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Perl Scatology

by tlm (Prior)
on Apr 20, 2005 at 22:37 UTC ( #449793=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Given that this is a monastery and all, it would have been nice if I'd been able to come up with a meditation titled "Perl Eschatology", but I'll have to settle for "Perl Scatology."

Flipping through the pages of one of my favorite Perl scriptures, the exalted Perl Cookbook, I chanced upon a disgusting little joke I had not noticed before. On recipe 17.20 Program: backsniff, p. 713 (3d ed.), the following logfile entry is shown:

May 25 15:50:22 coprolith sniffer: Connection from to
Here "coprolith" is the name of some server (, to be more precise). As it turns out the same server makes other cameo appearances throughout the book (e.g. in the e-mail address The juxtaposition with the word "sniffer" makes it pretty clear that this was meant as a joke.

Or rather, a crypto-joke. After some Googling I can say that the joke went, if not unnoticed, at least unremarked upon.

I wonder if the editors of O'Reilly were/are in on the joke. I also wonder if FRII ever had a server in their domain with the name "coprolith."

I suppose this belongs in the annals of Perl Humor.

the lowliest monk

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Re: Perl Scatology
by Hero Zzyzzx (Curate) on Apr 21, 2005 at 02:56 UTC

    Ahem. I think you meant "anals of Perl Humor". (ouch)

    -Any sufficiently advanced technology is
    indistinguishable from doubletalk.

    My Biz

Re: Perl Scatology
by bmann (Priest) on Apr 21, 2005 at 04:41 UTC
    I guess that explains POOP ;-)
Re: Perl Scatology
by ciderpunx (Vicar) on Apr 21, 2005 at 11:07 UTC
Coprolite doesn't smell bad.
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 21, 2005 at 18:50 UTC
    Coprolite is fossiled excrement. It smells exactly like... stone. It's hardly an offensive scent, unless the smell of, say, limestone also bothers you.

      I hate to go technical on this particular subject, but coprolite is for wimps; we're talking coprolith here.

      You gotta know your sh*t.

      the lowliest monk

        1 definition found From WordNet (r) 2.0 (August 2003) [wn]: coprolith n : a hard mass of dried feces [syn: {fecalith}, {faecalith}, {stercolith}]

        it's still shit you know :-/

        to ask a question is a moment of shame
        to remain ignorant is a lifelong shame

        sh*t? What do you mean? shallot? sherbet? sheepcot? sheet? shirt? shunt? shortcut? shmaltziest? shutout? shyest? shelterbelt? shabbiest?

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