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Re^4: Advice Choosing a Templating System

by mvandenb (Beadle)
on Mar 02, 2005 at 16:09 UTC ( #435897=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: Advice Choosing a Templating System
in thread Advice Choosing a Templating System

A little search with Google revealed that Domizio's Makefile.PL's "phone home", as Randal calls it:
If LWP::Simple is installed, they execute a CGI on Domizio's webserver to notify him of the installation.
Personally, I agree with Randal that this is questionable at the least, and I consider this an invasion of my privacy.


Comment on Re^4: Advice Choosing a Templating System
Re^5: Advice Choosing a Templating System
by merlyn (Sage) on Mar 02, 2005 at 19:58 UTC
    It was more than that. Although they merely "phone home" now, they originally did the equivalent of:
    use LWP::Simple; eval get "http://his.box/secret/url.cgi";
    Anyone who would try to put such code in a Makefile.PL without adequate notification obviously doesn't "play well with others". It also had to be explained to him, repeatedly, before he decided that it should only phone home instead of doing this!

    While I also object to "phone home", I really object to anyone who would be either naive enough or inconsiderate enough to put code like this in their Makefile.PL.

    It's also enough to make me automatically distrust any of his past or future work. And as I said, I don't make this judgement lightly.

    -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
    Be sure to read my standard disclaimer if this is a reply.

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