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Re: [PATCH 0/4] faster gnulib-tool

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/4] faster gnulib-tool
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2009 14:59:17 +0100

Bruno Haible <address@hidden> wrote:
> Unfortunately, I don't see a better choice as an implementation language
> of gnulib-tool:
>   - Python is good for text processing but does incompatible changes
>     in the language definition every couple of years.
>   - Perl is excluded because of the misdesigned syntax, and it also
>     has incompatible changes e.g. between perl 5.6 and 5.8.

IMHO, Perl comes closest.  It is robust and may now be ubiquitous
enough for our needs.  It's not hard to restrict the syntax used
to that (large!) subset that is portable.

I'd much rather endure Perl's syntax than the arcane portability rules
associated with all the shells and utilities that gnulib-tool currently

And I'd certainly appreciate the resulting speed-up.

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