README.mpeix - Perl/iX for HP e3000 MPE
http://www.bixby.org/mark/perlix.html http://jazz.external.hp.com/src/hp_freeware/perl/ Perl language for MPE Last updated June 2, 2000 @ 0400 UTC
This is a podified version of the above-mentioned web page, podified by Jarkko Hietaniemi 2001-Jan-01.
The simplest way to obtain Perl for the MPE/iX is to go either of these URLs and follow the instructions within.
Use which ever one is more recent.
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Now bundled with various add-on packages:
libwww-perl (LWP) which lets Perl programs behave like web browsers:
1. #!/PERL/PUB/perl 2. use LWP::Simple; 3. $doc = get('http://www.bixby.org/mark/perlix.html'); # reads the web page into variable $doc
mod_perl (just the perl portion; the actual DSO will be released soon with Apache/iX 1.3.12 from bixby.org). This module allows you to write high performance persistent Perl CGI scripts and all sorts of cool things. (http://perl.apache.org/)
and much much more hiding under /PERL/PUB/.cpan/
The CPAN module now works for automatic downloading and installing of add-on packages:
1. export FTP_PASSIVE=1 2. perl -MCPAN -e shell 3. Ignore any terminal I/O related complaints!
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This is the official home page for the HP e3000 MPE/iX ( http://www.hp.com/go/e3000 ) port of the Perl scripting language ( http://www.perl.com/ ) which gives you all of the power of C, awk, sed, and sh in a single language. Check here for the latest news, implemented functionality, known bugs, to-do list, etc. Status reports about major milestones will also be posted to the HP3000-L mailing list ( http://www.lsoft.com/scripts/wl.exe?SL1=HP3000-L&H=RAVEN.UTC.EDU ) and its associated gatewayed newsgroup comp.sys.hp.mpe.
I'm doing this port because I can't live without Perl on the Unix machines that I administer, and I want to have the same power available to me on MPE.
Please send your comments, questions, and bug reports directly to me, Mark Bixby ( http://www.bixby.org/mark/ ), by e-mailing to email@example.com. Or just post them to HP3000-L.
The platform I'm using to do this port is an HP 3000 957RX running MPE/iX 6.0 and using the GNU gcc C compiler ( http://jazz.external.hp.com/src/gnu/gnuframe.html ).
The combined porting wisdom from all of my ports can be found in my MPE/iX Porting Guide (http://www.bixby.org/mark/porting.html).
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Yes, I do work for the HP CSY R&D lab, but ALL of the software you download from bixby.org is my personal freeware that is NOT supported by HP.
Download Perl using FTP.ARPA.SYS from your HP 3000 (the preferred method).....
:HELLO MANAGER.SYS :XEQ FTP.ARPA.SYS open ftp.bixby.org anonymous firstname.lastname@example.org bytestream cd /pub/mpe get perl-5.6.0-mpe.tar.Z /tmp/perl.tar.Z;disc=2147483647 exit
.....Or download using some other generic web or ftp client (the alternate method)
Download the following files (make sure that you use "binary mode" or whatever client feature that is 8-bit clean):
Upload those files to your HP 3000 in an 8-bit clean bytestream manner to:
Then extract the installation script (after both download methods)
:CHDIR /tmp :XEQ TAR.HPBIN.SYS 'xvfopz /tmp/perl.tar.Z INSTALL'
Edit the installation script
Examine the accounting structure creation commands and modify if necessary (adding additional capabilities, choosing a non-system volume set, etc).
:XEQ VI.HPBIN.SYS /tmp/INSTALL
Run the installation script.
The accounting structure will be created and then all files will be extracted from the archive.
:XEQ SH.HPBIN.SYS /tmp/INSTALL
Convert your *.a system archive libraries to *.sl shared libraries
You only have to do this ONCE on your MPE/iX 5.5 machine in order to convert /lib/lib*.a and /usr/lib/lib*.a libraries to their *.sl equivalents. This step should not be necessary on MPE/iX 6.0 or later machines because the 6.0 or later update process does it for you.
:XEQ SH.HPBIN.SYS /PERL/PUB/LIBSHP3K
The summary test results from "cd t; ./perl -I../lib harness":
Failed Test Status Wstat Total Fail Failed List of failed --------------------------------------------------------------------------- io/fs.t 29 8 27.59% 2-5, 7-9, 11 io/openpid.t 10 1 10.00% 7 lib/io_sock.t 14 1 7.14% 13 lib/io_udp.t 7 2 28.57% 3, 5 lib/posix.t 27 1 3.70% 12 op/lex_assign.t 187 1 0.53% 13 op/stat.t 58 1 1.72% 3 15 tests and 94 subtests skipped. Failed 7/236 test scripts, 97.03% okay. 15/11306 subtests failed, 99.87% okay.
Create your Perl script files with "#!/PERL/PUB/perl" (or an equivalent symbolic link) as the first line. Use the chmod command to make sure that your script has execute permission. Run your script!
Be sure to take a look at the CPAN module list ( http://www.cpan.org/CPAN.html ). A wide variety of free Perl software is available. You can automatically download these packages by using the CPAN module ( http://theoryx5.uwinnipeg.ca/CPAN/data/perl/CPAN.html ).
There some minor functionality issues to be aware of when comparing Perl for Unix (Perl/UX) to Perl/iX:
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Mark Bixby, email@example.com