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Karl Williamson
February 25, 2013 17:15
Re: [perl #116915] require a "I know EBCDIC is threatened" switchto Configure
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On 02/25/2013 09:36 AM, John Goodyear wrote:
> I'm just getting started with my efforts on z/OS.
> It's early, but are my efforts enough to allow you to put away the cleaver ?

I'm optimistic that we can get this working; I'm committed to it, and 
John looks to be to.

The problem is keeping things in working order.  We need on-going 
periodic testing to make sure that changes we make don't break EBCDIC. 
I think at least monthly, and preferably weekly, testing of blead would 
be sufficient.

Reini Urban pointed out this link just a couple of days ago:
a z/OS simulator that runs on, among other things, Linux.  If that works 
well enough, it might mean an answer to our testing.

If we do get things working, but can't keep things going, I believe we 
owe it to the future potential users to package it into some sort of 

> Ricardo Signes wrote:
>  > Unless there is a heroic effort to both fix and establish regular
> smoking for
>  > perl on z/OS, it and EBCDIC support are on the chopping block.  We
> should step
>  > up our announcement of this fact.
>  > Configure should refuse to build on an EBCDIC platform unless a switch is
>  > passed like -DACK_EBCDIC_WARNING
> John Goodyear

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