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Re: [MacPerl] Microsoft funds Perl open-source effort

At 8.17 -0400 1999.06.03, Paul J. Schinder wrote:
>At 7:27 AM -0400 6/3/99, Chris Nandor wrote:
>} Mac OS X will make a lot of money for Apple (probably), and it did require
>} some porting.  The core changes are now in 5.005_57 (under "rhapsody", not
>} "Mac OS X", which may or may not be a good idea :/ ).  Apple already has
>} inversted some money in Perl, by having an employee do this porting work.
>And seeing the patch for that on p5p really said something to me about
>MacOS X, and not something positive. Apple, like every commercial Unix
>vendor, seems to think that everything has to be placed in a non-standard
>location unique to its variant.  As I recall, most of that patch was simple
>path patching.  What a pain it's going to be to port things, and most of
>the pain will be completely unnecessary hacking of Makefile and include
>files and shebang lines.  Some day, of course, autoconf will provides MacOS
>X support, and this will ease, but will never completely disappear.

I was annoyed by that, too, but I don't know if it will be a significant
problem.  I mean, I don't think shebang lines care where the library paths
are, as long as they are in INC.  And Makefiles usually don't care either,
as long as the paths are supplied from somewhere.  Then again, I don't use
different Unixes nearly as much as you do.  :)

Chris Nandor          mailto:pudge@pobox.com         http://pudge.net/
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