This is what you need to do to install Pike:
1) Run ./configure, this is a sh script that will generate machine.h and
Makefile from machine.h.in and Makefile.in.
Some options for ./configure are:
--prefix=/foo/bar if you want to install Pike in /foo/bar,
default is /usr/local.
--without-gdbm compile without gdbm support
--without-gmp compile without gmp support
--without-readline compile without readline support
--without-debug compile without runtime debugging
--without-threads compile without threads support
--without-zlib compile without gzip compression libary support
You might also want to set the following environment variables:
CFLAGS Put extra flags for your C compiler here.
CPPFLAGS Put extra flags for your C preprocessor here
(such as -I/usr/gnu/include)
LDFLAGS Put extra flags to your linker here, such as -L/usr/gnu/lib
Use the above flags to make sure the configure script finds the gdbm,
gmp and readline libraries and include files if you need or want those
modules. If the configure script doesn't find them, Pike will sill compile,
but without those modules.
2) If needed, edit config.h and Makefile to suit your purposes.
I've tried to make it so that you don't have to change config.h or
Makefile at all. If you need to do what you consider 'unnessecary
changes' then mail me and I'll try to fit it into configure.
If possible, use gnu make, gcc, gnu sed and bison.
3) Run make.
4) optionally, run 'make verify' to check that the compiled driver works
as it should (might be a good idea) This will take a little time and use
quite a lot of memory, because the testprogram is quite large. If everything
works out fine no extra messages are written.
5) If you want to install Pike, write 'make install'
6) Optionally do 'make html_docs' to create a directory called docs which
will contain the Pike documentation in html. This directory can then
be copied to anywhere you want.
What to do when it doesn't work:
1) Try again.
2) Your sh might be too buggy to run ./configure. (This is the case on A/UX)
Try using bash, zsh or possibly ksh. To use bash, first run /bin/sh and
$ export CONFIG_SHELL
$ $CONFIG_SHELL ./configure
3) ./configure relies heavily on sed, if you have several sed in your path
try another sed. (preferably gnu sed)
4) configure might have done something wrong, check machine.h and report
any errors back to me.
5) Your gmp/readline/gdbm libraries might not be working or incorrectly
installed, start over by running configure with the approperiate
--without-xxx arguments. Also note that threads might give problems
with I/O and signals. If so you need to run configure --without-threads.
6) Try a different compiler, malloc, compiler-compiler and/or make.
(if you have any other)
7) On Linux Slackware machines (older than slackware 3.0), Pike sometimes
fails to find -lm, this is because of a bug in /usr/lib/libm.sa
(or possibly libg.a) in slackware.
Compile with 'make EXTRALIBS="-lc -lm"' to get around this bug.
If you find a bug in the interpreter, the first thing to do is to make sure
the interpreter is compiled with DEBUG defined. If not recompile with DEBUG
and see if you get another error. When you've done this, please report the
bug to firstname.lastname@example.org and include as much as you can muster of the
o The version of the driver. (can be found in lib/simulate.pike)
o What kind of system hardware/software you use (OS, compiler, etc.)
o the piece of code that crashes or bugs.
(preferably in a very small pike-script with the bug isolated)
Please send a complete running example of something that makes the
o a description of what it is that bugs and when.
o if you know how then also give me a backtrace and dump of vital variables
at the point of crash.
o or, if you found the error and corrected it, just send me the bugfix along
with a description of what you did and why.