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=head1 NAME

Install - Build and Installation guide for perl5.


First, make sure you are installing an up-to-date version of Perl.   If
you didn't get your Perl source from CPAN, check the latest version at

The basic steps to build and install perl5 on a Unix system
with all the defaults are:

	rm -f
	sh Configure -de
	make test
	make install

	# You may also wish to add these:
	(cd /usr/include && h2ph *.h sys/*.h)
	(installhtml --help)
	(cd pod && make tex  && <process the latex files>)

Each of these is explained in further detail below.

B<NOTE>: starting from the release 5.6.0, Perl uses a version
scheme where even-numbered subreleases (like 5.6 and 5.8) are stable
maintenance releases and odd-numbered subreleases (like 5.7) are
unstable development releases.  Development releases should not be
used in production environments.  Fixes and new features are first
carefully tested in development releases and only if they prove
themselves to be worthy will they be migrated to the maintenance

The above commands will install Perl to /usr/local (or some other
platform-specific directory -- see the appropriate file in hints/.)
If that's not okay with you, use

	rm -f
	sh Configure
	make test
	make install

For information on non-Unix systems, see the section on L<"Porting
information"> below.

If "make install" just says "`install' is up to date" or something
similar, you may be on a case-insensitive filesystems such as Mac's HFS+,
and you should say "make install-all".  (This confusion is brought to you
by the Perl distribution having a file called INSTALL.)

If you have problems, corrections, or questions, please see
L<"Reporting Problems"> below.

For information on what's new in this release, see the
pod/perldelta.pod file.  For more detailed information about specific
changes, see the Changes file.


This document is written in pod format as an easy way to indicate its
structure.  The pod format is described in pod/perlpod.pod, but you can
read it as is with any pager or editor.  Headings and items are marked
by lines beginning with '='.  The other mark-up used is

    B<text>     embolden text, used for switches, programs or commands
    C<code>	literal code
    L<name>     A link (cross reference) to name

Although most of the defaults are probably fine for most users,
you should probably at least skim through this entire document before

If you're building Perl on a non-Unix system, you should also read
the README file specific to your operating system, since this may
provide additional or different instructions for building Perl. There
are also README files for several flavors of Unix systems, such as
Solaris, HP-UX, and AIX; if you have one of those systems, you should
also read the README file specific to that system.

If there is a hint file for your system (in the hints/ directory) you
should also read that hint file for specific information for your
system.  (Unixware users should use the hint file.)
Additional information is in the Porting/ directory.

=head1 WARNING:  This version requires an extra step to build old extensions.

5.005_53 and later releases do not export unadorned
global symbols anymore.  This means you may need to build rather old
extensions that have not been updated for the current naming convention

	perl Makefile.PL POLLUTE=1

Alternatively, you can enable CPP symbol pollution wholesale by
building perl itself with:

	sh Configure -Accflags=-DPERL_POLLUTE

pod/perl56delta.pod contains more details about this.

=head1 WARNING:  This version is not binary compatible with releases of
Perl prior to 5.8.0.

If you have built extensions (i.e. modules that include C code)
using an earlier version of Perl, you will need to rebuild and reinstall
those extensions.

Pure perl modules without XS or C code should continue to work fine
without reinstallation.  See the discussions below on
L<"Coexistence with earlier versions of perl5"> and
L<"Upgrading from 5.005 or 5.6 to 5.8.0"> for more details.

The standard extensions supplied with Perl will be handled automatically.

On a related issue, old modules may possibly be affected by the
changes in the Perl language in the current release.  Please see
pod/perldelta.pod (and the earlier pod/perl5Xdelta.pod) for a description of
what's changed.  See your installed copy of the perllocal.pod
file for a (possibly incomplete) list of locally installed modules.
Also see CPAN::autobundle for one way to make a "bundle" of your
currently installed modules.

=head1 WARNING:  This version requires a compiler that supports ANSI C.

Most C compilers are now ANSI-compliant.  However, a few current
computers are delivered with an older C compiler expressly for
rebuilding the system kernel, or for some other historical reason.
Alternatively, you may have an old machine which was shipped before
ANSI compliance became widespread.  Such compilers are not suitable
for building Perl.

If you find that your default C compiler is not ANSI-capable, but you
know that an ANSI-capable compiler is installed on your system, you
can tell F<Configure> to use the correct compiler by means of the
C<-Dcc=> command-line option -- see L<"gcc">.

If do not have an ANSI-capable compiler there are a couple of avenues
open to you:

=over 4

=item *

You may try obtaining GCC, available from GNU mirrors worldwide,
listed at <URL:>.  If, rather than
building gcc from source code, you locate a binary version configured
for your platform, be sure that it is compiled for the version of the
operating system that you are using.

=item *

You may purchase a commercial ANSI C compiler from your system
supplier or elsewhere.  (Or your organization may already have
licensed such software -- ask your colleagues to find out how to
access it.)  If there is a README file for your system in the Perl
distribution (for example, F<README.hpux>), it may contain advice on
suitable compilers.


Although Perl can be compiled using a C++ compiler, the Configure script
does not work with some C++ compilers.

=head1 Space Requirements

The complete perl5 source tree takes up about 50 MB of disk space.
After completing make, it takes up roughly 100 MB, though the actual
total is likely to be quite system-dependent.  The installation
directories need something on the order of 45 MB, though again that
value is system-dependent.

=head1 Start with a Fresh Distribution

If you have built perl before, you should clean out the build directory
with the command

	make distclean


	make realclean

The only difference between the two is that make distclean also removes
your old and files.

The results of a Configure run are stored in the and
files.  If you are upgrading from a previous version of perl, or if you
change systems or compilers or make other significant changes, or if
you are experiencing difficulties building perl, you should probably
not re-use your old  Simply remove it

	rm -f

If you wish to use your old, be especially attentive to the
version and architecture-specific questions and answers.  For example,
the default directory for architecture-dependent library modules
includes the version name.  By default, Configure will reuse your old
name (e.g. /opt/perl/lib/i86pc-solaris/5.003) even if you're running
Configure for a different version, e.g. 5.004.  Yes, Configure should
probably check and correct for this, but it doesn't.
Similarly, if you used a shared (see below) with version
numbers, you will probably want to adjust them as well.

Also, be careful to check your architecture name.  For example, some
Linux distributions use i386, while others may use i486.  If you build
it yourself, Configure uses the output of the arch command, which
might be i586 or i686 instead.  If you pick up a precompiled binary, or
compile extensions on different systems, they might not all agree on
the architecture name.

In short, if you wish to use your old, I recommend running
Configure interactively rather than blindly accepting the defaults.

If your reason to reuse your old is to save your particular
installation choices, then you can probably achieve the same effect by
using the file.  See the section on L<"Site-wide Policy
settings"> below.  If you wish to start with a fresh distribution, you
also need to remove any old files you may have with

	rm -f

=head1 Run Configure

Configure will figure out various things about your system.  Some
things Configure will figure out for itself, other things it will ask
you about.  To accept the default, just press RETURN.   The default is
almost always okay.  It is normal for some things to be "NOT found",
since Configure often searches for many different ways of performing
the same function.

At any Configure prompt, you can type  &-d and Configure will use the
defaults from then on.

After it runs, Configure will perform variable substitution on all the
*.SH files and offer to run make depend.

=head2 Altering variables for C compiler switches etc.

For most users, all of the Configure defaults are fine.  Configure
also has several convenient options which are described below.
However, if Configure doesn't have an option to do what you want,
you can change Configure variables after the platform hints have been
run, by using Configure's -A switch.  For example, here's how to add
a couple of extra flags to C compiler invocations:

	sh Configure -Accflags="-DPERL_Y2KWARN -DPERL_POLLUTE_MALLOC"

For more help on Configure switches, run:

	sh Configure -h

=head2 Building Perl outside of the source directory

Sometimes it is desirable to build Perl in a directory different from
where the sources are, for example if you want to keep your sources
read-only, or if you want to share the sources between different binary
architectures.  You can do this (if your file system supports symbolic
links) by

	mkdir /tmp/perl/build/directory
	cd /tmp/perl/build/directory
	sh /path/to/perl/source/Configure -Dmksymlinks ...

This will create in /tmp/perl/build/directory a tree of symbolic links
pointing to files in /path/to/perl/source.  The original files are left
unaffected.  After Configure has finished you can just say

	make all test

and Perl will be built and tested, all in /tmp/perl/build/directory.

=head2 Common Configure options

Configure supports a number of useful options.  Run B<Configure -h> to
get a listing.  See the Porting/Glossary file for a complete list of
Configure variables you can set and their definitions.

=over 4

=item gcc

To compile with gcc you should run

	sh Configure -Dcc=gcc

This is the preferred way to specify gcc (or another alternative
compiler) so that the hints files can set appropriate defaults.

=item Installation prefix

By default, for most systems, perl will be installed in
/usr/local/{bin, lib, man}.  (See L<"Installation Directories">
and L<"Coexistence with earlier versions of perl5"> below for
further details.)

You can specify a different 'prefix' for the default installation
directory, when Configure prompts you or by using the Configure command
line option -Dprefix='/some/directory', e.g.

	sh Configure -Dprefix=/opt/perl

If your prefix contains the string "perl", then the suggested
directory structure is simplified.  For example, if you use
prefix=/opt/perl, then Configure will suggest /opt/perl/lib instead of
/opt/perl/lib/perl5/.  Again, see L<"Installation Directories"> below
for more details.  Do not include a trailing slash, (i.e. /opt/perl/)
or you may experience odd test failures.

NOTE:  You must not specify an installation directory that is the same
as or below your perl source directory.  If you do, installperl will
attempt infinite recursion.

=item /usr/bin/perl

It may seem obvious, but Perl is useful only when users can easily
find it.  It's often a good idea to have both /usr/bin/perl and
/usr/local/bin/perl be symlinks to the actual binary.  Be especially
careful, however, not to overwrite a version of perl supplied by your
vendor unless you are sure you know what you are doing.

