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SubjectRe: Perl in the toolchain

On 2003.02.01 Jeff Garzik wrote:
> J.A. Magallon wrote:
> > On 2003.01.31 Jeff Garzik wrote:
> >
> >>On Fri, Jan 31, 2003 at 01:41:26PM -0600, Kai Germaschewski wrote:
> >>
> >>>Generally, we've been trying to not make perl a prequisite for the kernel
> >>>build, and I'd like to keep it that way. Except for some arch specific
> >>
> >>That's pretty much out the window when klibc gets merged, so perl will
> >>indeed be a build requirement for all platforms...
> >>
> >
> >
> > So in short, kernel people:
> > - do not want perl in the kernel build
> > - allow qt to pollute the kernel to have a decent gui config tool
> > - have to rewrite half perl features in C
> > - but perl will be needed anyways
> >
> > instead of
> > - do all parsing in perl, that is what perl is for and what is mainly done
> > in kconfig scripts
> > - do the config backend in perl, and...
> > - do the gui in perl-XXX, so you can have perl-GTK, perl-GTK2, perl-QT or
> > perl-Tk, even perl-Xaw (so you get rid of tcl/tk)
> >
> > I really do not understand...
> Well, you appear to be taking the superset of opinions, which is
> guaranteed to generate a paradox, I should think ;-)
> Specifically regarding kconf, it does not require Qt; Qt is merely an
> optional piece.
> For Perl, yes I personally think it is needed anyway. And re-creating
> Perl's features in C, just to avoid Perl, is not the best technical
> solution when developers already have Perl installed.

As someone said, parsing and string processing is one of the jobs in kernel
config. Kernel gurus decided to rewrite the thing in C to avoid the lacks
in the current bash-ish kconfig, because writing logic for dependencies,
checks and so on is a let's rewrite the logic handling, _and_ the
string processing, btw.
The easies way (from my point of view): write Perl::KConfig in C to do the logic
hard work and build the big thing in perl. That will be putting a perl
interface on top of klibc ?

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