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Re: Perl essential ?

On Fri, Mar 02, 2001 at 12:31:34PM +1100, Glenn McGrath wrote:
> >From my count there are 24 essential binaries, totalling 6550kB of
> linux-i386 debs.
> Perl-base is one of them at 840kB, ~13% of total essential size.


> I just unpacked all the essential binaries except perl, did "grep perl
> -r *" and found the following depend on perl
> (any other test i should have done ?)
> Would it be a good long term goal to remove perl from Esssential and
> rewrite these scripts for a posix compliant shell or in c.


Perl should NOT be required. It's an interpreter. For scripts.

> Im dont know much about perl or these scripts, but im good with c and ok
> with sh scripts, if i did work on non-perl replacements would they be
> welcome ?

It probably depends on the package maintainer, but I myself am excited
about anything that removes a dependency without introducing significant

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