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The author of the port has spoken by posting the instructions for installation at The Zaurus Software Index where he says:

This is a build of Perl 5.8.0 for thr Sharp Zaurus SL-5500. At ~34Mb it takes a lot of space and is best installed onto either an SD (mnt/card)or CF card (mnt/cf). I use it installed into an NFS filesystem, mounted as /mnt/pkgs. With the way "ipkg" works, you'll also need another ~34Mb at install time for temp's. It's best installed manually as (for example) #ipkg -d /mnt/card install Perl_5.8.0_arm.ipk and SD->SD took about 3 hours! It creates a ./pkgs directory (if necessary) to install itself into - a technique familiar to users of the UNIX "graft" facility.

However, I can add that the ipkg -d /mnt/card install.... or its equivilant for Sharp ROM 3.10, ipkg -d /usr/mnt.rom/card install ..... doesn't work, because the temporary files fill up 100% of internal storage before the package is installed to SD. A workaround must exist, and I'm currently looking for a way to move the ipkg temp files to CF during the install.

The other point that the author of the port made in a separate discussion thread at Zaurus Developers Forum was that the SD card needed to use the ext-2 filesystem. Instructions for converting from FAT to ext2 are available by searching the abovementioned website. When I get the whole thing to install properly I'll edit the original root node of this thread with new instructions and post a followup to alert people.


"If I had my life to do over again, I'd be a plumber." -- Albert Einstein

In reply to Re: Re: Installing Perl on the Sharp Zaurus PDA by davido
in thread Installing Perl on the Sharp Zaurus PDA by davido

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