This file contains notes for building perl on the Stratus OpenVOS
       operating system.  Perl is a scripting or macro language that is
       popular on many systems.  See perlbook for a number of good books on

       These are instructions for building Perl from source.  This version of
       Perl requires the dynamic linking support that is found in OpenVOS
       Release 17.1 and thus is not supported on OpenVOS Release 17.0 or
       earlier releases.

       If you are running VOS Release 14.4.1 or later, you can obtain a pre-
       compiled, supported copy of perl by purchasing the GNU Tools product
       from Stratus Technologies.

       To build perl from its source code on the Stratus V Series platform you
       must have OpenVOS Release 17.1.0 or later, GNU Tools Release 3.5 or
       later, and the C/POSIX Runtime Libraries.

       Follow the normal instructions for building perl; e.g, enter bash, run
       the Configure script, then use "gmake" to build perl.

       1.  After you have built perl using the Configure script, ensure that
           you have modify and default write permission to ">system>ported"
           and all subdirectories.  Then type

                gmake install

       2.  While there are currently no architecture-specific extensions or
           modules distributed with perl, the following directories can be
           used to hold such files (replace the string VERSION by the
           appropriate version number):


       3.  Site-specific perl extensions and modules can be installed in one
           of two places.  Put architecture-independent files into:


           Put site-specific architecture-dependent files into one of the
           following directories:


       4.  You can examine the @INC variable from within a perl program to see
           the order in which Perl searches these directories.

   Restrictions of Perl on OpenVOS
       This port of Perl version 5 prefers Unix-style, slash-separated
       pathnames over OpenVOS-style greater-than-separated pathnames.
       OpenVOS-style pathnames should work in most contexts, but if you have

       A number of the perl self-tests fails for various reasons; generally
       these are minor and due to subtle differences between common POSIX-
       based environments and the OpenVOS POSIX environment.  Ensure that you
       conduct sufficient testing of your code to guarantee that it works
       properly in the OpenVOS environment.

       I'm offering this port "as is".  You can ask me questions, but I can't
       guarantee I'll be able to answer them.  There are some excellent books
       available on the Perl language; consult a book seller.

       If you want a supported version of perl for OpenVOS, purchase the
       OpenVOS GNU Tools product from Stratus Technologies, along with a
       support contract (or from anyone else who will sell you support).

       Paul Green (

       February 28, 2013

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