README.macos - Perl under Mac OS


README.macos - Perl under Mac OS (Classic)


This document briefly describes perl under Mac OS (Classic). If you are running perl under Mac OS X, you don't want to be here (unless you are in the Classic environment under Mac OS X).

When we say ``Mac OS'' below, we mean pre-Mac OS X, which includes Mac OS 7, 8, and 9.


The perl 5.6.1 source itself builds on Mac OS, with some additional pieces. Support for Mac OS is now in the perl core, and MacPerl will be able to, in the future, keep in closer sync with regular perl releases.

At this time, though, it is very buggy, and is under development. An alpha release is coming very soon.

To build perl for Mac OS (as an MPW tool), you will need the addition of the ``macos'' subdirectory, distributed separately. It includes extra source files, config files, and make files. It also includes a lot of extra Mac-specific modules.

To build the MacPerl application, you will also need the ``macperl'' directory, which includes the source files for creating the application itself.

All of this is also available from the SourceForge site, via HTTP, FTP, and anonymous CVS.

You will also need compilers and libraries, all of them freely available. These are linked to from the SourceForge site. Go that site for all things having to do with MacPerl development.

MacPerl 5.2.0r4 is available on the CPAN and on SourceForge. It is based on perl 5.004.


perl was ported to Mac OS by Matthias Neeracher <>. It is currently maintained by Chris Nandor <>.


Last modified 2001.04.05.

 README.macos - Perl under Mac OS