By default, Configure will arrange for /usr/bin/perl to be linked to
the current version of perl.  You can turn off that behavior by running

	Configure -Uinstallusrbinperl

or by answering 'no' to the appropriate Configure prompt.

In any case, system administrators are strongly encouraged to
put (symlinks to) perl and its accompanying utilities, such as perldoc,
into a directory typically found along a user's PATH, or in another
obvious and convenient place.

=item Overriding an old

If you want to use your old but override some of the items
with command line options, you need to use B<Configure -O>.


If you are willing to accept all the defaults, and you want terse
output, you can run

	sh Configure -des

Note: for development releases (odd subreleases, like 5.9, as opposed
to maintenance releases which have even subreleases, like 5.6 and 5.8)
if you want to use Configure -d, you will also need to supply -Dusedevel
to Configure, because the default answer to the question "do you really
want to Configure a development version?" is "no".  The -Dusedevel
skips that sanity check.

For example for my Solaris system, I usually use

	sh Configure -Dprefix=/opt/perl -Doptimize='-xpentium -xO4' -des

=head2 GNU-style configure

If you prefer the GNU-style configure command line interface, you can
use the supplied configure.gnu command, e.g.

	CC=gcc ./configure.gnu

The configure.gnu script emulates a few of the more common configure
options.  Try

	./configure.gnu --help

for a listing.

(The file is called configure.gnu to avoid problems on systems
that would not distinguish the files "Configure" and "configure".)

See L<Cross-compilation> below for information on cross-compiling.

=head2 Installation Directories

The installation directories can all be changed by answering the
appropriate questions in Configure.  For convenience, all the
installation questions are near the beginning of Configure.
Do not include trailing slashes on directory names.

I highly recommend running Configure interactively to be sure it puts
everything where you want it.  At any point during the Configure
process, you can answer a question with  &-d  and Configure will use
the defaults from then on.  Alternatively, you can

	grep '^install'

after Configure has run to verify the installation paths.

The defaults are intended to be reasonable and sensible for most
people building from sources.  Those who build and distribute binary
distributions or who export perl to a range of systems will probably
need to alter them.  If you are content to just accept the defaults,
you can safely skip the next section.

The directories set up by Configure fall into three broad categories.

=over 4

=item Directories for the perl distribution

By default, Configure will use the following directories for 5.8.0.
$version is the full perl version number, including subversion, e.g.
5.8.0 or 5.8.1, and $archname is a string like sun4-sunos,
determined by Configure.  The full definitions of all Configure
variables are in the file Porting/Glossary.

    Configure variable	Default value
    $prefix		/usr/local
    $bin		$prefix/bin
    $scriptdir		$prefix/bin
    $privlib		$prefix/lib/perl5/$version
    $archlib 		$prefix/lib/perl5/$version/$archname
    $man1dir		$prefix/man/man1
    $man3dir		$prefix/man/man3
    $html1dir		(none)
    $html3dir		(none)

Actually, Configure recognizes the SVR3-style
/usr/local/man/l_man/man1 directories, if present, and uses those
instead.  Also, if $prefix contains the string "perl", the library
directories are simplified as described below.  For simplicity, only
the common style is shown here.

=item Directories for site-specific add-on files

After perl is installed, you may later wish to add modules (e.g. from
CPAN) or scripts.  Configure will set up the following directories to
be used for installing those add-on modules and scripts.

    Configure variable	Default value
    $siteprefix		$prefix
    $sitebin		$siteprefix/bin
    $sitescript		$siteprefix/bin
    $sitelib		$siteprefix/lib/perl5/site_perl/$version
    $sitearch		$siteprefix/lib/perl5/site_perl/$version/$archname
    $siteman1		$siteprefix/man/man1
    $siteman3		$siteprefix/man/man3
    $sitehtml1		(none)
    $sitehtml3		(none)

By default, ExtUtils::MakeMaker will install architecture-independent
modules into $sitelib and architecture-dependent modules into $sitearch.

=item Directories for vendor-supplied add-on files

Lastly, if you are building a binary distribution of perl for
distribution, Configure can optionally set up the following directories
for you to use to distribute add-on modules.

    Configure variable	Default value
    $vendorprefix	(none)
    (The next ones are set only if vendorprefix is set.)
    $vendorbin		$vendorprefix/bin
    $vendorscript	$vendorprefix/bin
    $vendorlib		$vendorprefix/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/$version
    $vendorarch		$vendorprefix/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/$version/$archname
    $vendorman1		$vendorprefix/man/man1
    $vendorman3		$vendorprefix/man/man3
    $vendorhtml1	(none)
    $vendorhtml3	(none)

These are normally empty, but may be set as needed.  For example,
a vendor might choose the following settings:

	$prefix		/usr
	$siteprefix	/usr/local
	$vendorprefix	/usr

This would have the effect of setting the following:

	$bin		/usr/bin
	$scriptdir	/usr/bin
	$privlib	/usr/lib/perl5/$version
	$archlib 	/usr/lib/perl5/$version/$archname
	$man1dir	/usr/man/man1
	$man3dir	/usr/man/man3

	$sitebin	/usr/local/bin
	$sitescript	/usr/local/bin
	$sitelib	/usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/$version
	$sitearch	/usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/$version/$archname
	$siteman1	/usr/local/man/man1
	$siteman3	/usr/local/man/man3

	$vendorbin	/usr/bin
	$vendorscript	/usr/bin
	$vendorlib	/usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/$version
	$vendorarch	/usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/$version/$archname
	$vendorman1	/usr/man/man1
	$vendorman3	/usr/man/man3

Note how in this example, the vendor-supplied directories are in the
/usr hierarchy, while the directories reserved for the end-user are in
the /usr/local hierarchy.

The entire installed library hierarchy is installed in locations with
version numbers, keeping the installations of different versions distinct.
However, later installations of Perl can still be configured to search the
installed libraries corresponding to compatible earlier versions.
See L<"Coexistence with earlier versions of perl5"> below for more details
on how Perl can be made to search older version directories.

Of course you may use these directories however you see fit.  For
example, you may wish to use $siteprefix for site-specific files that
are stored locally on your own disk and use $vendorprefix for
site-specific files that are stored elsewhere on your organization's
network.  One way to do that would be something like

	sh Configure -Dsiteprefix=/usr/local -Dvendorprefix=/usr/share/perl

=item otherlibdirs

As a final catch-all, Configure also offers an $otherlibdirs
variable.  This variable contains a colon-separated list of additional
directories to add to @INC.  By default, it will be empty.
Perl will search these directories (including architecture and
version-specific subdirectories) for add-on modules and extensions.

For example, if you have a bundle of perl libraries from a previous 
installation, perhaps in a strange place:

	Configure -Dotherlibdirs=/usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.6.1


There is one other way of adding paths to @INC at perl build time, and
that is by setting the APPLLIB_EXP C pre-processor token to a colon-
separated list of directories, like this

       sh Configure -Accflags='-DAPPLLIB_EXP=\"/usr/libperl\"'

The directories defined by APPLLIB_EXP get added to @INC I<first>,
ahead of any others, and so provide a way to override the standard perl
modules should you, for example, want to distribute fixes without
touching the perl distribution proper.  And, like otherlib dirs,
version and architecture specific subdirectories are also searched, if
present, at run time.  Of course, you can still search other @INC
directories ahead of those in APPLLIB_EXP by using any of the standard
run-time methods: $PERLLIB, $PERL5LIB, -I, use lib, etc.

=item Man Pages

In versions 5.005_57 and earlier, the default was to store module man
pages in a version-specific directory, such as
/usr/local/lib/perl5/$version/man/man3.  The default for 5.005_58 and
after is /usr/local/man/man3 so that most users can find the man pages
without resetting MANPATH.

You can continue to use the old default from the command line with

	sh Configure -Dman3dir=/usr/local/lib/perl5/5.8.0/man/man3

Some users also prefer to use a .3pm suffix.  You can do that with

	sh Configure -Dman3ext=3pm

Again, these are just the defaults, and can be changed as you run

=item HTML pages

Currently, the standard perl installation does not do anything with
HTML documentation, but that may change in the future.  Further, some
add-on modules may wish to install HTML documents.  The html Configure
variables listed above are provided if you wish to specify where such
documents should be placed.  The default is "none", but will likely
eventually change to something useful based on user feedback.


Some users prefer to append a "/share" to $privlib and $sitelib
to emphasize that those directories can be shared among different

Note that these are just the defaults.  You can actually structure the
directories any way you like.  They don't even have to be on the same

Further details about the installation directories, maintenance and
development subversions, and about supporting multiple versions are
discussed in L<"Coexistence with earlier versions of perl5"> below.

If you specify a prefix that contains the string "perl", then the
library directory structure is slightly simplified.  Instead of
suggesting $prefix/lib/perl5/, Configure will suggest $prefix/lib.

Thus, for example, if you Configure with
-Dprefix=/opt/perl, then the default library directories for 5.8.0 are

    Configure variable	Default value
	$privlib	/opt/perl/lib/5.8.0
	$archlib	/opt/perl/lib/5.8.0/$archname
	$sitelib	/opt/perl/lib/site_perl/5.8.0
	$sitearch	/opt/perl/lib/site_perl/5.8.0/$archname

=head2 Changing the installation directory

Configure distinguishes between the directory in which perl (and its
associated files) should be installed and the directory in which it
will eventually reside.  For most sites, these two are the same; for
sites that use AFS, this distinction is handled automatically.
However, sites that use software such as depot to manage software
packages, or users building binary packages for distribution may also
wish to install perl into a different directory and use that
management software to move perl to its final destination.  This
section describes how to do that.

Suppose you want to install perl under the /tmp/perl5 directory.  You
could edit and change all the install* variables to point to
/tmp/perl5 instead of /usr/local, or you could simply use the
following command line:

	sh Configure -Dinstallprefix=/tmp/perl5

(replace /tmp/perl5 by a directory of your choice).

