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Special case! [was: Re: Re: Backward compatibility: $^O in perl 4]

by bronto (Priest)
on May 08, 2003 at 09:01 UTC ( #256487=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Backward compatibility: $^O in perl 4
in thread Backward compatibility: $^O in perl 4

Actually there is at least one special case: AIX. AIX does it its own way: uname -r returns the minor version of the OS, while uname -v returns the major version; this is the output on AIX 4.3:

bash$ uname -s AIX bash$ uname -r 3 bash$ uname -v 4

With your code the system will appear to have AIX 3 intead of 4...


The very nature of Perl to be like natural language--inconsistant and full of dwim and special cases--makes it impossible to know it all without simply memorizing the documentation (which is not complete or totally correct anyway).
--John M. Dlugosz

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Re: Special case! [was: Re: Re: Backward compatibility: $^O in perl 4]
by krujos (Curate) on May 08, 2003 at 14:29 UTC
    Whoa. I have never caught that before, never had to worry about versions on AIX. Thanks, I will change my code accordingly. You Rock!

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