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February 23, 2014 20:52
Re: EBCDIC support is on the chopping block
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Would a zPDT based system be OK.
I have one running zOS 1.13 currently I have full access to.  if it can 
run on that then I'm willing to do that. it's also the only place we have 
compilers licensed


From:   Brad Gilbert <>
Cc:     Karl Williamson <>, "" 
<>, "" <>, 
Ricardo Signes <>, "Konovalov, Vadim" 
Date:   02/20/2014 01:58 PM
Subject:        Re: EBCDIC support is on the chopping block

On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 12:22 PM,  <> wrote:
> So this means it doesn't mater if you have a user base doing production 
> with it and what processes will potentially  break.
> Soon as this is not supported many shops will have no choice but to 
> stuff to remove perl from our systems.
> Lack of support in the main stream pretty much mean end of life of the
> product.
> I have no idea what your actually needing.  I have access to a system 
> can I promise it will always be available
> only if I could promise I'll always have the same position which in IT 
> always gold
> Sandra

Well then you can make a business case for helping us maintain
EBCDIC in core.

So you can say something like the following to your boss:

    Either we dedicate some time on a recurring basis on one of our 
    for testing Perl, or we will have to spend a lot of time moving to
a new language.

If you aren't upgrading your Perl binaries, then you can still continue
to use the version(s) you have already. You just won't be able to use the 
features and performance enhancements that are being added to Perl every 

Really all that is being asked is that someone compile Perl, and run some 
on a regular basis. Which can, and should be automated.
With the promise to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

If you think you can get this to happen, I'm sure that there are plenty
of people who would be willing to help you set things up.

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