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Re: [CFT] Shell functionization patch (if you don't know what that means

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: [CFT] Shell functionization patch (if you don't know what that means, it's faster Autoconf and leaner configure scripts)
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2008 22:41:25 -0500 (CDT)

On Mon, 27 Oct 2008, Eric Blake wrote:

Autoconf already uses perl to convert into configure.  I
think you are asking what it would take to rewrite configure to use perl
rather than sh.  But what would it buy us?  sh is more portable than perl
(as measured by the number of platforms where it is included as part of n
a default bare-bones installation), and starts up considerably faster on

Perl is also quite rapidly losing popularity to other scripting languages such as Python and Ruby. There was an over five year span without a Perl release, and with a released Perl which failed to build and work on some common platforms. Building Perl from sources is often quite a trial (i.e. it does not use Autoconf) and it is easily an order of magnitude more difficult than Python and Ruby.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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