README.epoc - Perl for EPOC
Perl 5 README file for the EPOC Release 5 operating system.
EPOC is an OS for palmtops and mobile phones. For more informations look at: http://www.symbian.com/
This is a port of perl to the epocemx SDK by Eberhard Mattes, which itselfs uses the SDK by symbian. Essentially epocemx it is a POSIX look alike environment for the EPOC OS. For more informations look at: http://www.windhager.de/~mattes/epocemx/
perl and epocemx runs on Epoc Release 5 machines: Psion 5mx, 5mx Pro, Psion Revo, Psion Netbook and on the Ericson M128. It may run on Epoc Release 3 Hardware (Series 5 classic), too. For more information about this hardware please refer to http://www.psion.com/
Vendors which like to have support for their devices are free to send me a sample.
You can download a ready-to-install version from http://www.science-computing.de/o.flebbe/perl/
You will need at least ~6MB free space in order to install and run perl.
Please install the emxusr.sis package from http://www.windhager.de/~mattes/epocemx/ first.
Install perl.sis on the EPOC machine. If you do not know how to do that, consult your PsiWin documentation.
Perl itself and its standard library is using 4 MB disk space. Unicode support and some other modules are left out. (For details, please look into epoc/createpkg.pl). If you like to use these modules, you are free to copy them from a current perl release.
Please use the epocemx shell to start perl. perl integrates with the conventions of epocemx.
A suitable text editor can be downloaded from symbian http://www.symbian.com/developer/downloads/files/editor.zip
The built-in function EPOC::getcwd returns the current directory.
Features are left out, because of restrictions of the POSIX support in EPOC:
Sorry, this is far too short.
Build a native perl from this sources... Make sure to save the miniperl executable as miniperl.native.
Start again from scratch
cp epoc/* . ./Configure -S make cp miniperl.native miniperl touch miniperl.exe make perl createpkg.pl
emxsis perl.pkg perl.sis
I'm offering this port "as is". You can ask me questions, but I can't guarantee I'll be able to answer them. Since the port to epocemx is quite new, please check the web for updates first.
Very special thanks to Eberhard Mattes for epocemx.
Olaf Flebbe <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.science-computing.de/o.flebbe/perl/