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       README.irix - Perl version 5 on Irix systems

       This document describes various features of Irix that will affect how
       Perl version 5 (hereafter just Perl) is compiled and/or runs.

       Building 32-bit Perl in Irix


	       sh Configure -Dcc=cc -n32

       to compile Perl 32-bit.	Dont bother with -n32 unless you have 7.1 or
       later compilers (use cc -version to check).

       (Building cc -n32 is the default.)

       Building 64-bit Perl in Irix


	       sh Configure -Dcc=cc -64 -Duse64bitint

       This requires require a 64-bit MIPS CPU (R8000, R10000, ...)

       You can also use

	       sh Configure -Dcc=cc -64 -Duse64bitall

       but that makes no difference compared with the -Duse64bitint because of
       the "cc -64".

       You can also do

	       sh Configure -Dcc=cc -n32 -Duse64bitint

       to use long longs for the 64-bit integer type, in case you dont have a
       64-bit CPU.

       If you are using gcc, just

	       sh Configure -Dcc=gcc -Duse64bitint

       should be enough, the Configure should automatically probe for the cor
       rect 64-bit settings.

       About Compiler Versions of Irix

       Some Irix cc versions, e.g. (try cc -version) have been known
       to have issues (coredumps) when compiling perl.c.  If youve used
       -OPT:fast_io=ON and this happens, try removing it.  If that fails, or
       you didnt use that, then try adjusting other optimization options
       (-LNO, -INLINE, -O3 to -O2, etcetera).  The compiler bug has been
       reported to SGI.  (Allen Smith )

       Linker Problems in Irix

       If you get complaints about so_locations then search in the file
       hints/irix_6.sh for "lddflags" and do the suggested adjustments.
       (David Billinghurst )

       Malloc in Irix

       Do not try to use Perls malloc, this will lead into very mysterious
       errors (especially with -Duse64bitall).

       Building with threads in Irix

       Run Configure with -Duseithreads which will configure Perl with the new
       Perl 5.8.0 "interpreter threads", see threads.

       The old Perl 5.005 threads is obsolete, unmaintained, and its use is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 in INSTALL.

       For either thread model and for Irix 6.2, you have to have the follow
       ing patches installed:

	       1404 Irix 6.2 Posix 1003.1b man pages
	       1645 Irix 6.2 & 6.3 POSIX header file updates
	       2000 Irix 6.2 Posix 1003.1b support modules
	       2254 Pthread library fixes
	       2401 6.2 all platform kernel rollup

       IMPORTANT: Without patch 2401, a kernel bug in Irix 6.2 will cause your
       machine to panic and crash when running threaded perl.  Irix 6.3 and
       later are okay.

	   Thanks to Hannu Napari  for the IRIX
	   pthreads patches information.

       Irix 5.3

       While running Configure and when building, you are likely to get quite
       a few of these warnings:

	 The shared object /usr/lib/libm.so did not resolve any symbols.
	       You may want to remove it from your link line.

       Ignore them: in IRIX 5.3 there is no way to quieten ld about this.

       During compilation you will see this warning from toke.c:

	 uopt: Warning: Perl_yylex: this procedure not optimized because it
	       exceeds size threshold; to optimize this procedure, use -Olimit option
	       with value >= 4252.

       Ignore the warning.

       In IRIX 5.3 and with Perl 5.8.1 (Perl 5.8.0 didnt compile in IRIX 5.3)
       the following failures are known.

	Failed Test		     Stat Wstat Total Fail  Failed  List of Failed
	../ext/List/Util/t/shuffle.t	0   139    ??	??	 %  ??
	../lib/Math/Trig.t	      255 65280    29	12  41.38%  24-29
	../lib/sort.t			0   138   119	72  60.50%  48-119
	56 tests and 474 subtests skipped.
	Failed 3/811 test scripts, 99.63% okay. 78/75813 subtests failed, 99.90% okay.

       They are suspected to be compiler errors (at least the shuffle.t fail
       ure is known from some IRIX 6 setups) and math library errors (the
       Trig.t failure), but since IRIX 5 is long since end-of-lifed, further
       fixes for the IRIX are unlikely.  If you can get gcc for 5.3, you could
       try that, too, since gcc in IRIX 6 is a known workaround for at least
       the shuffle.t and sort.t failures.

       Jarkko Hietaniemi 

       Please report any errors, updates, or suggestions to perlbug@perl.org.

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