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Steffen Mueller
March 31, 2007 07:38
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Hi p5p,

as per Merijns suggestion, I checked the URLs in some of the OS specific 
README files. The various small patches are inlined for review but also 
attached as a text file.

First the good news:

"README.$_" for qw/aix apollo beos bs2000 ce dgux freebsd hpux hurd irix 
linux machten macos macosx micro mint openbsd plan9 qnx riscos solaris 
symbian tru64 uts vmesa vos win32/
seem fine. The following don't.


One bad URL. Seems like a site redesign and just needs the trailing 
index.html removed.

--- README.amiga.orig   2007-03-31 15:17:19.000000000 +0200
+++ README.amiga        2007-03-31 15:17:28.000000000 +0200
@@ -26,7 +26,7 @@
  A recent version of perl for the Amiga can be found at the Geek Gadgets
  section of the Aminet:


Not an OS README, but still, dead URLs. I'm not in the position to fix 
this, though.

Bad URLs:

The two links time out as does This might be a temporary issue, so no patch 
from me.

Line 55, Editors on Epoc URL is now invalid. Perhaps one could replace 
it with a reference to ? There are OSS projects 
like vim on Epoc. Just a suggestion, I'm not an Epoc user.

--- README.epoc.orig    2007-03-31 13:26:59.000000000 +0200
+++ README.epoc 2007-03-31 13:29:15.000000000 +0200
@@ -53,8 +53,7 @@

  =head2 Editors on Epoc

-A suitable text editor can be downloaded from symbian
+ hosts a port of vim.

  =head2 Features of Perl on Epoc

@@ -154,6 +153,6 @@

  =head1 LAST UPDATE




Line 49, ftp URL fpr DJGPP on gives a 550.

However, the (also linked) DJGPP home page has a rather prominent 
download link. Isn't that enough?

--- README.dos.orig     2007-03-31 15:12:59.000000000 +0200
+++ README.dos  2007-03-31 15:13:07.000000000 +0200
@@ -43,11 +43,6 @@
  If you have questions about DJGPP, try posting to the DJGPP newsgroup:
  comp.os.msdos.djgpp, or use the email gateway

-You can find the full DJGPP distribution on any SimTel.Net mirror all over
-the world. Like:
  You need the following files to build perl (or add new modules):

========== (as well as #Japan, etc.) all 
give me 404.

========== has a Fedora Apache test page. says "Sorry". is a parked domain. doesn't have an HTTP server on port 80 or not DNS 
entry. and 
time out. Might be temporary.

Line 284, gives a 
404. Naturally, line 288 fails, too.
Sorry, no patch.

Line 27, redirects to

--- README.netware.orig 2007-03-31 15:57:49.000000000 +0200
+++ README.netware      2007-03-31 15:58:26.000000000 +0200
@@ -24,8 +24,9 @@
  The build requires CodeWarrior compiler and linker.  In addition,
  the "NetWare SDK", "NLM & NetWare Libraries for C" and
  "NetWare Server Protocol Libraries for C", all available at
-L<>, are also required.
-Microsoft Visual C++ version 4.2 or later is also required.
+are required. Microsoft Visual C++ version 4.2 or later is also

  =head2 Setup

Lines 211, 212: and are goners as are in lines 238f:

Line 240 
times out.

Line 803 is not what it used to 
be. You know, this README.os2 file is damn long!

The four URLs on lines 849ff are all bad. The one on line 860 times out.

Cynically, on line 905, gives a 
nice 404 "Not Found".

Line 38, 
os no longer available. But the link just a couple lines earlier 
mentions gzip as well. Perhaps we can replace this line by the page of 
ported tools at ? 
Hmm. Perhaps not. How about removing it? I'm not sure what used to be 
there. (Discussion of gzip on OS/390? No clue.) I'm not proving a patch 
to remove it.

The link in line 415 
is dead. It's still available from at 
but a search on the IBM redbooks website turned up nothing. Remove? No 
patch attached.

Line 17, is 
dead. No idea how to replace it.
Line 110, 404s. As 
does (line 124). Line 128, fails, too.

Line 97, is no longer available. I 
suggest removing it. Line 106 is bad. I'd also 
remove it.

This: is an empty directory.
Dead: ==> Remove? and time out. I'm leaving them in 
for now.

--- README.vms.orig     2007-03-31 16:27:18.000000000 +0200
+++ README.vms  2007-03-31 16:32:25.000000000 +0200
@@ -94,7 +94,6 @@
  of web/ftp sites and is distributed on the OpenVMS Freeware CD-ROM
  from Compaq.


@@ -104,7 +103,6 @@
  available from a number of web/ftp sites and is distributed on the OpenVMS
  Freeware CD-ROM from Compaq.


  Recent versions of VMS tar on ODS-5 volumes may extract tape archive
@@ -118,7 +116,6 @@

  =item 4  MOST

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