[CentOS] OT Open Cobol

Fri Apr 27 16:09:31 UTC 2012
Jesus del Valle <yeysus at googlemail.com>

Hi Chris,

In CentOS 6.2:

yum install gmp gmp-devel libtool ncurses ncurses-devel ncurses-libs

yum install libdbi libdbi-devel libtool-ltdl libtool-ltdl-devel db4 db4-devel

(I think I had all but db4-devel pre-installed, not sure now)

cd /opt

wget http://www.sim-basis.de/open-cobol-1.1.tar.gz

tar -xzvf open-cobol-1.1.tar.gz

cd open-cobol-1.1



make check

make install

I have not tested past this; if you send me a small program I could
try to run it.



On Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 5:26 PM,  <m.roth at 5-cent.us> wrote:
> Please don't top post.
> Singer X.J. Wang wrote:
>> On Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 11:04, <m.roth at 5-cent.us> wrote:
>>> Chris Geldenhuis wrote:
>>> >
>>> > Has anyone on this list had any success with installing and using Open
>>> > Cobol on RH or CentOS?
>>> >
>>> > Any pointers would be very welcome.
>>> >
>>> > I have Googled and am working with Vince on the Open Cobol mailing
>>> list
>>> > to try to resolve installation problems.
>>> *sigh*
>>> <pulls brown paper bag over head>
>>> ObAdmission: I wrote *way* too much COBOL a long time ago, in a galaxy
>>> far
>>> away....
>>> It really is past time to migrate to another language, y'know. You could
>>> probably move it to something  like perl fairly easily, or even *bleah*
>>> java.
>> Yes, lets move millions of lines of tested business code to Perl... and
>> what testing? we don't need to test it.
> Why on *earth* would you think I would suggest not testing?  Rather, if it
> were up to me, I'd run them in parallel for a year (so as to include
> year-end closing).
> Among the reasons I suggest it is to
>   a) get rid of the tested spaghetti code (and yes, I've maintained crap
> like that, though not in a lot of years, thankfully);
>   b) structure it using control structures that all modern language have
> (as opposed to, say,
> FROM 1 WHILE I < 200, which yes, I left a lot of behind me, faking
> for/next loops that way), and, finally,
>   c) it's getting harder and harder to find anyone who knows COBOL, since
> it's not a required course, and hasn't been for a lot of years....
>      mark
>        mark
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