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Variant perls (was Re: Working Group Proposal)

July 31, 2000 07:36
Variant perls (was Re: Working Group Proposal)
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Perhaps we could adopt a TeX-like strategy: 

  * Any executable called "perl" must be 100% conformant, standard,
    passes the "trip tests."

  * Any modified version of perl -- whether because certain features
    have been omitted or because certain modules are "compiled in" --
    must be called something else. "siteperl" or "microperl" or

This way, we can satisfy both requirements:

  * Any perl script should be able to rely on a uniform feature set
    in the perl executable.

  * Sometimes it's useful to have a stripped-down or extended perl.
    (Go right ahead, just don't call it perl.)

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