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Configure: shining a light on a very dark and important corner of Perl (Updated)

by 1nickt (Monsignor)
on Nov 03, 2017 at 13:24 UTC ( #1202687=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Great blog post about the modern and ancient history of Configure.

Some highlights:

  • "Configure had 1279 lines of code in its original version. Today, in Perl 5 blead, it has nearly 25,000 lines of code."
  • "Over the years more than 130 individuals have contributed to Configure's evolution in more than 1300 individual commits."
  • "metaconfig is, in essence, a collection of programs written in Perl 4 which launch a series of probes into the hardware and software available on a given machine ..."

(updated with citations)

The way forward always starts with a minimal test.

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Re: Configure: shining a light on a very dark and important corner of Perl (Updated)
by morgon (Curate) on Nov 04, 2017 at 01:56 UTC
    I believe it was Bismarck who said that you don't really want to know two things: How sausages are made and how laws are made.

    I guess the third thing would be how perl gets compiled.

      The wiser you get the more you realize all the everything is sausage

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