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perl for HP NonStop

by andreas1234567 (Vicar)
on Sep 20, 2011 at 09:25 UTC ( #926875=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
andreas1234567 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I have been asked to figure out if there exists a perl for the HP NonStop (previously known as Tandem NonStop, Compaq NonStop) platform. It is not listed among the 34 Supported Platforms in perldoc. There is a mention of it on the perl.perl5.porters mailing list a while back (Aug 2010) but I can find few other references than HP's own marketing material (2007) that contains broken links to their open source information pages.

Would any enlightened Monk be able to advise?

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Re: perl for HP NonStop
by johngg (Abbot) on Sep 20, 2011 at 09:51 UTC

    There is something called the Open System Services Environment under the HP NonStop o/s that gives access to a *nix-like shell and commands. I can't be certain (I was sent on a course a while back but haven't had access to a NonStop box since) but my recollection is that there is a perl interpreter in that environment but what version it might be I can't recall.



Re: perl for HP NonStop
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Chancellor) on Sep 21, 2011 at 10:44 UTC

    You can download Perl 5.8.7 for the NSK OSS environment from the ITUGLIB Open Source Technical Library. I've used it on OSS (a Unix-like environment) and it works reasonably well. You can interoperate with the Guardian environment from OSS by running the gtacl command via Perl's system function or backticks. IIRC, I had to make a one-line change to the File::Find module (changed the value of one of the link variables I think, update: added the line $File::Find::dont_use_nlink = 1; to to get it to work reliably. And setting up the networking (I copied /etc/hosts, /etc/services, /etc/protocols, /etc/inetd.conf and a bunch of other Unix-like files across from a Unix box) was a pest.

    Last time I looked (around five years ago), building Perl from source on OSS was not trivial. The ITUGLIB Perl was built using a "HP Internal" version of gcc that was not generally available. Update: So installing CPAN modules with C/xs components is problematic. Pure Perl CPAN modules are fine though, and I successfully installed a number of those.

    A very old version of Perl (5.004 I think) is available for the Guardian environment, though I've not used it. Guardian is not at all Unix-like (e.g. file names limited to eight characters in length with no file extension and lacking Unix-like hierarchical directories), so this is an ancient custom fork and a lot of Unix-like Perl features will necessarily be missing on Guardian.

Re: perl for HP NonStop
by flexvault (Monsignor) on Sep 21, 2011 at 10:03 UTC


    Did you try to compile a version?

    If you haven't, download a recent perl source tar-ball (5.12.2 +) and give it a try. You should have much better results with the later perl versions, and you will probably have a more stable release. Just follow the "INSTALLATION" example and give it a try.

    I did a search of a 5.12.2 dist and found some references to "NonStop-UX is now supported". But that looked like some very old documentation.

    Good Luck

    "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin

      I don't have access to Nonstop hardware. I'm just asking if it is theoretically possible to run (any recent) perl on it.

      No matter how great and destructive your problems may seem now, remember, you've probably only seen the tip of them. [1]

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