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Re: [Monotone-devel] Contributed scripts and how to handle them...

From: CooSoft Support
Subject: Re: [Monotone-devel] Contributed scripts and how to handle them...
Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2011 08:58:40 +0000
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What I was referring to as standard Perl, was in the English sense of the word and not referring to an ISO standard. I.e. my script will run on a basic vanilla install of Perl, what would be got by downloading and compiling the tar ball from with default arguments to ./configure. It doesn't need extra CPAN packages, unlike mtn-browse, and is not dependant on multi-threading (an option on ./configure). It's just a lot easier to use the word `standard'... :-)

What is available to a Perl script can differ quite dramatically from distro to distro. mtn-browse would work out of the box on Mandrake, likewise Debian and Ubuntu, but RedHat you would have to download about 10 CPAN packages. Whereas mtn-cleanup is a much more basic script.

Sorry for the confusion.

Hope this helps :-)


Stephen Leake wrote:
Richard Levitte <address@hidden> writes:

In message <address@hidden> on Sun, 06 Feb 2011 10:04:35 -0500, Stephen Leake 
<address@hidden> said:

stephen_leake> I have a beef about people using the word "standard" in this 
way; is
stephen_leake> there an actual ISO or national standard for Perl? Or do you 
just mean
stephen_leake> "Perl from some normal place, not customized". We need more 
terms for
stephen_leake> this. We have "international standard", "national standard", 
stephen_leake> standard". I don't think Perl is any of those? It's just a 
common package.

de-facto standard ;-)

Hmm. That would be for things like Hayes modem commands, or Midi
commands; one company initially dominated, then other companies created
independent implementations of the same command set.

I think there is only one Perl implementation.

So just "Perl" is enough; no need to say "standard".

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