in reply to Re: Why Perl?
in thread Why Perl?

Because it's often usually installed by default on nix-ish boxen.

OK, I'll bite. Go ahead and name any nix-ish distro released in the last decade that didn't/doesn't come with perl installed by default. :-)

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Re^3: Why Perl?
by Preceptor (Deacon) on Jul 18, 2013 at 12:38 UTC

    No, I take that point - I work with some production systems that it's been necessary to really lock it down. For all the reasons Perl is a really handy scripting language, it's also a security risk. I do have to touch systems that are extremely locked down - I've just about won the war about why 'vi' is an acceptable risk. But compilers and interpreters are fabulous ways to leverage an exploit.

    But in that scenario - the only scripting language that's available is shell.