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Pike is a dynamic programming language with a syntax similar to Java and C. It is simple to learn, does not require long compilation passes and has powerful built-in data types allowing simple and really fast data manipulation.

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Pike by Fredrik Hübinette 1994-2001 and the Pike team 2001-2021

Permission to copy, modify, and distribute this source for any legal purpose granted as long as my name is still attached to it. More specifically, the GPL, LGPL and MPL licenses apply to this software.

New releases can be found on Report bugs at There is also a mailing list, to subscribe to it mail: [email protected]


If you are building Pike from git, read README-GIT instead.

The top-level makefile (in this directory, not the src directory) has all the magic you need to build Pike. Just type 'make'. To install type "make install" or "make install_interactive".

You will need a C compiler and libgmp. You probably also want to have GNU make and libnettle.

If that doesn't work, refer to README-GIT, in particular the sections on additional "DEPENDENCIES", on "CONFIGURE OPTIONS AND BUILD VARIABLES", on "MANUAL BUILDING" and, if needed, the section "IF IT DOESN'T WORK".


If you find a bug in the interpreter, the first thing to do is to make sure the interpreter is compiled with PIKEDEBUG defined. If not, recompile with PIKEDEBUG and see if you get another error. When you've done this, please report the bug to us at and include as much as you can muster of the following:

o The version of the driver. (Try pike --version or look in src/version.h) 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 interpreter bug. o A description of what it is that bugs and when. o If you know how, then also give us a backtrace and dump of vital variables at the point of crash. o Or, if you found the error and corrected it, just send us the bugfix along with a description of what you did and why.

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