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Perl for admin tasks
I've been on the job for just over a month now, and I already have people stopping me and requesting perl scripts. First, the-boss-of-my-boss requested a script to parse a fairly complex log generated by our inside router. Later, I discovered that one of our security guys was manually digging through email every month to locate which ones contained viri in order to produce an Excel spreadsheet showing how many viri were received and how many were sent. In about 15 minutes, I had a script which would parse the monthly logs and, in about 3 minutes, produce what took him days to do. His response was "Man, I have got to learn Perl." My boss' response was "Where were you two years ago when we implemented all of this?"
I didn't answer. He doesn't really want to know where I was two years ago . . .
If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me.