|Sent on:||Friday, June 7, 2013 10:10 AM|
Recently, Rob Landley tried to remove a Perl dependency that has cropped up in the Linux build system...and tried...and tried. But, no one appeared to want his patches. Even Andrew Mortonargued against removing the Perl dependency, in spite of the fact that Rob’s patches replaced the code with smaller, simpler shell scripts.
It’s unclear what the reluctance stems from—my understanding always has been that any chance to remove a dependency from the Linux build system was a chance worth taking. But apparently, the top kernel developers see a value in this particular dependency.
The e-mail thread was a bit of an eye-opener for me personally, because I’d started to consider Perl to be a legacy language, with no forward progress on Perl 6, and the language itself essentially stalled.