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README.tru64 - Perl version 5 on Tru64 (formerly known as Digital UNIX formerly known as
DEC OSF/1) systems
This document describes various features of HP's (formerly Compaq's, formerly Digital's)
Unix operating system (Tru64) that will affect how Perl version 5 (hereafter just Perl) is
configured, compiled and/or runs.
Compiling Perl 5 on Tru64
The recommended compiler to use in Tru64 is the native C compiler. The native compiler
produces much faster code (the speed difference is noticeable: several dozen percentages)
and also more correct code: if you are considering using the GNU C compiler you should use
at the very least the release of 2.95.3 since all older gcc releases are known to produce
broken code when compiling Perl. One manifestation of this brokenness is the lib/sdbm
test dumping core; another is many of the op/regexp and op/pat, or ext/Storable tests
dumping core (the exact pattern of failures depending on the GCC release and optimization
gcc 3.2.1 is known to work okay with Perl 5.8.0. However, when optimizing the toke.c gcc
likes to have a lot of memory, 256 megabytes seems to be enough. The default setting of
the process data section in Tru64 should be one gigabyte, but some sites/setups might have
lowered that. The configuration process of Perl checks for too low process limits, and
lowers the optimization for the toke.c if necessary, and also gives advice on how to raise
the process limits.
Using Large Files with Perl on Tru64
In Tru64 Perl is automatically able to use large files, that is, files larger than 2 giga-
bytes, there is no need to use the Configure -Duselargefiles option as described in
INSTALL (though using the option is harmless).
Threaded Perl on Tru64
If you want to use threads, you should primarily use the new Perl 5.8.0 threads model by
running Configure with -Duseithreads.
The old Perl 5.005 threads is obsolete, unmaintained, and its use is discouraged. If you
really want it, run Configure with the -Dusethreads -Duse5005threads options as described
Either thread model is going to work only in Tru64 4.0 and newer releases, older operating
releases like 3.2 aren't probably going to work properly with threads.
Long Doubles on Tru64
You cannot Configure Perl to use long doubles unless you have at least Tru64 V5.0, the
long double support simply wasn't functional enough before that. Perl's Configure will
override attempts to use the long doubles (you can notice this by Configure finding out
that the modfl() function does not work as it should).
At the time of this writing (June 2002), there is a known bug in the Tru64 libc printing
of long doubles when not using "e" notation. The values are correct and usable, but you
only get a limited number of digits displayed unless you force the issue by using "printf
"%.33e",$num" or the like. For Tru64 versions V5.0A through V5.1A, a patch is expected
sometime after perl 5.8.0 is released. If your libc has not yet been patched, you'll get
a warning from Configure when selecting long doubles.
db-hash.t failing on Tru64
The Berkeley DB 1.85 coming with the Tru64 is unfortunately buggy. In general in Tru64
V4.* it seemed to be more stable, but in V5.* something broke (even though the DB stayed
at release 1.85) and the DB_File extension test db-hash.t may fail by dumping core after
the subtest 21. There really is no good cure as of Tru64 V5.1A expect installing a newer
Berkeley DB and supplying the right directories for -Dlocincpth=/some/include and -Dlo-
clibpth=/some/lib when running Configure.
You can also work around the problem by disabling the DB_File by specifying -Ui_db to Con-
figure, and then using the BerkeleyFile module from CPAN instead of DB_File. The Berke-
leyFile works with Berkeley DB versions 2.* or greater.
The Berkeley DB 4.0.14 has been tested with Tru64 V5.1A and found to work. The latest
Berkeley DB can be found from http://www.sleepycat.com.
64-bit Perl on Tru64
In Tru64 Perl's integers are automatically 64-bit wide, there is no need to use the Con-
figure -Duse64bitint option as described in INSTALL. Similarly, there is no need for
-Duse64bitall since pointers are automatically 64-bit wide.
Warnings about floating-point overflow when compiling Perl on Tru64
When compiling Perl in Tru64 you may (depending on the compiler release) see two warnings
cc: Warning: numeric.c, line 104: In this statement, floating-point overflow occurs in evaluating the expression "1.8e308". (floatoverfl)
and when compiling the POSIX extension
cc: Warning: const-c.inc, line 2007: In this statement, floating-point overflow occurs in evaluating the expression "1.8e308". (floatoverfl)
The exact line numbers may vary between Perl releases. The warnings are benign and can be
ignored: in later C compiler releases the warnings should be gone.
When the file pp_sys.c is being compiled you may (depending on the operating system
release) see an additional compiler flag being used: "-DNO_EFF_ONLY_OK". This is normal
and refers to a feature that is relevant only if you use the "filetest" pragma. In older
releases of the operating system the feature was broken and the NO_EFF_ONLY_OK instructs
Perl not to use the feature.
Testing Perl on Tru64
During "make test" the "comp/cpp" will be skipped because on Tru64 it cannot be tested
before Perl has been installed. The test refers to the use of the "-P" option of Perl.
ext/ODBM_File/odbm Test Failing With Static Builds
The ext/ODBM_File/odbm is known to fail with static builds (Configure -Uusedl) due to a
known bug in Tru64's static libdbm library. The good news is that you very probably don't
need to ever use the ODBM_File extension since more advanced NDBM_File works fine, not to
mention the even more advanced DB_File.
Perl Fails Because Of Unresolved Symbol sockatmark
If you get an error like
Can't load '.../OSF1/lib/perl5/5.8.0/alpha-dec_osf/auto/IO/IO.so' for module IO: Unresolved symbol in .../lib/perl5/5.8.0/alpha-dec_osf/auto/IO/IO.so: sockatmark at .../lib/perl5/5.8.0/alpha-dec_osf/XSLoader.pm line 75.
you need to either recompile your Perl in Tru64 4.0D or upgrade your Tru64 4.0D to at
least 4.0F: the sockatmark() system call was added in Tru64 4.0F, and the IO extension
refers that symbol.
Jarkko Hietaniemi <email@example.com>
perl v5.8.0 2003-02-18 PERLTRU64(1)