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Aristotle Pagaltzis
February 21, 2014 15:35
Re: EBCDIC support is on the chopping block
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* Konovalov, Vadim <> [2014-02-19 10:45]:
> I will look closer into z/OS problem at all.

I seem to remember last time someone looked into this they reported that
modern z/OS has some sort of ASCII compatibility layer, and any effort
that was started to port perl to z/OS now would almost certainly use
that rather than trying to make perl EBCDIC at the core.

In IRC, Leon pointed out that most of CPAN is probably broken on EBCDIC
anyway. And what shall it profit a language if it shall gain a platform
and lose its ecosystem?

Note that a perl ported to z/OS using the ASCII compat layer would make
these broken modules work, since it’d still be ASCII at the core.

So you have the curious situation where dropping EBCDIC support from the
perl core is actually *better* for z/OS users of perl than keeping it…
if and when an ASCII-based z/OS port materialises.

If you can work on that, that would be a far more worthwhile investment
of your time than trying to keep EBCDIC perl alive.

Aristotle Pagaltzis // <>

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