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February 25, 2013 19:31
Re: [perl #116915] require a "I know EBCDIC is threatened" switch to Configure
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What we generally need is someone to "smoke-test" Perl regularly and
send us reports of the build process that we can use those to try to
support you. If it involves manual labor to do IMO it will be too time
consuming to be of that much use.


On 25 February 2013 18:22,  <> wrote:
> 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
> Sandra
> 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
> release.
>> 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

perl -Mre=debug -e "/just|another|perl|hacker/"

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