Perl vs Python vs Ruby

Simon Geard delgarde at
Sat Feb 7 02:49:02 PST 2009

On Sat, 2009-02-07 at 09:31 +0000, Adrian Fisher wrote:
> Hello all :)
> Do any of you know why Perl was chosen for LFS instead of either Python 
> or Ruby?

It wasn't chosen instead of Python or Ruby - it's there simply because
something needed it, because some package in the book cannot be
installed without Perl being present. The same isn't true of Python or
Ruby, so they're not in the LFS book.

I loathe the language myself (I prefer coding in Python), but Perl has
been around long enough that it's considered as much a standard feature
as 'grep' or 'sed' - all sorts of scripts and build tools will assume
it's present.

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