Beware, though, that if you go to try to install new add-on
modules, they too will get installed in under '/tmp/perl5' if you
follow this example.  The next section shows one way of dealing with
that problem.

=head2 Creating an installable tar archive

If you need to install perl on many identical systems, it is
convenient to compile it once and create an archive that can be
installed on multiple systems.  Suppose, for example, that you want to
create an archive that can be installed in /opt/perl.
Here's one way to do that:

    # Set up to install perl into a different directory,
    # e.g. /tmp/perl5 (see previous part).
    sh Configure -Dinstallprefix=/tmp/perl5 -Dprefix=/opt/perl -des
    make test
    make install   # This will install everything into /tmp/perl5.
    cd /tmp/perl5
    # Edit $archlib/ and $archlib/.packlist to change all the
    # install* variables back to reflect where everything will
    # really be installed.  (That is, change /tmp/perl5 to /opt/perl
    # everywhere in those files.)
    # Check the scripts in $scriptdir to make sure they have the correct
    # #!/wherever/perl line.
    tar cvf ../perl5-archive.tar .
    # Then, on each machine where you want to install perl,
    cd /opt/perl # Or wherever you specified as $prefix
    tar xvf perl5-archive.tar

=head2 Site-wide Policy settings

After Configure runs, it stores a number of common site-wide "policy"
answers (such as installation directories and the local perl contact
person) in the file.  If you want to build perl on another
system using the same policy defaults, simply copy the file
to the new system and Configure will use it along with the appropriate
hint file for your system.

Alternatively, if you wish to change some or all of those policy
answers, you should

	rm -f

to ensure that Configure doesn't re-use them.

Further information is in the Policy_sh.SH file itself.

If the generated file is unsuitable, you may freely edit it
to contain any valid shell commands.  It will be run just after the
platform-specific hints files.

=head2 Configure-time Options

There are several different ways to Configure and build perl for your
system.  For most users, the defaults are sensible and will work.
Some users, however, may wish to further customize perl.  Here are
some of the main things you can change.

=head2 Threads

On some platforms, perl can be compiled with
support for threads.  To enable this, run

	sh Configure -Dusethreads

Currently, you need to specify -Dusethreads on the Configure command
line so that the hint files can make appropriate adjustments.

The default is to compile without thread support.

Perl has two different internal threads implementations.  The current
model (available internally since 5.6, and as a user-level module
since 5.8) is called interpreter-based implementation (ithreads),
with one interpreter per thread, and explicit sharing of data.

The 5.005 version (5005threads) is considered obsolete, buggy, and

By default, Configure selects ithreads if -Dusethreads is specified.

(You need to also use the PerlIO layer, explained later, if you decide
to use ithreads, to guarantee the good interworking of threads and I/O.)

However, if you wish, you can select the unsupported old 5005threads behavior

	sh Configure -Dusethreads -Duse5005threads

If you decide to use ithreads, the 'threads' module allows their use,
and the 'Thread' module offers an interface to both 5005threads and
ithreads (whichever has been configured).

When building threaded for certain library calls like the getgr*() and
the getpw*() there is a dynamically sized result buffer: the buffer
starts small but Perl will keep growing the buffer until the result fits.
To get a fixed upper limit you will have to recompile Perl with
PERL_REENTRANT_MAXSIZE defined to be the number of bytes you want.
One way to do this is to run Configure with

=head2 Large file support.

Since Perl 5.6.0, Perl has supported large files (files larger than
2 gigabytes), and in many common platforms like Linux or Solaris this
support is on by default.

This is both good and bad. It is good in that you can use large files,
seek(), stat(), and -s them.  It is bad in that if you are interfacing Perl
using some extension, the components you are connecting to must also
be large file aware: if Perl thinks files can be large but the other
parts of the software puzzle do not understand the concept, bad things
will happen.  One popular extension suffering from this ailment is the
Apache extension mod_perl.

There's also one known limitation with the current large files
implementation: unless you also have 64-bit integers (see the next
section), you cannot use the printf/sprintf non-decimal integer
formats like C<%x> to print filesizes.  You can use C<%d>, though.

=head2 64 bit support.

If your platform does not have 64 bits natively, but can simulate them
with compiler flags and/or C<long long> or C<int64_t>, you can build a
perl that uses 64 bits.

There are actually two modes of 64-bitness: the first one is achieved
using Configure -Duse64bitint and the second one using Configure
-Duse64bitall.  The difference is that the first one is minimal and
the second one maximal.  The first works in more places than the second.

The C<use64bitint> does only as much as is required to get 64-bit
integers into Perl (this may mean, for example, using "long longs")
while your memory may still be limited to 2 gigabytes (because your
pointers could still be 32-bit).  Note that the name C<64bitint> does
not imply that your C compiler will be using 64-bit C<int>s (it might,
but it doesn't have to): the C<use64bitint> means that you will be
able to have 64 bits wide scalar values.

The C<use64bitall> goes all the way by attempting to switch also
integers (if it can), longs (and pointers) to being 64-bit.  This may
create an even more binary incompatible Perl than -Duse64bitint: the
resulting executable may not run at all in a 32-bit box, or you may
have to reboot/reconfigure/rebuild your operating system to be 64-bit

Natively 64-bit systems like Alpha and Cray need neither -Duse64bitint
nor -Duse64bitall.

    NOTE: 64-bit support is still experimental on most platforms.
    Existing support only covers the LP64 data model.  In particular, the
    LLP64 data model is not yet supported.  64-bit libraries and system
    APIs on many platforms have not stabilized--your mileage may vary.

=head2 Long doubles

In some systems you may be able to use long doubles to enhance the
range and precision of your double precision floating point numbers
(that is, Perl's numbers).  Use Configure -Duselongdouble to enable
this support (if it is available).

=head2 "more bits"

You can "Configure -Dusemorebits" to turn on both the 64-bit support
and the long double support.

=head2 Selecting File IO mechanisms

Executive summary: in Perl 5.8, you should use the default "PerlIO"
as the IO mechanism unless you have a good reason not to.

In more detail: previous versions of perl used the standard IO
mechanisms as defined in stdio.h.  Versions 5.003_02 and later of perl
introduced alternate IO mechanisms via a "PerlIO" abstraction, but up
until and including Perl 5.6, the stdio mechanism was still the default
and the only supported mechanism.

Starting from Perl 5.8, the default mechanism is to use the PerlIO
abstraction, because it allows better control of I/O mechanisms,
instead of having to work with (often, work around) vendors' I/O

This PerlIO abstraction can be (but again, unless you know what you
are doing, should not be) disabled either on the Configure command
line with

	sh Configure -Uuseperlio

or interactively at the appropriate Configure prompt.

With the PerlIO abstraction layer, there is another possibility for
the underlying IO calls, AT&T's "sfio".  This has superior performance
to stdio.h in many cases, and is extensible by the use of "discipline"
modules ("Native" PerlIO has them too).  Sfio currently only builds on
a subset of the UNIX platforms perl supports.  Because the data
structures are completely different from stdio, perl extension modules
or external libraries may not work.  This configuration exists to
allow these issues to be worked on.

This option requires the 'sfio' package to have been built and installed.
The latest sfio is available from

You select this option by

	sh Configure -Duseperlio -Dusesfio

If you have already selected -Duseperlio, and if Configure detects
that you have sfio, then sfio will be the default suggested by

Note:  On some systems, sfio's iffe configuration script fails to
detect that you have an atexit function (or equivalent).  Apparently,
this is a problem at least for some versions of Linux and SunOS 4.
Configure should detect this problem and warn you about problems with
_exit vs. exit.  If you have this problem, the fix is to go back to
your sfio sources and correct iffe's guess about atexit.

=head2 SOCKS

Perl can be configured to be 'socksified', that is, to use the SOCKS
TCP/IP proxy protocol library.  SOCKS is used to give applications
access to transport layer network proxies.  Perl supports only SOCKS
Version 5.  You can find more about SOCKS from

=head2 Dynamic Loading

By default, Configure will compile perl to use dynamic loading if
your system supports it.  If you want to force perl to be compiled
statically, you can either choose this when Configure prompts you or
you can use the Configure command line option -Uusedl.

=head2 Building a shared Perl library

Currently, for most systems, the main perl executable is built by
linking the "perl library" libperl.a with perlmain.o, your static
extensions (usually just DynaLoader.a) and various extra libraries,
such as -lm.

On some systems that support dynamic loading, it may be possible to
replace libperl.a with a shared  If you anticipate building
several different perl binaries (e.g. by embedding libperl into
different programs, or by using the optional compiler extension), then
you might wish to build a shared so that all your binaries
can share the same library.

The disadvantages are that there may be a significant performance
penalty associated with the shared, and that the overall
mechanism is still rather fragile with respect to different versions
and upgrades.

In terms of performance, on my test system (Solaris 2.5_x86) the perl
test suite took roughly 15% longer to run with the shared
Your system and typical applications may well give quite different

The default name for the shared library is typically something like (for Perl 5.003_02) or or simply  Configure tries to guess a sensible naming convention
based on your C library name.  Since the library gets installed in a
version-specific architecture-dependent directory, the exact name
isn't very important anyway, as long as your linker is happy.

For some systems (mostly SVR4), building a shared libperl is required
for dynamic loading to work, and hence is already the default.

