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Re^3: perl and linux (was Re^3: Tired of "Perl is dead" FUD ?)

by mr_mischief (Monsignor)
on Sep 20, 2007 at 02:19 UTC ( #640028=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: perl and linux (was Re^3: Tired of "Perl is dead" FUD ?)
in thread Tired of "Perl is dead" FUD ?

It's all really a matter of scope I think. Of course, the friendlier a package is to Perl and the harder it would be to replace, the more likely it'd stay around anyway. Apache, postfix, Exim (although I prefer Postfix), emacs (although I prefer vim), vim, the GIMP, and several others already are pretty Perl-friendly.

Startup and shutdown scripts would definitely be the place to start. The reason I'd like also to see many command-line tools done in Perl is threefold. It encourages more tinkering than the current BSD or GNU tools. It also, if they are licensed under Perl's terms, deals with quite a few licensing issues where BSD and GNU tools fall on opposite sides of the fence. I could take my Perl-based, Perl-licensed tools anywhere on any system where they'll work, and not get hassled by others about the license. It's also a bit easier to have portable Perl-based programs for the command line than to write similarly portable ones from scratch in C. Most of the portable C programs that exist got that way over a long period of time.

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Re^4: perl and linux (was Re^3: Tired of "Perl is dead" FUD ?)
by wolfger (Deacon) on Sep 20, 2007 at 13:33 UTC

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