Rakudo: Revision 14
The "Rakudo Perl 6 Compiler"<http://rakudo.org/> ("rakudo" for short) targets the "Parrot Virtual Machine"<http://parrotcode.org/>, and it currently lives "on github"<http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo/>.
To build the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler, first "get a working copy of Parrot"<http://www.parrot.org/download> and build Parrot. Then, once Parrot is built, change to the languages/ subdirectory and obtain your copy of Rakudo there:
> `git clone git://github.com/rakudo/rakudo.git`
Then change to the newly created rakudo/ directory, and configure and build it:
> `perl Configure.pl`
> `make perl6`
...which will build an executable.
Note that your 'make' command may not be exactly those four letters, and on Windows, the target is 'perl6.exe' instead of 'perl6'. So your command may end up looking like
> `nmake perl6.exe`
To run a program with Rakudo Perl 6, issue a command like
> `perl6 hello.pl`
Or, to run an interactive perl6, type
For additional build instructions, you might also have a look at "this blog post"<http://perlgeek.de/blog-en/perl-6/where-rakudo-lives.writeback>.
Parrot and Rakudo change rapidly; if you have issues with the latest point release, be sure to try svn/git-latest of parrot/rakudo.
* [rakudo feature status]
* [perl6 tasks]
Also check out [Getting Involved] to learn about how to help with development, and see [A Guide to the Pugs Repository for Rakudo Hackers].