You can elect to build a shared libperl by

	sh Configure -Duseshrplib

To build a shared libperl, the environment variable controlling shared
library search (LD_LIBRARY_PATH in most systems, DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH for
for HP-UX, LIBPATH for AIX, PATH for Cygwin) must be set up to include
the Perl build directory because that's where the shared libperl will
be created.  Configure arranges makefile to have the correct shared
library search settings.  You can find the name of the environment
variable Perl thinks works in your your system by

	grep ldlibpthname

However, there are some special cases where manually setting the
shared library path might be required.  For example, if you want to run
something like the following with the newly-built but not-yet-installed

        cd t; ./perl misc/failing_test.t
        ./perl -Ilib ~/my_mission_critical_test

then you need to set up the shared library path explicitly.
You can do this with


for Bourne-style shells, or

   setenv LD_LIBRARY_PATH `pwd`

for Csh-style shells.  (This procedure may also be needed if for some
unexpected reason Configure fails to set up makefile correctly.) (And
again, it may be something other than LD_LIBRARY_PATH for you, see above.)

You can often recognize failures to build/use a shared libperl from error
messages complaining about a missing (or in HP-UX),
for example:
18126:./miniperl: /sbin/loader: Fatal Error: cannot map

There is also an potential problem with the shared perl library if you
want to have more than one "flavor" of the same version of perl (e.g.
with and without -DDEBUGGING).  For example, suppose you build and
install a standard Perl 5.8.0 with a shared library.  Then, suppose you
try to build Perl 5.8.0 with -DDEBUGGING enabled, but everything else
the same, including all the installation directories.  How can you
ensure that your newly built perl will link with your newly built rather with the installed  The answer is
that you might not be able to.  The installation directory is encoded
in the perl binary with the LD_RUN_PATH environment variable (or
equivalent ld command-line option).  On Solaris, you can override that
with LD_LIBRARY_PATH; on Linux, you can only override at runtime via
LD_PRELOAD, specifying the exact filename you wish to be used; and on
Digital Unix, you can override LD_LIBRARY_PATH by setting the
_RLD_ROOT environment variable to point to the perl build directory.

The only reliable answer is that you should specify a different
directory for the architecture-dependent library for your -DDEBUGGING
version of perl.  You can do this by changing all the *archlib*
variables in to point to your new architecture-dependent library.

=head2 Malloc Issues

Perl relies heavily on malloc(3) to grow data structures as needed,
so perl's performance can be noticeably affected by the performance of
the malloc function on your system.  The perl source is shipped with a
version of malloc that has been optimized for the typical requests from
perl, so there's a chance that it may be both faster and use less memory
than your system malloc.

However, if your system already has an excellent malloc, or if you are
experiencing difficulties with extensions that use third-party libraries
that call malloc, then you should probably use your system's malloc.
(Or, you might wish to explore the malloc flags discussed below.)

=over 4

=item Using the system malloc

To build without perl's malloc, you can use the Configure command

	sh Configure -Uusemymalloc

or you can answer 'n' at the appropriate interactive Configure prompt.


NOTE: This flag is enabled automatically on some platforms if you just
run Configure to accept all the defaults on those platforms.

Perl's malloc family of functions are normally called Perl_malloc(),
Perl_realloc(), Perl_calloc() and Perl_mfree().
These names do not clash with the system versions of these functions.

If this flag is enabled, however, Perl's malloc family of functions
will have the same names as the system versions.  This may be required
sometimes if you have libraries that like to free() data that may have
been allocated by Perl_malloc() and vice versa.

Note that enabling this option may sometimes lead to duplicate symbols
from the linker for malloc et al.  In such cases, the system probably
does not allow its malloc functions to be fully replaced with custom


This flag enables debugging mstats, which is required to use the
Devel::Peek::mstat() function. You cannot enable this unless you are
using Perl's malloc, so a typical Configure command would be

       sh Configure -DPERL_DEBUGGING_MSTATS -Dusemymalloc='y'

to enable this option.


=head2 Building a debugging perl

You can run perl scripts under the perl debugger at any time with
B<perl -d your_script>.  If, however, you want to debug perl itself,
you probably want to do

	sh Configure -Doptimize='-g'

This will do two independent things:  First, it will force compilation
to use cc -g so that you can use your system's debugger on the
executable.  (Note:  Your system may actually require something like
cc -g2.  Check your man pages for cc(1) and also any hint file for
your system.)  Second, it will add -DDEBUGGING to your ccflags
variable in so that you can use B<perl -D> to access perl's
internal state.  (Note: Configure will only add -DDEBUGGING by default
if you are not reusing your old  If you want to reuse your
old, then you can just edit it and change the optimize and
ccflags variables by hand and then propagate your changes as shown in
L<"Propagating your changes to"> below.)

You can actually specify -g and -DDEBUGGING independently, but usually
it's convenient to have both.

If you are using a shared libperl, see the warnings about multiple
versions of perl under L<Building a shared Perl library>.

=head2 Extensions

Perl ships with a number of standard extensions.  These are contained
in the ext/ subdirectory.

By default, Configure will offer to build every extension which appears
to be supported.  For example, Configure will offer to build GDBM_File
only if it is able to find the gdbm library.  (See examples below.)
Configure does not contain code to test for POSIX compliance, so POSIX
is always built by default as well.  If you wish to skip POSIX, you can
set the Configure variable useposix=false either in a hint file or from
the Configure command line.

If you unpack any additional extensions in the ext/ directory before
running Configure, then Configure will offer to build those additional
extensions as well.  Most users probably shouldn't have to do this --
it is usually easier to build additional extensions later after perl
has been installed.  However, if you wish to have those additional
extensions statically linked into the perl binary, then this offers a
convenient way to do that in one step.  (It is not necessary, however;
you can build and install extensions just fine even if you don't have
dynamic loading.  See lib/ExtUtils/ for more details.)

You can learn more about each of the supplied extensions by consulting the
documentation in the individual .pm modules, located under the
ext/ subdirectory.

Even if you do not have dynamic loading, you must still build the
DynaLoader extension; you should just build the stub dl_none.xs
version.  (Configure will suggest this as the default.)

To disable certain extensions so that they are not built, use
the -Dnoextensions=... and -Donlyextensions=... options.  They both
accept a space-separated list of extensions.  The extensions listed
in C<noextensions> are removed from the list of extensions to build,
while the C<onlyextensions> is rather more severe and builds only
the listed extensions.  The latter should be used with extreme caution
since certain extensions are used by many other extensions and modules:
such modules include Fcntl and IO.  The order of processing these
options is first C<only> (if present), then C<no> (if present).

Another, older way to turn off various extensions (which is still good
to know if you have to work with older Perl) exists.  Here are the
Configure command-line variables you can set to turn off various
extensions.  All others are included by default.

    DB_File		i_db
    DynaLoader		(Must always be included as a static extension)
    GDBM_File		i_gdbm
    NDBM_File		i_ndbm
    ODBM_File		i_dbm
    POSIX		useposix
    Opcode		useopcode
    Socket		d_socket
    Threads		use5005threads

Thus to skip the NDBM_File extension, you can use

	sh Configure -Ui_ndbm

Again, this is taken care of automatically if you don't have the ndbm

Of course, you may always run Configure interactively and select only
the extensions you want.

Note:  The DB_File module will only work with version 1.x of Berkeley
DB or newer releases of version 2.  Configure will automatically detect
this for you and refuse to try to build DB_File with earlier
releases of version 2.

If you re-use your old but change your system (e.g. by
adding libgdbm) Configure will still offer your old choices of extensions
for the default answer, but it will also point out the discrepancy to

Finally, if you have dynamic loading (most modern systems do)
remember that these extensions do not increase the size of your perl
executable, nor do they impact start-up time, so you probably might as
well build all the ones that will work on your system.

=head2 Including locally-installed libraries

Perl5 comes with interfaces to number of database extensions, including
dbm, ndbm, gdbm, and Berkeley db.  For each extension, if
Configure can find the appropriate header files and libraries, it will
automatically include that extension.  The gdbm and db libraries
are not included with perl.  See the library documentation for
how to obtain the libraries.

If your database header (.h) files are not in a directory normally
searched by your C compiler, then you will need to include the
appropriate -I/your/directory option when prompted by Configure.  If
your database library (.a) files are not in a directory normally
searched by your C compiler and linker, then you will need to include
the appropriate -L/your/directory option when prompted by Configure.
See the examples below.

=head2 Examples

=over 4

=item gdbm in /usr/local

Suppose you have gdbm and want Configure to find it and build the
GDBM_File extension.  This example assumes you have gdbm.h
installed in /usr/local/include/gdbm.h and libgdbm.a installed in
/usr/local/lib/libgdbm.a.  Configure should figure all the
necessary steps out automatically.

Specifically, when Configure prompts you for flags for
your C compiler, you should include  -I/usr/local/include.

When Configure prompts you for linker flags, you should include

If you are using dynamic loading, then when Configure prompts you for
linker flags for dynamic loading, you should again include

Again, this should all happen automatically.  This should also work if
you have gdbm installed in any of (/usr/local, /opt/local, /usr/gnu,
/opt/gnu, /usr/GNU, or /opt/GNU).

=item gdbm in /usr/you

Suppose you have gdbm installed in some place other than /usr/local/,
but you still want Configure to find it.  To be specific, assume you
have /usr/you/include/gdbm.h and /usr/you/lib/libgdbm.a.  You
still have to add -I/usr/you/include to cc flags, but you have to take
an extra step to help Configure find libgdbm.a.  Specifically, when
Configure prompts you for library directories, you have to add
/usr/you/lib to the list.

It is possible to specify this from the command line too (all on one

	sh Configure -de \
		-Dlocincpth="/usr/you/include" \

locincpth is a space-separated list of include directories to search.
Configure will automatically add the appropriate -I directives.

loclibpth is a space-separated list of library directories to search.
Configure will automatically add the appropriate -L directives.  If
you have some libraries under /usr/local/ and others under
/usr/you, then you have to include both, namely

	sh Configure -de \
		-Dlocincpth="/usr/you/include /usr/local/include" \
		-Dloclibpth="/usr/you/lib /usr/local/lib"


=head2 Building DB, NDBM, and ODBM interfaces with Berkeley DB 3

Perl interface for DB3 is part of Berkeley DB, but if you want to
compile standard Perl DB/ODBM/NDBM interfaces, you must follow
following instructions.

