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PERLAIX(1)			 Perl Programmers Reference Guide		       PERLAIX(1)

       README.aix - Perl version 5 on IBM Unix (AIX) systems

       This document describes various features of IBM's Unix operating system (AIX) that will
       affect how Perl version 5 (hereafter just Perl) is compiled and/or runs.

       Compiling Perl 5 on AIX

       When compiling Perl, you must use an ANSI C compiler. AIX does not ship an ANSI compliant
       C-compiler with AIX by default, but binary builds of gcc for AIX are widely available.

       At the moment of writing, AIX supports two different native C compilers, for which you
       have to pay: xlC and vac. If you decide to use either of these two (which is quite a lot
       easier than using gcc), be sure to upgrade to the latest available patch level. Currently:

	   xlC.C or or or or
	   vac.C  or or

       note that xlC has the OS version in the name as of version, so you will find xlC.C
       for AIX-5.0 as package

	   xlC.aix50.rte or

       subversions are not the same `latest' on all OS versions. For example, the latest xlC-5 on
       aix41 is, while on aix43, it is

       Perl can be compiled with either IBM's ANSI C compiler or with gcc.  The former is recom-
       mended, as not only can it compile Perl with no difficulty, but also can take advantage of
       features listed later that require the use of IBM compiler-specific command-line flags.

       The IBM's compiler patch levels and have compiler optimization bugs that
       affect compiling perl.c and regcomp.c, respectively.  If Perl's configuration detects
       those compiler patch levels, optimization is turned off for the said source code files.
       Upgrading to at least is recommended.

       If you decide to use gcc, make sure your installation is recent and complete, and be sure
       to read the Perl README file for more gcc-specific details. Please report any hoops you
       had to jump through to the development team.

       OS level

       Before installing the patches to the IBM C-compiler you need to know the level of patching
       for the Operating System. IBM's command 'oslevel' will show the base, but is not always
       complete (in this example oslevel shows 4.3.NULL, whereas the system might run most of

	   # oslevel
	   # lslpp -l | grep 'bos.rte '
	   bos.rte  COMMITTED  Base Operating System Runtime
	   bos.rte  COMMITTED  Base Operating System Runtime

       The same might happen to AIX 5.1 or other OS levels. As a side note, perl cannot be built
       without bos.adt.syscalls and bos.adt.libm installed

	   # lslpp -l | egrep "syscalls|libm"
	   bos.adt.libm  COMMITTED  Base Application Development
	   bos.adt.syscalls  COMMITTED  System Calls Application

       Building Dynamic Extensions on AIX

       AIX supports dynamically loadable objects as well as shared libraries.  Shared libraries
       by convention end with the suffix .a, which is a bit misleading, as an archive can contain
       static as well as dynamic members.  For perl dynamically loaded objects we use the .so
       suffix also used on many other platforms.

       Note that starting from Perl 5.7.2 (and consequently 5.8.0) and AIX 4.3 or newer Perl uses
       the AIX native dynamic loading interface in the so called runtime linking mode instead of
       the emulated interface that was used in Perl releases 5.6.1 and earlier or, for AIX
       releases 4.2 and earlier.  This change does break backward compatibility with compiled
       modules from earlier perl releases.  The change was made to make Perl more compliant with
       other applications like Apache/mod_perl which are using the AIX native interface. This
       change also enables the use of C++ code with static constructors and destructors in perl
       extensions, which was not possible using the emulated interface.

       The IBM ANSI C Compiler

       All defaults for Configure can be used.

       If you've chosen to use vac 4, be sure to run Older versions will turn up nasty
       later on. For vac 5 be sure to run at least, but vac or up is highly rec-
       ommended. Note that since IBM has removed vac through from the software
       depot, these versions should be considered obsolete.

       Here's a brief lead of how to upgrade the compiler to the latest level.	Of course this is
       subject to changes.  You can only upgrade versions from ftp-available updates if the first
       three digit groups are the same (in where you can skip intermediate unlike the patches in
       the developer snapshots of perl), or to one version up where the `base' is available.  In
       other words, the AIX compiler patches are cumulative.

	vac.C. => vac.C.	is OK	  (vac.C. not needed)
	xlC.C. => xlC.C. is NOT OK (xlC.C. is not available)

