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PERLEPOC(1)	       Perl Programmers Reference Guide		   PERLEPOC(1)

NAME
       README.epoc - Perl for EPOC

SYNOPSIS
       Perl 5 README file for the EPOC Release 5 operating system.

INTRODUCTION
       EPOC is an OS for palmtops and mobile phones. For more informations
       look at: http://www.symbian.com/

       This is a port of perl to the epocemx SDK by Eberhard Mattes, which
       itself uses the SDK by symbian. Essentially epocemx it is a POSIX look
       alike environment for the EPOC OS.  For more information look at:
       http://epocemx.sourceforge.net/

       perl and epocemx runs on Epoc Release 5 machines: Psion 5mx, 5mx Pro,
       Psion Revo, Psion Netbook and on the Ericsson M128. It may run on Epoc
       Release 3 Hardware (Series 5 classic), too. For more information about
       this hardware please refer to http://www.psion.com/

       Vendors which like to have support for their devices are free to send
       me a sample.

INSTALLING PERL ON EPOC
       You can download a ready-to-install version from
       http://www.oflebbe.de/oflebbe/perl/

       You will need at least ~6MB free space in order to install and run
       perl.

       Please install the emxusr.sis package from
       http://epocemx.sourceforge.net/ first.

       Install perl.sis on the EPOC machine. If you do not know how to do
       that, consult your PsiWin documentation.

       Perl itself and its standard library is using 4 MB disk space.  Unicode
       support and some other modules are left out. (For details, please look
       into epoc/createpkg.pl). If you like to use these modules, you are free
       to copy them from a current perl release.

STARTING PERL ON EPOC
       Please use the epocemx shell to start perl. perl integrates with the
       conventions of epocemx.

   Editors on Epoc
       A suitable text editor can be downloaded from symbian
       http://www.symbian.com/developer/downloads/files/editor.zip

   Features of Perl on Epoc
       The built-in function EPOC::getcwd returns the current directory.

   Restrictions of Perl on Epoc
       Features are left out, because of restrictions of the POSIX support in
       EPOC:

       ·   socket IO is only implemented poorly. You can only use sysread and
	   syswrite on them. The commands read, write, print, <> do not work
	   for sockets. This may change iff epocemx supports sockets.

       ·   kill, alarm and signals. Do not try to use them. This may be
	   impossible to implement on EPOC.

       ·   select is missing.

       ·   binmode does not exist. (No CR LF to LF translation for text files)

       ·   EPOC does not handle the notion of current drive and current
	   directory very well (i.e. not at all, but it tries hard to emulate
	   one). See PATH.

       ·   Heap is limited to 4MB.

       ·   Dynamic loading is not implemented.

   Compiling Perl 5 on the EPOC cross compiling environment
       Sorry, this is far too short.

       ·   You will need the epocemx SDK from Eberhard Mattes.

       ·   Get the Perl sources from your nearest CPAN site.

       ·   Unpack the sources.

       ·   Build a native perl from this sources... Make sure to save the
	   miniperl executable as miniperl.native.

	   Start again from scratch

		 cp epoc/* .
		 ./Configure -S
		 make
		 cp miniperl.native miniperl
		 touch miniperl.exe
		 make
		 perl createpkg.pl

		 emxsis perl.pkg perl.sis

SUPPORT STATUS OF PERL ON EPOC
       I'm offering this port "as is". You can ask me questions, but I can't
       guarantee I'll be able to answer them. Since the port to epocemx is
       quite new, please check the web for updates first.

       Very special thanks to Eberhard Mattes for epocemx.

AUTHOR
       Olaf Flebbe <olaf@oflebbe.de> http://www.oflebbe.de/oflebbe/perl/

LAST UPDATE
       2003-01-18

perl v5.10.1			  2009-02-12			   PERLEPOC(1)
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