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Regrettable module names
With all due respect to matija for a great module (which is in use here as I speak), File::Tail isn't the best name for what it does (implementing Unix's tail -f (follow) idiom). I've needed the real tail (last n lines of a file) in the past, and the best I found was to use File::ReadFileBackwards and read the n lines needed and reverse the resulting array. I would say that File::Tail::Follow would have been a better name. That would leave File::Tail available for the standard Unix tail idiom.
Another poorly-named module, one of my workhorses, is Mail::Sendmail, which sends mail. It does not, however, require the sendmail program to do its job.
- another intruder with the mooring of the heat of the Perl