Why Perl here ?

James Gilb (p27451) p27451 "at" email.sps.mot.com
Fri, 27 Mar 1998 16:29:39 +0000

So when do you suppose you will have your Bourne shell script ready so
that everyone else can use it?

alexandre.ferrieux "at" cnet.francetelecom.fr wrote:

> A naive question:
>         Why the !@#$%^ does the 'vncserver' script use Perl ???
> What  nifty constructs  in  Perl, missing in the Bourne shell,  do you
> need to:
>         - set up a few env variables and options
>         - check for broken PATHs
>         - make sure the computer power is on (just kidding)
> Of course, Xvnc can be used without it. But don't you think people who
> need it most deadly are those who don't have Perl ?
> -Alex

James Gilb, p27451 "at" email.mot.com

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