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       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 pack-

           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 recommended, 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

       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 4.3.THREE):

           # 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 com-
       patibility 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 recommended. 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
        Connected to
        : welcome message ...
        Name ( 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

       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

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

        # 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
       load/downloadaz.jsp and click "C for AIX", and follow the instructions.

       The usenm option

       If linking miniperl

        cc -o miniperl ... miniperlmain.o opmini.o perl.o ... -lm -lc ...

       causes error like this

        ld: 0711-317 ERROR: Undefined symbol: .aintl
        ld: 0711-317 ERROR: Undefined symbol: .copysignl
        ld: 0711-317 ERROR: Undefined symbol: .syscall
        ld: 0711-317 ERROR: Undefined symbol: .eaccess
        ld: 0711-317 ERROR: Undefined symbol: .setresuid
        ld: 0711-317 ERROR: Undefined symbol: .setresgid
        ld: 0711-317 ERROR: Undefined symbol: .setproctitle
        ld: 0711-345 Use the -bloadmap or -bnoquiet option to obtain more information.

       you could retry with

        make realclean
        ./Configure -Dusenm ...

       which makes Configure to use the "nm" tool when scanning for library symbols, which usually is not done in AIX.

       Related to this, you probably should not use the "-r" option of Configure in AIX, because that affects of how
       the "nm" tool is used.

       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
       64-bit configurations.

       You may get a warning when doing a threaded build:

         "pp_sys.c", line 4640.39: 1506-280 (W) Function argument assignment between types "unsigned char*" and "const void*" is not allowed.

       The exact line number may vary, but if the warning (W) comes from a line line this

         hent = PerlSock_gethostbyaddr(addr, (Netdb_hlen_t) addrlen, addrtype);

       in the "pp_ghostent" function, you may ignore it safely.  The warning is caused by the reentrant variant of
       gethostbyaddr() having a slightly different prototype than its non-reentrant variant, but the difference is not
       really significant here.

       64-bit Perl

       If your AIX is installed with 64-bit support, you can expect 64-bit 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 gettimeofday()) return broken values, and therefore in AIX 4.2 Perl is not linked against
       the libC_r.

       H.Merijn Brand <>

       Version 0.0.6: 23 Dec 2002

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