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Rakudo Star

Rakudo Star 2017.04 is a useful and usable production distribution of Perl 6 which supports the latest Christmas Perl 6 (6.c language version).

Installing from binaries

Windows users can directly install the most recent 64 bit or 32 bit MSI of Rakudo Star from the download directory

Mac users can directly install using the most recent .dmg from the same location

https://rakudo.perl6.org/downloads/star

Docker users can directly install with docker pull rakudo-star

Installing from source

People on UNIX-like systems can try out Rakudo Star from an extracted source tarball.

You will need recent versions of perl, git, make and gcc. Also a basic familiarity with UNIX.

For full instructions see http://rakudo.org/how-to-get-rakudo/

A quick start for Linux/Mac/BSD/Cygwin etc. follows:

% wget https://rakudo.perl6.org/downloads/star/rakudo-star-2017.04.tar.gz
% tar xfz rakudo-star-2017.04.tar.gz 
% cd rakudo-star-2017.04
# perl Configure.pl --gen-moar --prefix /opt/rakudo-star-2017.04     
# make install

Rakudo Star 2017.04 Errata

  • The current Windows 64 binary version is named "rakudo-star-2017.04.2-x86_64 (JIT).msi". This version should be free of the problems of the previous releases.
  • Windows port: NativeCall modules, such as Linenoise, may not fully work depending on compiler (differs depending on whether mingw or MSVC and whether 32 or 64 bit).
  • Intel/Linux, Intel/*BSD and Mac: no specific issues known currently.
  • On ARM/Linux (Raspbian) you need to pass '--no-telemeh' to MoarVM Configure.pl. You then also have to Configure.pl nqp and finally rakudo itself. This process shouldn't be needed in the next release.