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Re^2: The Lighter Side of Perl Culture (Part I)

by eyepopslikeamosquito (Chancellor)
on Nov 28, 2004 at 22:35 UTC ( #410836=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: The Lighter Side of Perl Culture (Part I)
in thread The Lighter Side of Perl Culture (Part I): Introduction

Thanks for the correction brian. I was working from an old Perl Mongers talk I gave a while back and it seems I got it wrong. I can't find merlyn making any claim of an earlier incarnation of sh2perl, but in this response from Ian Phillipps to Schwern Schwern mentions that a "mythological sh2perl program was one that would email your shell program to either comp.lang.perl (back when there was *only* comp.lang.perl) or Tom Christiansen". (This is also the reference where Ian mentions his little joke program generator).

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by merlyn (Sage) on Nov 28, 2004 at 23:43 UTC
    My sh2perl came from a codification of a joke that I had used in my llama class from about 1994 onward.

    The joke originated because I had "Sadly, there is no sh2perl" on my page that talked about "a2p" and "s2p", but I wanted to say more about that. So I added that there was a FAQ entry about that (in the very old FAQ) saying that "" had been set up as a mail server to translate shell to Perl, and then explained why that was a joke. But I kept embellishing (as I do with the oldest jokes in the courseware) to say that all you really need to do is change:

    #!/bin/sh Your Shell Script Here
    #!/usr/bin/perl system " Your Shell Script Here ":
    and your shell script "became" a Perl script.

    My sh2perl joke just does that automatically, after having suggested that in class for many years.

    There was never a version that mailed it to that was only a reference to the old FAQ that somehow got mangled together with my current implementation.

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

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