Zack’s Kernel News

Kernel News

Article from Issue 151/2013
Author(s):

Chronicler Zack Brown reports on the latest news, views, dilemmas, and developments within the Linux kernel community.

Perl Dependencies

Rob Landley has not had much luck with his patches to remove Perl as a kernel build dependency. As he pointed out recently, the 2.6.25 Linux kernel added some Perl scripts to the build system. This means that anyone wanting to compile Linux since version 2.6.25, would have to have Perl installed on their system. Before the 2.6.25 kernel, that was never required. Rob’s patches replaced the Perl scripts with simple Unix shell scripts. But – as he said in his email – he’s posted these same patches over and over, and they’ve never been picked up.

 Andrew Morton wrote back, saying he didn’t see why a Perl dependency would be a problem for anyone. He pointed out that any decision to remove Perl dependencies would also necessarily include a commitment to remove all *future* Perl dependencies, which might take a bit of work and diligence. He asked what Rob’s overall reasoning was for these patches.

Buy this article as PDF

Express-Checkout as PDF
Price $2.95
(incl. VAT)

Buy Linux Magazine

SINGLE ISSUES
 
SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
TABLET & SMARTPHONE APPS
Get it on Google Play

US / Canada

Get it on Google Play

UK / Australia

Related content

comments powered by Disqus

Direct Download

Read full article as PDF:

092-094_kernelnews.pdf (351.88 kB)

News

njobs Europe
What:
Where:
Country:
Njobs Netherlands Njobs Deutschland Njobs United Kingdom Njobs Italia Njobs France Njobs Espana Njobs Poland
Njobs Austria Njobs Denmark Njobs Belgium Njobs Czech Republic Njobs Mexico Njobs India Njobs Colombia