[Firewall] gawk etc. why not just use perl and be done with it?

Arno van Amersfoort arnova at rocky.eld.leidenuniv.nl
Tue Mar 17 10:16:34 CET 2009

Well the answer is pretty simple: I once chose Bash to write the script 
in and I see no apparent reason to completely rewrite it into Perl. And 
even if I would, it would certaintly NOT be Perl but rather Python or 
something. IMO Bash scripts are a lot easier to interpret (for others) 
than Perl...


James McArthur wrote:
> Hi,
> m laks <mlaks2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Hi, Most linux distributions have perl installed (and it is easier
>> for me to read than shell ;)) and it  has all this stuff in it
>> already... It might make growth and  development much much easier...
> I like perl, but on the machines Arno's firewall is put onto, perl is a
> separate package that would need to be installed, consuming very limited
> space on the flash.
> (On the dev machine here, perl is nearly 1.5Mbytes whereas gawk is a
> little over 300kbytes).
> James
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