delete your misconfigured
           see an error message similar to:

            CEE3501S The module libperl.dll was not found.
                    From entry point __dllstaticinit at compile unit offset +00000194 at

           then your LIBPATH does not have the location of libperl.x and
           either libperl.dll or in it.  Add that directory to your
           LIBPATH and proceed.

       o   Do not turn on the compiler optimization flag "-O".  There is a bug
           in either the optimizer or perl that causes perl to not work
           correctly when the optimizer is on.

       o   Some of the configuration files in /etc used by the networking APIs
           are either missing or have the wrong names.  In particular, make
           sure that there's either an /etc/resolv.conf or an /etc/hosts, so
           that gethostbyname() works, and make sure that the file /etc/proto
           has been renamed to /etc/protocol (NOT /etc/protocols, as used by
           other Unix systems).  You may have to look for things like HOSTNAME
           and DOMAINORIGIN in the "//'SYS1.TCPPARMS(TCPDATA)'" PDS member in
           order to properly set up your /etc networking files.

   Build, Test, Install Perl on OS/390
       Simply put:

           sh Configure
           make test

       if everything looks ok (see the next section for test/IVP diagnosis)

           make install

       this last step may or may not require UID=0 privileges depending on how
       you answered the questions that Configure asked and whether or not you
       have write access to the directories you specified.

   Build Anomalies with Perl on OS/390
       "Out of memory!" messages during the build of Perl are most often fixed
       by re building the GNU make utility for OS/390 from a source code kit.

       Another memory limiting item to check is your MAXASSIZE parameter in
       your 'SYS1.PARMLIB(BPXPRMxx)' data set (note too that as of V2R8
       address space limits can be set on a per user ID basis in the USS
       segment of a RACF profile).  People have reported successful builds of
       Perl with MAXASSIZE parameters as small as 503316480 (and it may be
       possible to build Perl with a MAXASSIZE smaller than that).

       Within USS your /etc/profile or $HOME/.profile may limit your ulimit
       settings.  Check that the following command returns reasonable values:

           ulimit -a

       o   A message of the form:

            io/openpid...........CEE5210S The signal SIGHUP was received.
            CEE5210S The signal SIGHUP was received.
            CEE5210S The signal SIGHUP was received.

           indicates that the t/io/openpid.t test of Perl has passed but done
           so with extraneous messages on stderr from CEE.

       o   A message of the form:

            lib/ftmp-security....File::Temp::_gettemp: Parent directory (/tmp/) is not safe
            (sticky bit not set when world writable?) at lib/ftmp-security.t line 100
            File::Temp::_gettemp: Parent directory (/tmp/) is not safe (sticky bit not
            set when world writable?) at lib/ftmp-security.t line 100

           indicates a problem with the permissions on your /tmp directory
           within the HFS.  To correct that problem issue the command:

                chmod a+t /tmp

           from an account with write access to the directory entry for /tmp.

       o   Out of Memory!

           Recent perl test suite is quite memory hungry. In addition to the
           comments above on memory limitations it is also worth checking for
           _CEE_RUNOPTS in your environment. Perl now has (in miniperlmain.c)
           a C #pragma to set CEE run options, but the environment variable

           The C code asks for:

            #pragma runopts(HEAP(2M,500K,ANYWHERE,KEEP,8K,4K) STACK(,,ANY,) ALL31(ON))

           The important parts of that are the second argument (the increment)
           to HEAP, and allowing the stack to be "Above the (16M) line". If
           the heap increment is too small then when perl (for example loading
           unicode/ tries to create a "big" (400K+) string it cannot
           fit in a single segment and you get "Out of Memory!" - even if
           there is still plenty of memory available.

           A related issue is use with perl's malloc. Perl's malloc uses
           "sbrk()" to get memory, and "sbrk()" is limited to the first
           allocation so in this case something like:


           is needed to get through the test suite.

   Installation Anomalies with Perl on OS/390
       #!/path/to/perl script invocation.  There is a PTF available from IBM
       for V2R7 that will allow shell/kernel support for #!.  USS releases
       prior to V2R7 did not support the #! means of script invocation.  If
       you are running V2R6 or earlier then see:

           head `whence perldoc`

       for an example of how to use the "eval exec" trick to ask the shell to
       have Perl run your scripts on those older releases of Unix System

       If you are having trouble with square brackets then consider switching
       your rlogin or telnet client.  Try to avoid older 3270 emulators and
       ISHELL for working with Perl on USS.

   Floating Point Anomalies with Perl on OS/390
       There appears to be a bug in the floating point implementation on S/390
       systems such that calling int() on the product of a number and a small
       magnitude number is not the same as calling int() on the quotient of
       that number and a large magnitude number.  For example, in the
       following Perl code:

           my $x = 100000.0;
           my $y = int($x * 1e-5) * 1e5; # '0'
           my $z = int($x / 1e+5) * 1e5;  # '100000'
           print "\$y is $y and \$z is $z\n"; # $y is 0 and $z is 100000

       Although one would expect the quantities $y and $z to be the same and
       equal to 100000 they will differ and instead will be 0 and 100000

       The problem can be further examined in a roughly equivalent C program:

           #include <stdio.h>
           #include <math.h>
           double r1,r2;
           double x = 100000.0;
           double y = 0.0;
           double z = 0.0;
           x = 100000.0 * 1e-5;
           r1 = modf (x,&y);
           x = 100000.0 / 1e+5;
           r2 = modf (x,&z);
           printf("y is %e and z is %e\n",y*1e5,z*1e5);
           /* y is 0.000000e+00 and z is 1.000000e+05 (with c89) */

   Modules and Extensions for Perl on OS/390
       Pure pure (that is non xs) modules may be installed via the usual:

           perl Makefile.PL
           make perl
           make test
           make install
           make -f Makefile.aperl inst_perl MAP_TARGET=perl

       In most cases people have reported better results with GNU make rather
       than the system's /bin/make program, whether for plain modules or for
       xs based extensions.

       If the make process encounters trouble with either compilation or
       linking then try setting the _C89_CCMODE to 1.  Assuming sh is your
       login shell then run:

           export _C89_CCMODE=1

       If tcsh is your login shell then use the setenv command.

       David Fiander and Peter Prymmer with thanks to Dennis Longnecker and
       William Raffloer for valuable reports, LPAR and PTF feedback.  Thanks
       to Mike MacIsaac and Egon Terwedow for SG24-5944-00.  Thanks to Ignasi
       Roca for pointing out the floating point problems.  Thanks to John
       Goodyear for dynamic loading help.

       INSTALL, perlport, perlebcdic, ExtUtils::MakeMaker.







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       Updated 24 January 2001 to mention dynamic loading.

       Updated 12 March 2001 to mention //'SYS1.TCPPARMS(TCPDATA)'.

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