Berkeley DB3 from Sleepycat Software is by default installed without
DB1 compatibility code (needed for DB_File interface) and without
links to compatibility files. So if you want to use packages written
for DB/ODBM/NDBM interfaces, you need to configure DB3 with
--enable-compat185 (and optionally with --enable-dump185) and create
additional references (suppose you are installing DB3 with

    ln -s /usr/lib/
    ln -s /usr/lib/
    echo '#define DB_DBM_HSEARCH 1' >dbm.h 
    echo '#include <db.h>' >>dbm.h
    install -m 0644 dbm.h /usr/include/dbm.h 
    install -m 0644 dbm.h /usr/include/ndbm.h

Optionally, if you have compiled with --enable-compat185 (not needed

    ln -s /usr/lib/
    ln -s /usr/lib/

ODBM emulation seems not to be perfect, but is quite usable,
using DB 3.1.17:

    lib/odbm.............FAILED at test 9
        Failed 1/64 tests, 98.44% okay

=head2 What if it doesn't work?

If you run into problems, try some of the following ideas.
If none of them help, then see L<"Reporting Problems"> below.

=over 4

=item Running Configure Interactively

If Configure runs into trouble, remember that you can always run
Configure interactively so that you can check (and correct) its

All the installation questions have been moved to the top, so you don't
have to wait for them.  Once you've handled them (and your C compiler and
flags) you can type  &-d  at the next Configure prompt and Configure
will use the defaults from then on.

If you find yourself trying obscure command line incantations and
config.over tricks, I recommend you run Configure interactively
instead.  You'll probably save yourself time in the long run.

=item Hint files

The perl distribution includes a number of system-specific hints files
in the hints/ directory.  If one of them matches your system, Configure
will offer to use that hint file.

Several of the hint files contain additional important information.
If you have any problems, it is a good idea to read the relevant hint file
for further information.  See hints/ for an extensive example.
More information about writing good hints is in the hints/README.hints

=item *** WHOA THERE!!! ***

Occasionally, Configure makes a wrong guess.  For example, on SunOS
4.1.3, Configure incorrectly concludes that tzname[] is in the
standard C library.  The hint file is set up to correct for this.  You
will see a message:

    *** WHOA THERE!!! ***
	The recommended value for $d_tzname on this machine was "undef"!
	Keep the recommended value? [y]

You should always keep the recommended value unless, after reading the
relevant section of the hint file, you are sure you want to try
overriding it.

If you are re-using an old, the word "previous" will be
used instead of "recommended".  Again, you will almost always want
to keep the previous value, unless you have changed something on your

For example, suppose you have added libgdbm.a to your system
and you decide to reconfigure perl to use GDBM_File.  When you run
Configure again, you will need to add -lgdbm to the list of libraries.
Now, Configure will find your gdbm include file and library and will
issue a message:

    *** WHOA THERE!!! ***
	The previous value for $i_gdbm on this machine was "undef"!
	Keep the previous value? [y]

In this case, you do not want to keep the previous value, so you
should answer 'n'.  (You'll also have to manually add GDBM_File to
the list of dynamic extensions to build.)

=item Changing Compilers

If you change compilers or make other significant changes, you should
probably not re-use your old  Simply remove it or
rename it, e.g. mv  Then rerun Configure
with the options you want to use.

This is a common source of problems.  If you change from cc to
gcc, you should almost always remove your old

=item Propagating your changes to

If you make any changes to, you should propagate
them to all the .SH files by running

	sh Configure -S

You will then have to rebuild by running

	make depend

=item config.over and config.arch

You can also supply a shell script config.over to over-ride
Configure's guesses.  It will get loaded up at the very end, just
before is created.  You have to be careful with this,
however, as Configure does no checking that your changes make sense.
This file is usually good for site-specific customizations.

There is also another file that, if it exists, is loaded before the
config.over, called config.arch.  This file is intended to be per
architecture, not per site, and usually it's the architecture-specific
hints file that creates the config.arch.

=item config.h

Many of the system dependencies are contained in config.h.
Configure builds config.h by running the config_h.SH script.
The values for the variables are taken from

If there are any problems, you can edit config.h directly.  Beware,
though, that the next time you run Configure, your changes will be

=item cflags

If you have any additional changes to make to the C compiler command
line, they can be made in cflags.SH.  For instance, to turn off the
optimizer on toke.c, find the line in the switch structure for
toke.c and put the command optimize='-g' before the ;; .  You
can also edit cflags directly, but beware that your changes will be
lost the next time you run Configure.

To explore various ways of changing ccflags from within a hint file,
see the file hints/README.hints.

To change the C flags for all the files, edit and change either
$ccflags or $optimize, and then re-run

	sh Configure -S
	make depend

=item No sh

If you don't have sh, you'll have to copy the sample file
Porting/ to and edit your to reflect your
system's peculiarities.  See Porting/pumpkin.pod for more information.
You'll probably also have to extensively modify the extension building

=item Digital UNIX/Tru64 UNIX and BIN_SH

In Digital UNIX/Tru64 UNIX, Configure might abort with

Build a threading Perl? [n]
Configure[2437]: Syntax error at line 1 : `' is not expected.

This indicates that Configure is being run with a broken Korn shell
(even though you think you are using a Bourne shell by using
"sh Configure" or "./Configure").  The Korn shell bug has been reported
to Compaq as of February 1999 but in the meanwhile, the reason ksh is
being used is that you have the environment variable BIN_SH set to
'xpg4'.  This causes /bin/sh to delegate its duties to /bin/posix/sh
(a ksh).  Unset the environment variable and rerun Configure.

=item HP-UX 11, pthreads, and libgdbm

If you are running Configure with -Dusethreads in HP-UX 11, be warned
that POSIX threads and libgdbm (the GNU dbm library) compiled before
HP-UX 11 do not mix.  This will cause a basic test run by Configure to

Pthread internal error: message: __libc_reinit() failed, file: ../pthreads/pthread.c, line: 1096
Return Pointer is 0xc082bf33
sh: 5345 Quit(coredump)

and Configure will give up.  The cure is to recompile and install
libgdbm under HP-UX 11.

=item Porting information

Specific information for the OS/2, Plan 9, VMS and Win32 ports is in the
corresponding README files and subdirectories.  Additional information,
including a glossary of all those variables, is in the Porting
subdirectory.  Especially Porting/Glossary should come in handy.

Ports for other systems may also be available.  You should check out for current information on ports to
various other operating systems.

If you plan to port Perl to a new architecture study carefully the
section titled "Philosophical Issues in Patching and Porting Perl"
in the file Porting/pumpkin.pod and the file Porting/patching.pod.
Study also how other non-UNIX ports have solved problems.


=head1 Adding extra modules to the build

You can specify extra modules or module bundles to be fetched from the
CPAN and installed as part of the Perl build.  Either use the -Dextras=...
command line parameter to Configure, for example like this:

	Configure -Dextras="Compress::Zlib Bundle::LWP DBI"

or answer first 'y' to the question 'Install any extra modules?' and
then answer "Compress::Zlib Bundle::LWP DBI" to the 'Extras?' question.
The module or the bundle names are as for the CPAN module 'install' command.

Notice that because the CPAN module will be used to fetch the extra
modules, you will need access to the CPAN, either via the Internet,
or via a local copy such as a CD-ROM or a local CPAN mirror.  If you
do not, using the extra modules option will die horribly.

Also notice that you yourself are responsible for satisfying any extra
dependencies such as external headers or libraries BEFORE trying the build.
For example: you will need to have the zlib.h header and the libz
library installed for the Compress::Zlib, or the Foo database specific
headers and libraries installed for the DBD::Foo module.  The Configure
process or the Perl build process will not help you with these.

=head1 suidperl

suidperl is an optional component, which is built or installed by default.
From perlfaq1:

	On some systems, setuid and setgid scripts (scripts written
        in the C shell, Bourne shell, or Perl, for example, with the
        set user or group ID permissions enabled) are insecure due to
        a race condition in the kernel. For those systems, Perl versions
        5 and 4 attempt to work around this vulnerability with an optional
        component, a special program named suidperl, also known as sperl.
        This program attempts to emulate the set-user-ID and set-group-ID
        features of the kernel.

Because of the buggy history of suidperl, and the difficulty
of properly security auditing as large and complex piece of
software as Perl, we cannot recommend using suidperl and the feature
should be considered deprecated.
Instead use for example 'sudo':

=head1 make depend

This will look for all the includes.  The output is stored in makefile.
The only difference between Makefile and makefile is the dependencies at
the bottom of makefile.  If you have to make any changes, you should edit
makefile, not Makefile since the Unix make command reads makefile first.
(On non-Unix systems, the output may be stored in a different file.
Check the value of $firstmakefile in your if in doubt.)

Configure will offer to do this step for you, so it isn't listed
explicitly above.

=head1 make

This will attempt to make perl in the current directory.

=head2 What if it doesn't work?

If you can't compile successfully, try some of the following ideas.
If none of them help, and careful reading of the error message and
the relevant manual pages on your system doesn't help,
then see L<"Reporting Problems"> below.

=over 4

=item hints

If you used a hint file, try reading the comments in the hint file
for further tips and information.

=item extensions

If you can successfully build miniperl, but the process crashes
during the building of extensions, you should run

	make minitest

to test your version of miniperl.

=item locale

If you have any locale-related environment variables set, try unsetting
them.  I have some reports that some versions of IRIX hang while
running B<./miniperl configpm> with locales other than the C locale.
See the discussion under L<"make test"> below about locales and the
whole L<"Locale problems"> section in the file pod/perllocale.pod.
The latter is especially useful if you see something like this

	perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
	perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
	        LC_ALL = "En_US",
	        LANG = (unset)
	    are supported and installed on your system.
	perl: warning: Falling back to the standard locale ("C").

at Perl startup.

