Another tool for updating /etc -- lua||other script language
peterjeremy at acm.org
Wed Mar 24 19:03:23 UTC 2010
On 2010-Mar-24 14:11:21 +0100, Ivan Voras <ivoras at freebsd.org> wrote:
>Since the issue comes around very rarely, I assume there are not many
>people who also get the shivers when they see a shell script (and then a
>"posixy" /bin/sh shell script) more than a 100 lines long? :)
With the specific exception of GNU configure and related horrors, I
personally don't have anything against shell scripts. You can write
good or bad code in any language.
>Wouldn't it be nice to have a "blessed" (i.e. present-in-base) script
>language interpreter with a syntax that has evolved since the 1970-ies?
There's awk (though it's somewhat restricted in its abilities to do
anything more than text manipulation) but in principle, I agree. The
requirements as I see them are (in no particular order):
- BSD-compatible license
- must be compatible with buildworld (primarily, it must be possible
- contains a critical mass of users in the FreeBSD developer (and
ideally committer) community
- language must be reasonably stable - will a script written today still
work correctly in (say) 5 years.
- must be acceptable to the vast majority of the user base (no religious
>There was once Perl in base and even though I personally dislike Perl at
>least it was a standard of sorts and guaranteed to be there if needed.
It was removed because it didn't support cross-building (buildworld is
always done as a cross-build) and was evolving at a rate incompatible
with the base system.
>As a possible alternative, or at least to learn about others' opinion on
>the subject, I'd like to suggest Lua (http://www.lua.org/).
As someone who has never used Lua, how well does it meet the
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