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Re: Perl script compressorby afoken (Canon)
|on Dec 08, 2019 at 17:33 UTC||Need Help??|
I am trying to write a perl script which can compress a perl script without breaking it. Its job is to remove comments, new line characters, and unnecessary whitespace.
Just for fun or education? That would be ok.
But I see no other reason for doing so. 180 kByte floppy disks are gone since decades, commonly available mass storage is in the GByte or TByte range, so there is no shortage of disk space. Perl's compile phase won't be speed up significantly by stripping whitespace and comments. Any kind of electronic transmission can be significantly accelerated by applying state of the art compression (e.g. bzip2, lzma) before transmission. (Just for fun: Current CGI.pm has 123 KBytes, gzip compresses that to 36 KBytes, bzip2 and lzma even down to 32 KBytes, all without any loss of information!)
So what's left? Creating a maintainance nightmare, just because you can?
Or did I miss something?
Today I will gladly share my knowledge and experience, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so". ;-)