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(OT) Blast from the Past: The Pink Camelby Ovid (Cardinal)
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Recently, I was browsing through Powell's Technical Bookstore here in Portland, Oregon, when my eye fell on a copy of the Pink Camel. After retrieving my eye, I grabbed the book and started reading through it. First published in 1991, this book by Larry Wall and Randal Schwartz (a.k.a. merlyn) is a classic. I had to buy it and at only $9.95, it was a steal (well, to me at least).
Some of my friends and I had a blast sitting around and reading choice passages from it. Nostalgia can be a Good Thing. Because I want everyone to share my joy, here's page xix, explaining how to get Perl via anonymous uucp (I hope this is covered under Fair Use laws or something like that!).
You can get Perl via anonymous uucp from the site osu-cis, thanks to J. Greely <email@example.com> or <osu-cis!jgreely>
You should use the following lines in your L.sys or Systems file:
Of course, you may need to modify this information, as appropriate for your site, to deal with your local telephone system. There are no limitations concerning the hours of the day you may call, and the only charge is your long distance call.
You should probably get these two files first:
This will give you a listing of all the sources available at that site. However, the current Perl distribution is in the files:osu-cis!~/perl/4.0/kits@19/perl.kitXX.Z (XX=01-40)
As noted above, this information is subject to change, and may be out-of-date by the time you read this book.
At any rate, if you have trouble, you can send e-mail to osu-cis!uucp.
To obtain sources from uunet, call 1-900-468-7727 and use the login "uucp" with no password. The Perl distribution is in the file ~uucp/gnu/perl-4.0.10.tar.Z. The examples from this book are in ~uucp/nutshell/perl/perl.tar.Z. As of this writing, the cost is 40 cents per minute. The charges will appear on your next telephone bill. The Perl distribution is about 700,000 bytes, compressed, so don't do this unless you have a Telebit Trailblazer or other very high speed modem.
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