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Re: portability as a goal for debian?

On Thu, Mar 08, 2001 at 12:04:21PM -0600, David Starner wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 08, 2001 at 09:55:40AM -0800, John H. Robinson, IV wrote:
> > note: there is nothing that can do dpkg's job that is smaller than dpkg.
> >       replacing perl with mawk and sed is smaller than perl. however,
> >       perl can do lots more than sed+mawk
> Not so; awk alone can solve all Church-computable problems, which is the
> same set of problems perl can solve.

i am not an awk wizard.  heck, i am not even a perl wizard but:

can you run an infobot written in awk, complete with connecting to the
IRC server?

yes, i know it is possible to do higher math in sed (i have a sed script
to compute primes. however it is very slow. but it /can/ be done), but
somehow i think that opening tcp sockets is a bit beyond sed/awk.


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