vnc-list-digest V1 #157

raoul@world.std.com raoul "at" world.std.com
Fri, 11 Dec 1998 13:20:10 +0000


On Fri, 11 Dec 1998, vnc-list-digest wrote:


> From: Jonathan Marsden <Jonathan "at" XC.Org>
> Subject: Re: Perl portability
> 
> On 10 Dec 1998, raoul "at" world.std.com writes:

> > Well, you've just made quite good points. And trying to make shell
> > scripts portable can be a *nightmare*, where Perl at least has the
> > pretense of being similar from platform to platform. It's just hard
> > to tell which *release* of Perl is in use, which is easier to double
> > check under Linux (rpm is your friend).
> 
> Hmmm?  rpm???  What for?  perl -e 'print $]' is 'hard' for you??  

> IMO, well-written Perl *is* a good solution when portability is a
> requirement.

You're right. And cross-compatibility can be considerably harder
than you may have realized with this example, although your solution
is good. Would VNC roll this one into the release, and post it
on the web-based docs?



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