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Re: Two debconf issues

On Thu, May 03, 2001 at 05:00:29PM -0400, Joey Hess wrote:
> Wolfgang Sourdeau wrote:
> > > It might happen if there was a good reason, but nobody has suggested one yet.
> > > I doubt there is one.
> > 
> > I have one. It's that dependency on perl makes owners of 486 machines die
> > of an heart-attack whenever an installation task has to occur...
> Bollocks. Profile running perl sometime. Then profile running dpkg.

Let me second this.  Perl is very, very fast.

Perl is faster than most people's hand-crafted C code for certain
tasks (mainly pattern matching type tasks, also its associative array
implementation is pretty nippy).

On my 68020 machine, using a short perl script was an order of
magnitude faster than sed or awk, even for exactly the kind of pattern 
matching tasks that sed and awk are designed for.

Perl ain't your problem, it really ain't.


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