After all, it’s just a perl script

Someone at work volunteered to port and maintain our proprietary package-management tool to Solaris. All twelve thousand uncommented lines of it. Good luck.

I’m sure someone is going to notice, and they’ll want to spend the next 3 months of their time doing a Linux port, too. It seems to me like it would be a better use of their effort and port their app to FreeBSD instead.

We’re a FreeBSD shop. Always have been, and probably always will be.

3 thoughts on “After all, it’s just a perl script

  1. Sander van Zoest


    I actually did a port to Solaris. 🙂

    It was just a matter of using the bsd packages port

    for solaris and making sure perl is installed. The

    cool thing of that packages port is that it integrated with the SunOS package system.

    Other then that it isn’t really that bad.

  2. Jeremy Zawodny

    I remember looking at said script when it was a mere 8,000 lines or so. I was shocked by the lack of documentation (comments) included.


    What ever happened to “now we have the time to do things right, rather than rushing to get the job done, leaving out comments, etc…”?

  3. jr

    If I remember the original author’s statement, he strongly believes that comments interfere with one’s ability to read the code. To put it mildly, he’s a strong advocate of “self-documenting code”.

    This probably explains why much of Shakespeare is written in Python.

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