=item varargs

If you get varargs problems with gcc, be sure that gcc is installed
correctly and that you are not passing -I/usr/include to gcc.  When using
gcc, you should probably have i_stdarg='define' and i_varargs='undef'
in  The problem is usually solved by running fixincludes
correctly.  If you do change, don't forget to propagate
your changes (see L<"Propagating your changes to"> below).
See also the L<"vsprintf"> item below.

=item util.c

If you get error messages such as the following (the exact line
numbers and function name may vary in different versions of perl):

    util.c: In function `Perl_form':
    util.c:1107: number of arguments doesn't match prototype
    proto.h:125: prototype declaration

it might well be a symptom of the gcc "varargs problem".  See the
previous L<"varargs"> item.


If you run into dynamic loading problems, check your setting of
the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable.  If you're creating a static
Perl library (libperl.a rather than it should build
fine with LD_LIBRARY_PATH unset, though that may depend on details
of your local set-up.

=item nm extraction

If Configure seems to be having trouble finding library functions,
try not using nm extraction.  You can do this from the command line

	sh Configure -Uusenm

or by answering the nm extraction question interactively.
If you have previously run Configure, you should not reuse your old

=item umask not found

If the build processes encounters errors relating to umask(), the problem
is probably that Configure couldn't find your umask() system call.
Check your  You should have d_umask='define'.  If you don't,
this is probably the L<"nm extraction"> problem discussed above.  Also,
try reading the hints file for your system for further information.

=item vsprintf

If you run into problems with vsprintf in compiling util.c, the
problem is probably that Configure failed to detect your system's
version of vsprintf().  Check whether your system has vprintf().
(Virtually all modern Unix systems do.)  Then, check the variable
d_vprintf in  If your system has vprintf, it should be:


If Configure guessed wrong, it is likely that Configure guessed wrong
on a number of other common functions too.  This is probably
the L<"nm extraction"> problem discussed above.

=item do_aspawn

If you run into problems relating to do_aspawn or do_spawn, the
problem is probably that Configure failed to detect your system's
fork() function.  Follow the procedure in the previous item
on L<"nm extraction">.

=item __inet_* errors

If you receive unresolved symbol errors during Perl build and/or test
referring to __inet_* symbols, check to see whether BIND 8.1 is
installed.  It installs a /usr/local/include/arpa/inet.h that refers to
these symbols.  Versions of BIND later than 8.1 do not install inet.h
in that location and avoid the errors.  You should probably update to a
newer version of BIND (and remove the files the old one left behind).
If you can't, you can either link with the updated resolver library provided
with BIND 8.1 or rename /usr/local/bin/arpa/inet.h during the Perl build and
test process to avoid the problem.

=item *_r() prototype NOT found

On a related note, if you see a bunch of complaints like the above about
reentrant functions - specifically networking-related ones - being present
but without prototypes available, check to see if BIND 8.1 (or possibly
other BIND 8 versions) is (or has been) installed. They install
header files such as netdb.h into places such as /usr/local/include (or into
another directory as specified at build/install time), at least optionally.
Remove them or put them in someplace that isn't in the C preprocessor's 
header file include search path (determined by -I options plus defaults,
normally /usr/include).

=item #error "No DATAMODEL_NATIVE specified"

This is a common error when trying to build perl on Solaris 2.6 with a
gcc installation from Solaris 2.5 or 2.5.1.  The Solaris header files
changed, so you need to update your gcc installation.  You can either
rerun the fixincludes script from gcc or take the opportunity to
update your gcc installation.

=item Optimizer

If you can't compile successfully, try turning off your compiler's
optimizer.  Edit and change the line



	optimize=' '

then propagate your changes with B<sh Configure -S> and rebuild
with B<make depend; make>.

=item Missing functions

If you have missing routines, you probably need to add some library or
other, or you need to undefine some feature that Configure thought was
there but is defective or incomplete.  Look through config.h for
likely suspects.  If Configure guessed wrong on a number of functions,
you might have the L<"nm extraction"> problem discussed above.

=item toke.c

Some compilers will not compile or optimize the larger files (such as
toke.c) without some extra switches to use larger jump offsets or
allocate larger internal tables.  You can customize the switches for
each file in cflags.  It's okay to insert rules for specific files into
makefile since a default rule only takes effect in the absence of a
specific rule.

=item Missing dbmclose

SCO prior to 3.2.4 may be missing dbmclose().  An upgrade to 3.2.4
that includes libdbm.nfs (which includes dbmclose()) may be available.

=item Note (probably harmless): No library found for -lsomething

If you see such a message during the building of an extension, but
the extension passes its tests anyway (see L<"make test"> below),
then don't worry about the warning message.  The extension
Makefile.PL goes looking for various libraries needed on various
systems; few systems will need all the possible libraries listed.
For example, a system may have -lcposix or -lposix, but it's
unlikely to have both, so most users will see warnings for the one
they don't have.  The phrase 'probably harmless' is intended to
reassure you that nothing unusual is happening, and the build
process is continuing.

On the other hand, if you are building GDBM_File and you get the

    Note (probably harmless): No library found for -lgdbm

then it's likely you're going to run into trouble somewhere along
the line, since it's hard to see how you can use the GDBM_File
extension without the -lgdbm library.

It is true that, in principle, Configure could have figured all of
this out, but Configure and the extension building process are not
quite that tightly coordinated.

=item sh: ar: not found

This is a message from your shell telling you that the command 'ar'
was not found.  You need to check your PATH environment variable to
make sure that it includes the directory with the 'ar' command.  This
is a common problem on Solaris, where 'ar' is in the /usr/ccs/bin

=item db-recno failure on tests 51, 53 and 55

Old versions of the DB library (including the DB library which comes
with FreeBSD 2.1) had broken handling of recno databases with modified
bval settings.  Upgrade your DB library or OS.

=item Bad arg length for semctl, is XX, should be ZZZ

If you get this error message from the ext/IPC/SysV/t/sem test, your System
V IPC may be broken.  The XX typically is 20, and that is what ZZZ
also should be.  Consider upgrading your OS, or reconfiguring your OS
to include the System V semaphores.

=item ext/IPC/SysV/t/sem........semget: No space left on device

Either your account or the whole system has run out of semaphores.  Or
both.  Either list the semaphores with "ipcs" and remove the unneeded
ones (which ones these are depends on your system and applications)
with "ipcrm -s SEMAPHORE_ID_HERE" or configure more semaphores to your

=item GNU binutils

If you mix GNU binutils (nm, ld, ar) with equivalent vendor-supplied
tools you may be in for some trouble.  For example creating archives
with an old GNU 'ar' and then using a new current vendor-supplied 'ld'
may lead into linking problems.  Either recompile your GNU binutils
under your current operating system release, or modify your PATH not
to include the GNU utils before running Configure, or specify the
vendor-supplied utilities explicitly to Configure, for example by
Configure -Dar=/bin/ar.


The F<Configure> program has not been able to find all the files which
make up the complete Perl distribution.  You may have a damaged source
archive file (in which case you may also have seen messages such as
C<gzip: stdin: unexpected end of file> and C<tar: Unexpected EOF on
archive file>), or you may have obtained a structurally-sound but
incomplete archive.  In either case, try downloading again from the
official site named at the start of this document.  If you do find
that any site is carrying a corrupted or incomplete source code
archive, please report it to the site's maintainer.

=item invalid token: ##

You are using a non-ANSI-compliant C compiler.  See L<WARNING:  This
version requires a compiler that supports ANSI C>.

=item Miscellaneous

Some additional things that have been reported for either perl4 or perl5:

Genix may need to use libc rather than libc_s, or #undef VARARGS.

NCR Tower 32 (OS 2.01.01) may need -W2,-Sl,2000 and #undef MKDIR.

UTS may need one or more of -K or -g, and undef LSTAT.

FreeBSD can fail the ext/IPC/SysV/t/sem.t test if SysV IPC has not been
configured in the kernel.  Perl tries to detect this, though, and
you will get a message telling what to do.

HP-UX 11 Y2K patch "Y2K-1100 B.11.00.B0125 HP-UX Core OS Year 2000
Patch Bundle" has been reported to break the io/fs test #18 which
tests whether utime() can change timestamps.  The Y2K patch seems to
break utime() so that over NFS the timestamps do not get changed
(on local filesystems utime() still works).

Building Perl on a system that has also BIND (headers and libraries)
installed may run into troubles because BIND installs its own netdb.h
and socket.h, which may not agree with the operating system's ideas of
the same files.  Similarly, including -lbind may conflict with libc's
view of the world.  You may have to tweak -Dlocincpth and -Dloclibpth
to avoid the BIND.


=head2 Cross-compilation

Starting from Perl 5.8 Perl has the beginnings of cross-compilation
support.  What is known to work is running Configure in a
cross-compilation environment and building the miniperl executable.
What is known not to work is building the perl executable because
that would require building extensions: Dynaloader statically and
File::Glob dynamically, for extensions one needs MakeMaker and
MakeMaker is not yet cross-compilation aware, and neither is
the main Makefile.

Since the functionality is so lacking, it must be considered
highly experimental.  It is so experimental that it is not even
mentioned during an interactive Configure session, a direct command
line invocation (detailed shortly) is required to access the

    NOTE: Perl is routinely built using cross-compilation
    in the EPOC environment, in the WinCE, and in the OpenZaurus
    project, but all those use something slightly different setup
    than what described here.  For the WinCE setup, read the
    wince/README.compile.  For the OpenZaurus setup, read the

The one environment where this cross-compilation setup has
successfully been used as of this writing is the Compaq iPAQ running
ARM Linux.  The build host was Intel Linux, the networking setup was
PPP + SSH.  The exact setup details are beyond the scope of this
document, see for more information.

To run Configure in cross-compilation mode the basic switch is

   sh ./Configure -des -Dusecrosscompile -D...

