Larry Wall (Computer Scientist)

#24192 Larry Wall

Although theSlogan is There's More Than One Way to Do It, I hesitate to make 10 ways to do something. .

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#24193 Larry Wall

And don't tell me there isn't one bit of difference between null and space, because that's exactly how much difference there is. .

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#24194 Larry Wall

Because . doesn't match \n. [\0-\377] is the most efficient way to match everything currently. Maybe \e should match everything. And \E would of course match nothing. .

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#24195 Larry Wall

Besides, REAL computers have a rename() system call. .

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#24196 Larry Wall

Chip Salzenberg sent me a complete patch to add System V IPC (msg, sem and shm calls), so I added them. If that bothers you, you can always undefine them in .

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#24197 Larry Wall

I don't know if it's what you want, but it's what you get. .

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#24198 Larry Wall

I dunno, I dream insometimes... .

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#24199 Larry Wall

Piet van Oostrum: I find this a nice feature but it is not according to the documentation. Or is it a BUG?Larry Wall: Let's call it an accidental feature. .

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#24200 Larry Wall

(To ) If you consistently take an antagonistic approach, however, people are going to start thinking you're from New York. .

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#24201 Larry Wall

If you want to program in C, program in C. It's a nice language. I use it occasionally... .

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#24202 Larry Wall

I know it's weird, but it does make it easier to write poetry in . .

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#24203 Larry Wall

I'm sure that that could be indented more readably, but I'm scared of the awk parser. .

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#24204 Larry Wall

It is, of course, written in . Translation to C is left as an exercise for the reader. .

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#24205 Larry Wall

It's all magic. .

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#24206 Larry Wall

It's documented in The Book, somewhere... .

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#24207 Larry Wall

It won't be covered in the book. The source code has to be useful for something, after all... .

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#24208 Larry Wall

Dan Smith: I've tried (in vi) 'g/[a-z]\n[a-z]/s//_/'...but that doesn't cut it. Any ideas? (I take it that it may be a two-pass sort of solution).Larry Wall: In the first pass, install . .

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#24209 Larry Wall

Let's say the docs present a simplified view of reality... .

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#24210 Larry Wall

Let us be charitable, and call it a misleading feature .

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#24211 Larry Wall

programming is an *empirical* science! .

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#24212 Larry Wall

said it would be tough to do in sed. He didn't say he didn't understand sed.understands sed quite well. Which is why he uses Perl. .

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#24213 Larry Wall

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. .

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#24214 Larry Wall

The only disadvantage I see is that it would force everyone to get Perl. Horrors. .

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#24215 Larry Wall

There are probably better ways to do that, but it would make the parser more complex. I do, occasionally, struggle feebly against complexity... .

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#24216 Larry Wall

There are still some other things to do, so don't think if I didn't fix your favorite bug that your bug report is in the bit bucket. (It may be, but don't think it. .

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#24217 Larry Wall

Though I'll admit readability suffers slightly... .

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#24218 Larry Wall

What about WRITING it first and rationalizing it afterwards? .

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#24219 Larry Wall

You want it in one line? Does it have to fit in 80 columns? .

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#24220 Larry Wall

All language designers are arrogant. Goes with the territory... .

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#24221 Larry Wall

Besides, including is a fatal error on machines that don't have it yet. Bad language design, there... .

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#24222 Larry Wall

Besides, it's good to force C programmers to use the toolbox occasionally. .

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#24223 Larry Wall

Hey, I had to let awk be better at *something*... .

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#24224 Larry Wall

If I allowed 'next $label' then I'd also have to allow 'goto $label', and I don't think you really want that... .

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#24225 Larry Wall

In general, if you think something isn't in , try it out, because it usually is. .

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#24226 Larry Wall

I think it's a new feature. Don't tell anyone it was an accident. .

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#24227 Larry Wall

It's there as a sop to former Ada programmers. .

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#24228 Larry Wall

I won't mention any names, because I don't want to get sun4's into trouble... .

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#24229 Larry Wall

Just don't create a file called -rf. .

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#24230 Larry Wall

last|perl -pe '$_ x=/(..:..)...(.*)/&&''$1''ge$1&&''$1''lt$2' That's gonna be tough forto beat... .

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#24231 Larry Wall

No, I'm not going to explain it. If you can't figure it out, you didn't want to know anyway... .

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#24232 Larry Wall

Perl itself is usually pretty good about telling you what you shouldn't do. .

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#24233 Larry Wall

Sorry. My testing organization is either too small, or too large, depending on how you look at it. .

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#24234 Larry Wall

There are many times when you want it to ignore the rest of the string just like atof() does. Oddly enough,calls atof(). How convenient. .

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#24235 Larry Wall

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. .

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#24236 Larry Wall

... an initial underscore already conveys strong feelings of magicalness to a C programmer. .

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#24237 Larry Wall

And I don't like doing silly things (except on purpose). .

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#24238 Larry Wall

 : And it goes against the grain of building small tools. Innocent, Your Honor. Perl users build small tools all day long. .

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#24239 Larry Wall

But you have to allow a little for the desire to evangelize when you think you have good news. .

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#24240 Larry Wall

Down that path lies madness. On the other hand, the road to hell is paved with melting snowballs. .

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#24241 Larry Wall

If I don't document something, it's usually either for a good reason, or a bad reason. In this case it's a good reason. .

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