|There's more than one way to do things
A whirleygig for a progress indicator for scriptsby da w00t (Sexton)
|on Mar 06, 2000 at 23:08 UTC
Lets say you have a perl script sucking rows out of a database. You generally want to know that it's still running, instead of it sitting there, working it's butt off, and not printing anything while it performs some math or hashing or something. This whirleygig prints a character to stdout or stderr so you can see it working.