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Thursday June 06, 2002
07:29 AM

Dummies guide to installing Parrot?

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As the entire Perl community is encouraged to get involved with Perl6 development, I thought I'd do my bit and install Parrot. The fact that I don't know C doesn't particularly phase me (I've been meaning to learn for a long time, and what better way than by reading the polished code of the greatest minds of the Perl community!), but the fact that I don't have the vaguest idea on how to use basic C development tools is a little worrying.
  1. Install a C compiler. This was quite easy. I use Win32, so I downloaded the latest tar.gz of mingw32 from Installation is straight-forward: just extract the files, and then change your %PATH% variable to include the bin directory.
  2. Download Parrot. Somehow I seem to have version 0.0.6, which is interesting as points to version 0.0.4 as the latest version... so I downloaded that too just in case
  3. Read README Apparently a simple matter of perl, make, and make install.
  4. Install Parrot: However couldn't find gcc. A quick scan of the code tells me that there is an --ask option, which I use to set gcc and ld as compiler and linker respectively. I leave all other defaults the same, and get an error.
  5. Help? Hmmm, check the obvious README's and docs in (both) the Parrot distributions. Look on Parrotcode and the Perl6 lists to see if there is a cookbook for newbies setting up Parrot. Can't find anything, but of course I don't really understand what it is I'm looking for (which doesn't help).
  6. Poke around in (First of all the one with version 0.0.4). I discover that $c{o}=".o" and $c{ld_out}="-o " (except that when Configure passes the commands to the compiler and linker, these have magically been changed to ".obj" and "-out:"... very strange. By dint of hardcoding the original values back into the script, I manage to get the first test installed.)
  7. More configuring Now the linker can't find the libraries that it was looking for. I decide to change the default to nothing (I type in a SPACE character to cancel the default). I don't know what effect this will have of course, but let's just see ;-> (I think my method could be called 'Shotgun configuring', and it's working out to be almost as successful as Shotgun debugging...) This now sort of works, except that Configure can't work out what the Intval type should be. As per the README file's instructions, I do perl -V and confirm that Integers should indeed be long...

What I think I need is a nice cookbook with the right values to pass in for gcc on Win32. Of course, maybe, given my complete ignorance of what I'm doing, I should go away and learn how to use the GNU toolset first of all...

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