This will make the cpp symbol USE_CROSS_COMPILE and the %Config
symbol C<usecrosscompile> available.

During the Configure and build, certain helper scripts will be created
into the Cross/ subdirectory.  The scripts are used to execute a
cross-compiled executable, and to transfer files to and from the
target host.  The execution scripts are named F<run-*> and the
transfer scripts F<to-*> and F<from-*>.  The part after the dash is
the method to use for remote execution and transfer: by default the
methods are B<ssh> and B<scp>, thus making the scripts F<run-ssh>,
F<to-scp>, and F<from-scp>.

To configure the scripts for a target host and a directory (in which
the execution will happen and which is to and from where the transfer
happens), supply Configure with -Dtargetdir=/tar/get/dir

The targethost is what e.g. ssh will use as the hostname, the targetdir
must exist (the scripts won't create it), the targetdir defaults to /tmp.
You can also specify a username to use for ssh/rsh logins


but in case you don't, "root" will be used.

Because this is a cross-compilation effort, you will also need to specify
which target environment and which compilation environment to use.
This includes the compiler, the header files, and the libraries.
In the below we use the usual settings for the iPAQ cross-compilation


If the name of the C<cc> has the usual GNU C semantics for cross
compilers, that is, CPU-OS-gcc, the names of the C<ar>, C<nm>, and
C<ranlib> will also be automatically chosen to be CPU-OS-ar and so on.
(The C<ld> requires more thought and will be chosen later by Configure
as appropriate.)  Also, in this case the incpth, libpth, and usrinc
will be guessed by Configure (unless explicitly set to something else,
in which case Configure's guesses with be appended).

In addition to the default execution/transfer methods you can also
choose B<rsh> for execution, and B<rcp> or B<cp> for transfer,
for example:

    -Dtargetrun=rsh -Dtargetto=rcp -Dtargetfrom=cp

Putting it all together:

    sh ./Configure -des -Dusecrosscompile \ \
	-Dtargetdir=/tar/get/dir \
        -Dtargetuser=root \
        -Dtargetarch=arm-linux \
        -Dcc=arm-linux-gcc \
        -Dusrinc=/skiff/local/arm-linux/include \
        -Dincpth=/skiff/local/arm-linux/include \
        -Dlibpth=/skiff/local/arm-linux/lib \

or if you are happy with the defaults

    sh ./Configure -des -Dusecrosscompile \ \
        -Dcc=arm-linux-gcc \

=head1 make test

This will run the regression tests on the perl you just made.  If
'make test' doesn't say "All tests successful" then something went
wrong.  See the file t/README in the t subdirectory.

Note that you can't run the tests in background if this disables
opening of /dev/tty. You can use 'make test-notty' in that case but
a few tty tests will be skipped.

=head2 What if make test doesn't work?

If make test bombs out, just cd to the t directory and run ./TEST
by hand to see if it makes any difference.  If individual tests
bomb, you can run them by hand, e.g.,

	./perl op/groups.t

Another way to get more detailed information about failed tests and
individual subtests is to cd to the t directory and run

	./perl harness

(this assumes that most basic tests succeed, since harness uses
complicated constructs).  For extension and library tests you
need a little bit more: you need to setup your environment variable
PERL_CORE to a true value (like "1"), and you need to supply the
right Perl library path:

	setenv PERL_CORE 1
	./perl -I../lib ../ext/Socket/Socket.t
	./perl -I../lib ../lib/less.t

(For csh-like shells on UNIX; adjust appropriately for other platforms.)
You should also read the individual tests to see if there are any helpful
comments that apply to your system.  You may also need to setup your
shared library path if you get errors like:

	/sbin/loader: Fatal Error: cannot map

See L</"Building a shared Perl library"> earlier in this document.

=over 4

=item locale

Note:  One possible reason for errors is that some external programs
may be broken due to the combination of your environment and the way
B<make test> exercises them.  For example, this may happen if you have
one or more of these environment variables set:  LC_ALL LC_CTYPE
LC_COLLATE LANG.  In some versions of UNIX, the non-English locales
are known to cause programs to exhibit mysterious errors.

If you have any of the above environment variables set, please try

	setenv LC_ALL C

(for C shell) or

	LC_ALL=C;export LC_ALL

for Bourne or Korn shell) from the command line and then retry
make test.  If the tests then succeed, you may have a broken program that
is confusing the testing.  Please run the troublesome test by hand as
shown above and see whether you can locate the program.  Look for
things like:  exec, `backquoted command`, system, open("|...") or
open("...|").  All these mean that Perl is trying to run some
external program.

=item Timing problems

Several tests in the test suite check timing functions, such as
sleep(), and see if they return in a reasonable amount of time.
If your system is quite busy and doesn't respond quickly enough,
these tests might fail.  If possible, try running the tests again
with the system under a lighter load.  These timing-sensitive
and load-sensitive tests include F<t/op/alarm.t>,
F<ext/Time/HiRes/HiRes.t>, F<lib/Benchmark.t>,
F<lib/Memoize/t/expmod_t.t>, and F<lib/Memoize/t/speed.t>.

=item Out of memory

On some systems, particularly those with smaller amounts of RAM, some
of the tests in t/op/pat.t may fail with an "Out of memory" message.
For example, on my SparcStation IPC with 12 MB of RAM, in perl5.5.670,
test 85 will fail if run under either t/TEST or t/harness.

Try stopping other jobs on the system and then running the test by itself:

	cd t; ./perl op/pat.t

to see if you have any better luck.  If your perl still fails this
test, it does not necessarily mean you have a broken perl.  This test
tries to exercise the regular expression subsystem quite thoroughly,
and may well be far more demanding than your normal usage.

=item Test failures from lib/ftmp-security saying "system possibly insecure"

Firstly, test failures from the ftmp-security are not necessarily
serious or indicative of a real security threat.  That being said,
they bear investigating.

The tests may fail for the following reasons.   Note that each of the
tests is run both in the building directory and the temporary
directory, as returned by File::Spec->tmpdir().

(1) If the directory the tests are being run is owned by somebody else
than the user running the tests, or root (uid 0).  This failure can
happen if the Perl source code distribution is unpacked in a way that
the user ids in the distribution package are used as-is.  Some tar
programs do this.

(2) If the directory the tests are being run in is writable by group
or by others (remember: with UNIX/POSIX semantics, write access to
a directory means the right to add/remove files in that directory),
and there is no sticky bit set in the directory.  'Sticky bit' is
a feature used in some UNIXes to give extra protection to files: if
the bit is on a directory, no one but the owner (or the root) can remove
that file even if the permissions of the directory would allow file
removal by others.  This failure can happen if the permissions in the
directory simply are a bit too liberal for the tests' liking.  This
may or may not be a real problem: it depends on the permissions policy
used on this particular directory/project/system/site.  This failure
can also happen if the system either doesn't support the sticky bit
(this is the case with many non-UNIX platforms: in principle
File::Temp should know about these platforms and skip the tests), or
if the system supports the sticky bit but for some reason or reasons
it is not being used.  This is for example the case with HP-UX: as of
HP-UX release 11.00, the sticky bit is very much supported, but HP-UX
doesn't use it on its /tmp directory as shipped.  Also, as with the
permissions, some local policy might dictate that the stickiness is
not used.

(3) If the system supports the POSIX 'chown giveaway' feature and if
any of the parent directories of the temporary file back to the root
directory are 'unsafe', using the definitions given above in (1) and

See the documentation for the File::Temp module for more information
about the various security aspects.


=head1 make install

This will put perl into the public directory you specified to
Configure; by default this is /usr/local/bin.  It will also try
to put the man pages in a reasonable place.  It will not nroff the man
pages, however.  You may need to be root to run B<make install>.  If you
are not root, you must own the directories in question and you should
ignore any messages about chown not working.

=head2 Installing perl under different names

If you want to install perl under a name other than "perl" (for example,
when installing perl with special features enabled, such as debugging),
indicate the alternate name on the "make install" line, such as:

    make install PERLNAME=myperl

You can separately change the base used for versioned names (like
"perl5.005") by setting PERLNAME_VERBASE, like

    make install PERLNAME=perl5 PERLNAME_VERBASE=perl

This can be useful if you have to install perl as "perl5" (e.g. to
avoid conflicts with an ancient version in /usr/bin supplied by your vendor).
Without this the versioned binary would be called "perl55.005".

=head2 Installed files

If you want to see exactly what will happen without installing
anything, you can run

	./perl installperl -n
	./perl installman -n

make install will install the following:


	    perl5.nnn	where nnn is the current release number.  This
			will be a link to perl.
	    sperl5.nnn	If you requested setuid emulation.
	a2p          	awk-to-perl translator


	cppstdin	This is used by perl -P, if your cc -E can't
			read from stdin.
	c2ph, pstruct	Scripts for handling C structures in header files.
	s2p		sed-to-perl translator
	find2perl	find-to-perl translator
	h2ph		Extract constants and simple macros from C headers
	h2xs		Converts C .h header files to Perl extensions.
	perlbug		Tool to report bugs in Perl.
	perldoc		Tool to read perl's pod documentation.
	pl2pm		Convert Perl 4 .pl files to Perl 5 .pm modules
	pod2html,	Converters from perl's pod documentation format
	pod2latex, 	to other useful formats.
	splain		Describe Perl warnings and errors
	dprofpp		Perl code profile post-processor

    library files

			in $privlib and $archlib specified to
			Configure, usually under /usr/local/lib/perl5/.


	man pages	in $man1dir, usually /usr/local/man/man1.
	module man
	pages		in $man3dir, usually /usr/local/man/man3.
	pod/*.pod	in $privlib/pod/.

Installperl will also create the directories listed above
in L<"Installation Directories">.

Perl's *.h header files and the libperl library are also installed
under $archlib so that any user may later build new modules, run the
optional Perl compiler, or embed the perl interpreter into another
program even if the Perl source is no longer available.

