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February 25, 2013 18:38
Re: [perl #116915] require a "I know EBCDIC is threatened" switch toConfigure
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The only issue with Hercules is being licensed to run zOS on it.
We do run zPDT here and I have zOS 1.13 loaded on it now.
I can not of course allow outside access to our internal network for 
others to logon.
but if it is a packaged set that I can run here I'll be happy to run test 
on our PDT system


From:   Karl Williamson <>
To:     John Goodyear <>
Cc:,, Ricardo Signes 
Date:   02/25/2013 12:15 PM
Subject:        Re: [perl #116915] require a "I know EBCDIC is threatened" 
switch to Configure

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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