Scripting problem

Steve O'Hara-Smith steve at
Thu Oct 12 07:17:56 UTC 2017

On Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:01:55 -0600 (MDT)
Warren Block <wblock at> wrote:

> Perl is much-maligned, but every time I rewrite a shell script in Perl 
> it gets shorter and easier to maintain.  Or longer and more powerful. 
> Python and Ruby are similar.

	The group of people determined to cram as much functionality into
as few bytes of source as possible (eg RSA encryption in a .sig block) did
Perl's reputation no favours. You can write hideously unreadable executable
line noise in Perl, but you can also write wonderfully clear and expressive
code that is a joy to work with.

Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at>

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