Sometimes you only want to install the version-specific parts of the perl
installation.  For example, you may wish to install a newer version of
perl alongside an already installed production version of perl without
disabling installation of new modules for the production version.
To only install the version-specific parts of the perl installation, run

	Configure -Dversiononly

or answer 'y' to the appropriate Configure prompt.  Alternatively,
you can just manually run

	./perl installperl -v

and skip installman altogether.
See also L<"Maintaining completely separate versions"> for another

=head1 Coexistence with earlier versions of perl5

Perl 5.8 is not binary compatible with earlier versions of Perl.
In other words, you will have to recompile your XS modules.

In general, you can usually safely upgrade from one version of Perl (e.g.
5.004_04) to another similar version (e.g. 5.004_05) without re-compiling
all of your add-on extensions.  You can also safely leave the old version
around in case the new version causes you problems for some reason.
For example, if you want to be sure that your script continues to run
with 5.004_04, simply replace the '#!/usr/local/bin/perl' line at the
top of the script with the particular version you want to run, e.g.

Usually, most extensions will probably not need to be recompiled to
use with a newer version of Perl (the Perl 5.6 to Perl 5.8 transition
being an exception).  Here is how it is supposed to work.  (These
examples assume you accept all the Configure defaults.)

Suppose you already have version 5.005_03 installed.  The directories
searched by 5.005_03 are


Beginning with 5.6.0 the version number in the site libraries are
fully versioned.  Now, suppose you install version 5.6.0.  The directories
searched by version 5.6.0 will be



Notice the last three entries -- Perl understands the default structure
of the $sitelib directories and will look back in older, compatible
directories.  This way, modules installed under 5.005_03 will continue
to be usable by 5.005_03 but will also accessible to 5.6.0.  Further,
suppose that you upgrade a module to one which requires features
present only in 5.6.0.  That new module will get installed into
/usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.6.0 and will be available to 5.6.0,
but will not interfere with the 5.005_03 version.

The last entry, /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/, is there so that
5.6.0 and above will look for 5.004-era pure perl modules.

Lastly, suppose you now install 5.8.0, which is not binary compatible
with 5.6.0.  The directories searched by 5.8.0 (if you don't change the
Configure defaults) will be:





Note that the earlier $archname entries are now gone, but pure perl
modules from earlier versions will still be found.

Assuming the users in your site are still actively using perl 5.6.0 and
5.005 after you installed 5.8.0, you can continue to install add-on
extensions using any of perl 5.8.0, 5.6.0, or 5.005.  The installations
of these different versions remain distinct, but remember that the
newer versions of perl are automatically set up to search the
compatible site libraries of the older ones.  This means that
installing a new XS extension with 5.005 will make it visible to both
5.005 and 5.6.0, but not to 5.8.0.  Installing a pure perl module with
5.005 will make it visible to all three versions.  Later, if you
install the same extension using, say, perl 5.8.0, it will override the
5.005-installed version, but only for perl 5.8.0.

This way, you can choose to share compatible extensions, but also upgrade
to a newer version of an extension that may be incompatible with earlier
versions, without breaking the earlier versions' installations.

=head2 Maintaining completely separate versions

Many users prefer to keep all versions of perl in completely
separate directories.  This guarantees that an update to one version
won't interfere with another version.  (The defaults guarantee this for
libraries after 5.6.0, but not for executables. TODO?)  One convenient
way to do this is by using a separate prefix for each version, such as

	sh Configure -Dprefix=/opt/perl5.004

and adding /opt/perl5.004/bin to the shell PATH variable.  Such users
may also wish to add a symbolic link /usr/local/bin/perl so that
scripts can still start with #!/usr/local/bin/perl.

Others might share a common directory for maintenance sub-versions
(e.g. 5.8 for all 5.8.x versions), but change directory with
each major version.

If you are installing a development subversion, you probably ought to
seriously consider using a separate directory, since development
subversions may not have all the compatibility wrinkles ironed out

=head2 Upgrading from 5.005 or 5.6 to 5.8.0

B<Perl 5.8.0 is binary incompatible with Perl 5.6.1, 5.6.0, 5.005,
and any earlier Perl release.>  Perl modules having binary parts
(meaning that a C compiler is used) will have to be recompiled to be
used with 5.8.0.  If you find you do need to rebuild an extension with
5.8.0, you may safely do so without disturbing the 5.005 or 5.6.0
installations.  (See L<"Coexistence with earlier versions of perl5">

See your installed copy of the perllocal.pod file for a (possibly
incomplete) list of locally installed modules.  Note that you want
perllocal.pod, not perllocale.pod, for installed module information.

=head1 Coexistence with perl4

You can safely install perl5 even if you want to keep perl4 around.

By default, the perl5 libraries go into /usr/local/lib/perl5/, so
they don't override the perl4 libraries in /usr/local/lib/perl/.

In your /usr/local/bin directory, you should have a binary named
perl4.036.  That will not be touched by the perl5 installation
process.  Most perl4 scripts should run just fine under perl5.
However, if you have any scripts that require perl4, you can replace
the #! line at the top of them by #!/usr/local/bin/perl4.036 (or
whatever the appropriate pathname is).  See pod/perltrap.pod for
possible problems running perl4 scripts under perl5.

=head1 cd /usr/include; h2ph *.h sys/*.h

Some perl scripts need to be able to obtain information from the
system header files.  This command will convert the most commonly used
header files in /usr/include into files that can be easily interpreted
by perl.  These files will be placed in the architecture-dependent
library ($archlib) directory you specified to Configure.

Note:  Due to differences in the C and perl languages, the conversion
of the header files is not perfect.  You will probably have to
hand-edit some of the converted files to get them to parse correctly.
For example, h2ph breaks spectacularly on type casting and certain

=head1 installhtml --help

Some sites may wish to make perl documentation available in HTML
format.  The installhtml utility can be used to convert pod
documentation into linked HTML files and install them.

Currently, the supplied ./installhtml script does not make use of the
html Configure variables.  This should be fixed in a future release.

The following command-line is an example of one used to convert
perl documentation:

  ./installhtml                   \
      --podroot=.                 \
      --podpath=lib:ext:pod:vms   \
      --recurse                   \
      --htmldir=/perl/nmanual     \
      --htmlroot=/perl/nmanual    \
      --splithead=pod/perlipc     \
      --splititem=pod/perlfunc    \
      --libpods=perlfunc:perlguts:perlvar:perlrun:perlop \

See the documentation in installhtml for more details.  It can take
many minutes to execute a large installation and you should expect to
see warnings like "no title", "unexpected directive" and "cannot
resolve" as the files are processed. We are aware of these problems
(and would welcome patches for them).

You may find it helpful to run installhtml twice. That should reduce
the number of "cannot resolve" warnings.

=head1 cd pod && make tex && (process the latex files)

Some sites may also wish to make the documentation in the pod/ directory
available in TeX format.  Type

	(cd pod && make tex && <process the latex files>)

=head1 Minimizing the Perl installation

The following section is meant for people worrying about squeezing the
Perl installation into minimal systems (for example when installing
operating systems, or in really small filesystems).

Leaving out as many extensions as possible is an obvious way:
Encode, with its big conversion tables, consumes a lot of
space.  On the other hand, you cannot throw away everything.  The
Fcntl module is pretty essential.  If you need to do network
programming, you'll appreciate the Socket module, and so forth: it all
depends on what do you need to do.

In the following we offer two different slimmed down installation
recipes.  They are informative, not normative: the choice of files
depends on what you need.

Firstly, the bare minimum to run this script

  use strict;
  use warnings;
  foreach my $f (</*>) {

in Solaris is as follows (under $Config{prefix}):


Secondly, Debian perl-base package contains the following files,
size about 1.2MB in its i386 version:


=head1 Reporting Problems

If you have difficulty building perl, and none of the advice in this file
helps, and careful reading of the error message and the relevant manual
pages on your system doesn't help either, then you should send a message
to either the comp.lang.perl.misc newsgroup or to with
an accurate description of your problem.

Please include the output of the ./myconfig shell script that comes with
the distribution.  Alternatively, you can use the perlbug program that
comes with the perl distribution, but you need to have perl compiled
before you can use it.  (If you have not installed it yet, you need to
run C<./perl -Ilib utils/perlbug> instead of a plain C<perlbug>.)

Please try to make your message brief but clear.  Trim out unnecessary
information.  Do not include large files (such as or a complete
Configure or make log) unless absolutely necessary.  Do not include a
complete transcript of your build session.  Just include the failing
commands, the relevant error messages, and whatever preceding commands
are necessary to give the appropriate context.  Plain text should
usually be sufficient--fancy attachments or encodings may actually
reduce the number of people who read your message.  Your message
will get relayed to over 400 subscribers around the world so please
try to keep it brief but clear.


Read the manual entries before running perl.  The main documentation
is in the pod/ subdirectory and should have been installed during the
build process.  Type B<man perl> to get started.  Alternatively, you
can type B<perldoc perl> to use the supplied perldoc script.  This is
sometimes useful for finding things in the library modules.

Under UNIX, you can produce a documentation book in postscript form,
along with its table of contents, by going to the pod/ subdirectory and
running (either):

	./roffitall -groff		# If you have GNU groff installed
	./roffitall -psroff		# If you have psroff

This will leave you with two postscript files ready to be printed.
(You may need to fix the roffitall command to use your local troff

Note that you must have performed the installation already before running
the above, since the script collects the installed files to generate
the documentation.

=head1 AUTHOR

Original author:  Andy Dougherty , borrowing very
heavily from the original README by Larry Wall, with lots of helpful
feedback and additions from the folks.

If you have problems, corrections, or questions, please see
L<"Reporting Problems"> above.


This document is part of the Perl package and may be distributed under
the same terms as perl itself, with the following additional request:
If you are distributing a modified version of perl (perhaps as part of
a larger package) please B<do> modify these installation instructions
and the contact information to match your distribution.