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Re: Beginning Perl for system admins

by hardburn (Abbot)
on Sep 20, 2002 at 13:45 UTC ( #199468=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Beginning Perl for system admins

Use Cygwin. It gives you a *nix-like system over Win32. You can find it on Perl is included in the Cygwin packages, though it is a little buggy at times. Most of the problems I've had are with weird CPAN modules (like Date::Discordian).

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Re: Re: Beginning Perl for system admins
by helgi (Hermit) on Sep 20, 2002 at 14:14 UTC
    I disagree. Cygwin is nice to get a generally Unix like environment under Windows and I use it every day, but its Perl distribution lags behind Activestate's and is far harder to get working and harder to integrate with the Win32 class of modules.

    Helgi Briem

      I agree. For SA work on Windows, go with Activestate. I think Cygwin is handy if you need to deploy to Unix. The really valuable modules you'd use for SA work on Windows (Registry, OLE and the like) are going to be quite challenging to get working under Cygwin, but they are tested and readily available under Activestate.

Re^2: Beginning Perl for system admins
by Flexx (Pilgrim) on Sep 20, 2002 at 23:35 UTC

    Good you brought that up. For me, Cygwin is one of a very few reliefs that keeps me from throwing cakes at a guy named Bill. Working on Unix (thank God (for making Linus ;)) most of the time, it saved me from a severe adrenalin rush more than once when I typed ls -la in a DOS box... ;)

    When it comes to Perl under Win32, I use ActivePerl, which integrates seamlessly into CygWin and vice versa. Actually I'm impressed by how well this integrates. I use LyX under Cygwin, running on a Win32 X Server, which calles Win32 MikTeX to produce output. Cool stuff. The world could be such a fine place... ;)

    But 'nuff of that. Even if you're a M$ apostle Cygwin will make sense, and if it's only that you have a ls, ps, etc. at hand, just in case someone want's to backtick to them. And many examples in the Perl docs or books or on PerlMonks will have some reference to those tools. Besides that Perl set aside for the moment, you'll get rsync and wget and lot's of other tools that might be quite helpful especially for a sysadmin.

    So long,

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