Choosing between sh and perl for system scripts
itetcu at apropo.ro
Tue Feb 10 08:46:07 PST 2004
On Tue, 10 Feb 2004 15:44:16 +0000
Jonathon McKitrick <jcm at FreeBSD-uk.eu.org> wrote:
> Now that I have a desktop workstation and network, I'm trying to learn the
> true admin side of BSD, such as the periodic tasks, and how to automate
> things. I see perl all over the system, and I know it's powerful and easy
> to use. What might help me decide which tool would be best for the scripts
> I want to write?
Your own experience ;)
sh is more portable, you will find it on almost every *nix; you will have to learn about it to understand
various scripts from the base system like (/usr/local)etc/rc.d/*;
make(1) has a very similar syntax.
perl on the other hand is more powerful and you have a lot of modules (CPAN).
You will end up knowing both, probably.
Unregistered ;) FreeBSD user
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