	# ftp ftp.software.ibm.com
	Connected to service.boulder.ibm.com.
	: welcome message ...
	Name (ftp.software.ibm.com:merijn): anonymous
	331 Guest login ok, send your complete e-mail address as password.
	... accepted login stuff
	ftp> cd /aix/fixes/v4/
	ftp> dir other other.ll
	output to local-file: other.ll? y
	200 PORT command successful.
	150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls.
	226 Transfer complete.
	ftp> dir xlc xlc.ll
	output to local-file: xlc.ll? y
	200 PORT command successful.
	150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls.
	226 Transfer complete.
	ftp> bye
	... goodbye messages
	# ls -l *.ll
	-rw-rw-rw-   1 merijn	system	  1169432 Nov  2 17:29 other.ll
	-rw-rw-rw-   1 merijn	system	    29170 Nov  2 17:29 xlc.ll

       On AIX 4.2 using xlC, we continue:

	# lslpp -l | fgrep 'xlC.C '
	  xlC.C  COMMITTED	C for AIX Compiler
	  xlC.C  COMMITTED	C for AIX Compiler
	# grep 'xlC.C.3.1.4.*.bff' xlc.ll
	-rw-r--r--   1 45776101 1	 6286336 Jul 22 1996  xlC.C.
	-rw-rw-r--   1 45776101 1	 6173696 Aug 24 1998  xlC.C.
	-rw-r--r--   1 45776101 1	 6319104 Aug 14 1996  xlC.C.
	-rw-r--r--   1 45776101 1	 6316032 Oct 21 1996  xlC.C.
	-rw-r--r--   1 45776101 1	 6315008 Dec 20 1996  xlC.C.
	-rw-rw-r--   1 45776101 1	 6178816 Mar 28 1997  xlC.C.
	-rw-rw-r--   1 45776101 1	 6188032 May 22 1997  xlC.C.
	-rw-rw-r--   1 45776101 1	 6191104 Sep  5 1997  xlC.C.
	-rw-rw-r--   1 45776101 1	 6185984 Jan 13 1998  xlC.C.
	-rw-rw-r--   1 45776101 1	 6169600 May 27 1998  xlC.C.
	# wget ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/aix/fixes/v4/xlc/xlC.C.

       On AIX 4.3 using vac, we continue:

	# lslpp -l | grep 'vac.C '
	 vac.C  COMMITTED	C for AIX Compiler
	 vac.C  COMMITTED	C for AIX Compiler
	# grep 'vac.C.5.0.2.*.bff' other.ll
	-rw-rw-r--   1 45776101 1	 13592576 Apr 16 2001  vac.C.
	-rw-rw-r--   1 45776101 1	 14133248 Apr  9 2002  vac.C.
	-rw-rw-r--   1 45776101 1	 14173184 May 20 2002  vac.C.
	-rw-rw-r--   1 45776101 1	 14192640 Nov 22 2002  vac.C.
	# wget ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/aix/fixes/v4/other/vac.C.

       Likewise on all other OS levels. Then execute the following command, and fill in its

	# smit install_update
	 -> Install and Update from LATEST Available Software
	 * INPUT device / directory for software [ vac.C.	]
	 [ OK ]
	 [ OK ]

       Follow the messages ... and you're done.

       If you like a more web-like approach, a good start point can be http://www14.soft-
       ware.ibm.com/webapp/download/downloadaz.jsp and click "C for AIX", and follow the instruc-

       Using GNU's gcc for building perl

       Using gcc-3.x (tested with 3.0.4, 3.1, and 3.2) now works out of the box, as do recent
       gcc-2.9 builds available directly from IBM as part of their Linux compatibility packages,
       available here:


       Using Large Files with Perl

       Should yield no problems.

       Threaded Perl

       Threads seem to work OK, though at the moment not all tests pass when threads are used in
       combination with 64bit configurations.

       64-bit Perl

       If your AIX is installed with 64-bit support, you can expect 64bit configurations to work.
       In combination with threads some tests might still fail.

       AIX 4.2 and extensions using C++ with statics

       In AIX 4.2 Perl extensions that use C++ functions that use statics may have problems in
       that the statics are not getting initialized.  In newer AIX releases this has been solved
       by linking Perl with the libC_r library, but unfortunately in AIX 4.2 the said library has
       an obscure bug where the various functions related to time (such as time() and gettimeof-
       day()) return broken values, and therefore in AIX 4.2 Perl is not linked against the

       H.Merijn Brand <h.m.brand@hccnet.nl>

       Version 0.0.6: 23 Dec 2002

perl v5.8.0				    2003-02-18				       PERLAIX(1)

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