Subject: Re: Suggestion: inclusion of the truncate(1) utility into the tree
To: Marc Espie <Marc.Espie@liafa.jussieu.fr>
From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 07/21/2000 20:45:38
[ On Saturday, July 22, 2000 at 00:36:52 (+0200), Marc Espie wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Suggestion: inclusion of the truncate(1) utility into the tree
> Next time you're bored, time NetBSD makewhatis (you know, the one in C).
> Now, compare it to OpenBSD's version (you know the one in perl).
> Now guess which one is faster.
Guess which one can be faster if both are optimised to their limits.....
> As far as awk and sh go, yeah, sure. Those tools exist. Perl is simpler,
> easier to maintain, generally faster, simpler to get secure, to debug, etc.
I think *NOT*! (Well maybe not so easy to debug as perl....)
> (also, perl is usually more portable than your random assortment of `standard'
> shell tools... being involved with maintaining a few supposedly `standard'
> tools, I know...)
once again, not really..... (so long as you actually pay attention to
"The Single Unix Standard")
> Your choice, really... You can live in the '80s if you wish to.
Well if you want an integrated, interpreted, language useful for
system-level hacking, and you want to get out of the 1980's (there's
never been a more 80s tool than Perl!), then you might look at Python,
or Pike, or ICI, or even Guile.
Greg A. Woods
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