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Irek Szczesniak
September 9, 2013 08:31
Re: Goodbye to the 3b1
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On Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 5:59 PM, Andy Dougherty <> wrote:
> Inspired by the recent archaeology in old #ifdef's, I noted that perl
> still ships with hints files (and a replacement compiler script!) for
> the AT&T Unix PC (aka 7300 or 3b1).  That script won't work anymore,
> since the compiler didn't understand ANSI C.  I'm pretty sure the last
> successful build I had on that platform was 5.001m.
> Normally, I think we ought to put in a "will-be-removed" type notice in
> one version, and then actually remove it in the next, but in this case
> I think that's just wasting time.

I think such a warning is required for consistency and fairness.
Please follow the established procedure.

> The beefiest 3b1 only had 2M of RAM
> (mine only had 1M) and a 67 MB hard drive (I think mine was 40 MB).
> You can't even unpack perl-5.18.0 on a disk that small, let alone build
> it in that little bit of RAM.

Are you sure? AT&T still deploys ksh93 (last I've seen was ksh93
version 's') for that platform, and the AST toolkit (used by ksh93 for
platform abstraction) is a lot more complex than perl's core, and
takes a lot of memory to build.


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