Re: source dependencies cleanup (Perl)?

Cameron MacKinnon (
Thu, 05 Dec 1996 15:21:17 -0500

Joshua M. Thompson wrote:
> The question is: is there any GOOD reason why the Configure program is
> still written as a bash script? I'm a big fan of Perl myself, and I'd say
> it's reasonable to expect anyone who is configuring and compiling their
> own kernel to have Perl installed. Obviously we wouldn't want to depend on
> my particular Perl _libraries_ being installed, just the bare necessities.

There is precedent for this. While you weren't looking, this got stuck
in the kernel source tree (don't know how long ago, but definitely in
the 1.3 series):

ratboy:/usr/src/linux# head drivers/scsi/
#! /usr/local/bin/perl

# NCR 53c810 script assembler
# Sponsored by
# iX Multiuser Multitasking Magazine
# Copyright 1993, Drew Eckhardt
# Visionary Computing
# (Unix and Linux consulting and custom programming)
# drew@Colorado.EDU

Three cheers for Larry Wall!